British Columbia PNP draw held the latest round of nominations on May 10 resulting in over 166 new invitations to apply for Canadian immigration. The westernmost province invited a majority of profiles through the Tech stream in addition to an entrepreneur stream draw and two occupation-specific draws supporting the health and education sector.
All invited profiles either had prior skilled work experience or international graduates with study experience in Canada and were already registered in one of the BC immigration streams to receive the provincial nominations.
British Columbia PNP draw: tech stream
The first British Columbia PNP draws issued a total of 126 invitations to apply for provincial nominations that could lead to Canadian permanent residency. All these profiles had to have a minimum score of 85 points under the British Columbia Tech stream.
The BC PNP Tech is an exclusive employer-driven immigration program. It targets international graduates and in-demand tech workers to apply for provincial nominations.
Generally, the Provincial Nominee Program requires eligible candidates to have work experience and a valid job offer. BC PNP Tech program requires immigration candidates to have work experience in one of 29 eligible occupations.
Some in-demand tech occupations include
- Web designers & developers
- Graphic designers, and illustrators
- Software engineers and designers
- Civil Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Chemical Engineers
- Software Engineers
- Tech Managers
British Columbia PNP draw: occupation-specific draws
The second occupation-specific British Columbia PNP draw targeted two specific occupations:
- 20 early childhood educators (NOC 4214) with scores of at least 62;
- 20 healthcare professionals with scores of at least 62; in addition to this, the latest British Columbia PNP draw also invited nurses aides, orderlies, and patient service associates.
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.
BC PNP draw: entrepreneurial stream
Nearly after two months, BC provincial nominee program invited less than five profiles under the Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) regional pilot stream. The province is said to take in new applications under this provincial immigration stream from July 2022.
Apply for Canadian Immigration via Provincial Nominee Program
Canadian immigration means a pathway to obtain permanent residency. 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 British Columbia PNP draws nominations are 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 545 candidates with prior provincial nominations. All the invites had a minimum CRS score of 753. It meant that they required only 153 points to score on CRS to qualify! The remaining 600 points were to be added automatically for receiving provincial nominations.
So far, British Columbia PNP draws have issued about 3,200 invitations to apply for provincial nominations. With the latest immigration levels plan for 2022, Canada PNPs are targeting to land about 83,500 newcomers this year.
Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for provincial nominee programs in Canada.
Improve your chances of qualifying for Canadian immigration with a certified consultant like CanApprove. You may book a free appointment with us to explore suitable immigration pathways and determine your eligibility based on work experience and academic profile.