The results of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) draws held on November 10 are now out. A total of 358 foreign skilled workers received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination through its Express Entry and Skills Immigration streams.
British Columbia continues its provincial nominations for its various categories and streams on a weekly basis. In 2020, BC PNP has issued upto 450 nominations in a single draw held on September 29.
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Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration Streams
For any candidate to receive a provincial nomination from British Columbia, registration under the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) is mandatory.
Under the SIRS, the applicants’ profiles are evaluated and issued a score based on the level of education, work experience, proficiency in English, and location of employment. The maximum scoring is done out of 200 points.
November 10 issued nominations under the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories.
Below given is the minimum score required for receiving an invitation for a provincial nomination.
|Minimum Required Score – October 27 BC PNP draws|
|Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker||93 points|
|Skills Immigration: International Graduate||94 points|
|Skills Immigration Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled||75 points|
|Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker||92 points|
|Express Entry BC: International Graduate||93 points|
Express Entry British Columbia is aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system. It allows the province to select eligible candidates from the federal Express Entry pool, thereby significantly reducing application processing times.
The Skills Immigration Program is composed of a number of categories including Skilled Worker, Healthcare Professions, International Graduate, each with their own unique eligibility requirements.
On receiving a successful provincial nomination, one can apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Applying under the Express Entry-linked PNP stream is the fastest way to get permanent residence in Canada.
B.C. Tech Pilot
BC PNP started a weekly Tech Pilot draw in 2017 to attract foreign talent in the growing BC’s tech sector. The pilot is now available to nominate skilled workers for 29 occupations as mentioned below. The Tech pilot is open until June 2021 and may extend beyond.
Candidates need to have a valid job offer in one of 29 eligible occupations to qualify for B.C. Tech Pilot. Click here to know all the 29 eligible occupations and their NOC code.
How is Canada PNP equally a good choice?
Firstly, Canada has unveiled its historic Immigration Levels Plans which promises over 400,000 new immigrants annually for the next three years. Just like any other plan, upto 60% of new migrants will come under economic-class programs – Federal programs for Skilled Workers, Business, Caregivers, and Provincial Nominee Programs.
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Secondly, the Annual Report on Immigration submitted to Canadian Parliament mentioned the success of Canada PNP in welcoming more immigrants in 2019.
Overall, last year was good for Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia as it attracted a good number of immigrants to apply for provincial nominations through PNP. As per the conventions, a provincial nomination is a guaranteed ticket to obtain permanent residence in Canada.
Thirdly, more than any liberal policies for immigration, the public confidence in welcoming more immigrants in Canada is at an all-time high. Multiple global surveys, immigration opinion polls reaffirm the fact: Canada is ranked No.1 in the best immigration destination with Australia in fourth place and the United States in sixth place.
Ultimately, Canada is majorly dependent on immigration to strengthen its economy. On the social front, Canada is giving equal impetus to family immigration to support its aging population and improve its problem of low birth rate.
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