In its third nomination draw in the month of August, British Columbia nominates 302 eligible candidates to apply for permanent residence. August 18 draw is a classic way of receiving a provincial nomination for obtaining permanent residency in Canada. In other words, close to 6,000 eligible applicants have already obtained Canada PR in 2020 through the B.C. provincial draws.
As the case with other provincial nomination draws be, the latest British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) draws targeted Skilled Workers and International Graduates under two immigration streams: Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC.
The Skills Immigration (S.I.) caters to the aspirations of skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province. Any interested candidate for being considered for Canada PR through B.C. nominations must also be registered under the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Similarly, the Express Entry BC (EEBC) stream is open for candidates who are already registered in the federal Express Entry pool.
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Any registered profile both under SIRS and federal Express Entry system is assessed and evaluated based on human and economic capital factors including work experience, education, age, proficiency in English/French and optional job offer criteria. The highest-scoring candidates are ranked one above the other and based on a minimum qualifying score such candidates are selected for provincial nomination.
The minimum score requirements in August 18 BC PNP draws ranged between 76 and 98. The category-wise breakdown is as follows:
The minimum scores were distributed as follows:
- SI – Skilled Worker: 96
- SI – International Graduate: 98
- SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 76
- EEBC – Skilled Worker: 96
- EEBC – International Graduate: 98
Candidates registered under the Skills Immigration and BC Express Entry streams may also be considered for immigration under the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Such candidates will have to showcase their eligibility in one of the program’s 29 in-demand tech occupations.
Tech Pilot candidates are not mandated to have a job offer unlike qualifying criteria for other immigration programs under the BC PNP. However, such candidates must demonstrate a work experience of at least one year in duration in one of the 29 in-demand tech occupations. Tech Pilot is expected to run until June 2021.
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