If one Canadian province stands out in nominating eligible candidates to apply for permanent residence, it will have to be British Columbia. The province has acted as a flag-bearer for Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) since the imposed travel restrictions by regularly nominating skilled workers and international student graduates for permanent residency.
The present travel restrictions in the view of COVID-19 pandemic did not deter the spirits of Canadian immigration as British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) nominates 437 eligible candidates under its Skills category and Express Entry-linked category.
August 7 BC PNP draws extended provincial nominations to skilled workers, international student graduates and candidates with their Expression of Interest (EOIs) registered in the federal Express Entry pool. Such candidates were required to qualify a minimum provincial score that ranged from 76 and 98.
BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS)
British Columbia follows its unique scoring system to select desirable candidates to fulfil the labour demand of the province. SIRS is a dedicated system designed for registrations under BC PNP. It assesses and scores candidates out of a total 200 points. The points are allocated on the basis of Economic factors including job offer and Human factors such as language proficiency, work experience and education.
Candidates with prior job offer in British Columbia & proficiency in English or French are awarded the maximum points. In addition, interested Express Entry candidates can meet minimum provincial eligibility criteria in order to be considered for a provincial nomination from BC PNP in one of the following streams:
- Skilled Workers (including Health Care Professionals category)
- International Post Graduates
- International Graduates
But first, such candidates will have to qualify for one of the three federal economic immigration programs to enter the Express Entry pool- the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
An inherent advantage for Express Entry nominees is that an additional of 600 points get added to their overall Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. It will guarantee a permanent residence in the subsequent Express Entry draws.
The category-wise breakdown of required qualifying score for August 7 BC PNP draws:
|BC PNP Category||Immigration streams||Qualifying Provincial score|
|Express Entry B.C.||Skilled Worker||97|
|Skills Immigration||Skilled Worker||97|
|Entry-level and Semi-skilled||76|
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