The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held a new set of nomination draws on November 09, resulting in 340 new invitations to apply for provincial nominations.
The eligible candidates included foreign workers and international students who already registered under the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of BC PNP.
British Columbia continued its practice of holding two draws simultaneously: one general draw and another occupation-specific draw, which first began in the month of February this year.
In the first draw, the province invited a total of 287 candidates with the minimum provincial scores between 69 and 94 points. A mix of candidates belonging to Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia 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 foodservice managers (NOC 0631). The draw resulted in 53 invitations to apply for provincial nominations with scores of 104.
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.
Permanent Residency in Canada through BC PNP
The “two-step migration” process is now the most preferable pathway for economic-class immigrants. Under this process, eligible candidates are required to apply for a temporary resident visa and gain work experience in Canada. Based on their Canadian experience, they are invited to apply for permanent residence by the federal government.
Over the past decade, nearly 50 per cent of the number of economic class immigrants receiving permanent residence in Canada came under provincial programs (PNPs and Quebec admissions) or the federal Canada Experience Class program.
The provincial nomination from British Columbia is valid for approximately six months from the date of confirmation. During this time period, you can apply with IRCC under the Provincial Nominee Class and receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence through fortnightly Express Entry nomination draws.
As a provincial nominee, you may receive an additional 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of the Express Entry system. The high score will effectively guarantee an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
In its recent Express Entry draw, IRCC invited about 775 candidates with prior provincial nominations. All the invites had a minimum CRS score of 685, ie. they required only 85 points to score on CRS, and the remaining 600 points were to be added automatically.
British Columbia has issued more than 10,000 invitations since the start of the year, by conducting weekly draws. The province is only expected to increase its intake levels next year.
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