The latest round of British Columbia PNP draw held on April 19 resulted in about 175 new invitations to apply for Canadian immigration. The westernmost province simultaneously held three separate provincial draws in addition to the general provincial nominee program draw to apply for Canadian immigration.
The eligible candidates included foreign workers and international students who were already registered under the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) provincial nominee program streams.
The first general British Columbia PNP draw issued a total of 147 invitations to apply for provincial nominations that could eventually result in Canada permanent residency. Candidates with the minimum provincial scores between 77 and 125 points only received invitations. They include Skilled Workers, recent International Graduates or Entry Levels, and Semi-Skilled workers.
Active profiles in the federal Express Entry pool also received invitations to apply for Canadian immigration under this Provincial Nominee Program draws.
The second occupation-specific British Columbia PNP draw targeted three specific occupations:
- 20 early childhood educators (NOC 4214) with scores of at least 70;
- 07 healthcare professionals with scores of at least 70;
- about five animal health technologists and veterinarians (NOC 3114 and NOC 3213) with scores ranging between 70- 78.
The provincial nominee program’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) manages applications under the two skilled immigration programs. Registration and profile assessment based on education, work experience, and language skills form the core selection criteria.
Permanent Residency in Canada via Provincial Nominee Program
The “two-step migration” process is now the most preferable pathway for economic-class immigrants to apply for Canadian immigration.
Eligible candidates may qualify for a temporary resident visa and gain work experience in Canada. Based on their Canadian work experience, they may apply for permanent residence either through the provincial nominee program or Canada Experience Class (CEC).
|Recent statistics show that the share of those admitted within the provincial nominee program is at 46% and the share of those landing via CEC increased from 8% to 19%, in 2015.|
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. You may receive an additional 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) of the Express Entry system.
In fact, the recent Express Entry draws targeted a record-breaking 787 candidates with prior provincial nominations. All the invites had a minimum CRS score of 782. It meant that they required only 185 points to score on CRS to qualify! The remaining 600 points were to be added automatically for receiving provincial nominations.
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