New PNP Draws Push British Columbia To Issue Over 7000 Provincial Nominations in 2021

British Columbia invited 374 PNP candidates in new draws

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held a new nomination draw on August 03 to invite 374 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nominations. 

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The province conducted two back-to-back draws, a trend that began in February 2021. In the first general draw, British Columbia invited a major portion of the total draw size – 361 candidates with the minimum provincial scores between 74 and 91 points. It was held under Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) categories. 

The second specialist draw resulted in targeted nominations. Eligible candidates under SI and EEBC categories and whose occupation falls under retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621) as well as restaurant and foodservice managers (NOC 0631) were invited. The draw resulted in 13 invitations to apply for provincial nominations with scores of 107.

British Columbia had justified the need to hold a second occupation draw in the past. According to information released by the province, this second draw is due to a high number of people registered in the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) with these two occupations. The second draw is expected to balance the needs in all sectors of the provincial labor market.

7041 Invitations were Issued Through Various BC PNP Streams

A mix of candidates belonging to Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams were nominated in these draws. 

SIRS manages the two skilled immigration programs of the province. Any aspirants willing to get nominations must first register an account and get their profile assessed on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills.

Earlier last month, British Columbia had announced to temporarily pause registrations for entrepreneur applicants. The suspension would only apply to registrations under the Base category only. Individuals who have already submitted a registration or application will not be affected by the suspension.

The Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) – Base Category is for those who want to immigrate to British Columbia and are willing to invest in and actively manage a valid business in the province. 

The ‘enhanced’ provincial streams like the EI – Regional Pilot, Strategic Projects, and all Skills immigration categories are still open. It is expected that British Columbia would resume the EI-base category nominations in 2022. 

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