British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) conducted a nomination draw on July 20 to invite 383 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nominations.
The province continued the trend of holding two draws: one general draw and another occupation-specific draw simultaneously. In the first draw held on July 20, the province invited a total of 323 candidates with the minimum provincial scores between 75 and 91 points. It was held under Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) categories. 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.
The second specialist draw was also conducted under SI and EEBC categories and targeted candidates whose occupation falls under retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621) as well as restaurant and food service managers (NOC 0631). The draw resulted in 60 invitations to apply for provincial nominations with scores of 107.
British Columbia’s Skills Immigration Registration System (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
Applicants for Entrepreneur Immigration Temporarily Suspended
Before this nomination draws, British Columbia had announced to temporarily pause registrations for entrepreneur applicants. However, the suspension would only apply to registrations under the Base category. But 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.
“Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on B.C.’s economy, the temporary pause allows us to review the EI – Base category to ensure it continues to meet its objectives to support government priorities and economic recovery, and prepare prospective applicants for the greatest chance of success,” said a release issued by 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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