The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) on May 11 issued 379 invitations to eligible immigration candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams.
These candidates belonged to Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams. They are now one step closer to obtaining a provincial nomination. Further, it will significantly reduce their efforts to gain permanent residency in Canada.
Since February 2021, BC PNP has been innovating with its nomination draws. The province is conducting two separate rounds of invitations every two weeks – the first being a general draw and the second draw targets specific occupations like retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621), restaurant and foodservice managers (NOC 0631).
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The first general draw invited 331 candidates whose provincial scores ranged between 77 and 94 points. While the occupation-specific second draw led to 48 invitations to eligible candidates having a minimum score of 112.
British Columbia aims to attract foreign workers who are in high demand in the province and who wish to become permanent residents in Canada.
In order to be considered for BC PNP nomination draws, interested candidates need to register under the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Such candidates are assigned a score based on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills.
BC PNP also extends special nominations to foreign talent having specific tech-related occupations and work experience. A complete list of 29 eligible occupations under the Tech Pilot can be viewed here.
Additionally, BC PNP has dedicated Express Entry-linked streams that nominate eligible candidates directly from the federal talent pool. One biggest advantage for such candidates is that they receive an additional 600 points to their overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This is enough to guarantee an invitation for permanent residence in subsequent Express Entry draws.
Analyzing the data from provincial draws from British Columbia over the last four months, the province has been consistent in nominating at least 400 invitations in five categories of the BC PNP every two weeks.
This is enough to suggest that Canada is keen on fulfilling its immigration commitments of welcoming over 401,000 new immigration in 2021. More specifically, a target of 80,000 new immigrants in 2021 through PNP alone is set on the right course.
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