British Columbia (B.C.) has had a significant role to play in welcoming and retaining a steady in-flow of economic-class immigrants in Canada.
British Columbia is recognized globally as a land of opportunity for foreign skilled workers, international students & business entrepreneurs. Most of them plan their immigration for better career opportunities, a higher standard of living, as well as obtain permanent residence that may eventually end up in Citizenship.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is the province’s direct immigration program that supports the critical needs of B.C.’s labour market and economic development priorities.
The September 15 PNP draw issued a total of 407 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. Eventually, such candidates along with their dependent family members can apply to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence.
Invitations under Skills Immigration & Express Entry B.C.
September 15 PNP draws invited candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams. These are employer-driven immigration streams to help businesses or employers in British Columbia attract and retain international workers and students.
The BC PNP categories are managed under the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). All the eligible candidates are required to have a job offer from an employer in BC.
Firstly, candidates are required to register an account under the SIRS. Later, these profiles are assigned a score based on factors like education, work experience, and language proficiency.
The minimum scores for this draw ranged between 75 and 95 points.
The current state of BC PNP
BC PNP had already crossed the 6000 mark for the total number of nominations in 2020. It is also one of the only few provinces after Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba to have issued more provincial nominations for Canada PR in a year.
Apart from usual programs, British Columbia Tech Pilot is seen as a game-changer since its launch last year. Candidates with no permanent, full-time job offer but having work experience in one of the 29 in-demand Tech occupations in the province are invited.