British Columbia received 488 applicants through four Provincial Nominee Program draws (PNP), held August 31, 2021.
British Columbia has held two rounds of invitations each month since February for its PNP program. There is a general draw as well as a second draw that targets retail and wholesale retailers managers, as well as restaurant or foodservice managers. According to the news release, the second draw was due to high numbers of people who are registered with the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System. These additional draws will allow B.C. B.C. aims to meet the labour market needs of all the provinces.
In the general draw, invitations were sent to candidates from the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program’s (BC PNP), Skills Immigration (SI), and Express Entry BC(EEBC) streams.
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Invitations were sent to the Skilled Workers, International Graduate, Entry Level, and Semi-Skilled streams of SI and EEBC.
Minimum scores required to be eligible for the draw were between 69 points and 90 points. There were 467 total candidates.
Another separate draw was conducted under SI and EEBC and targeted candidates whose occupation falls within NOC 0621 and NOC 0631. The draw produced 21 invitations, with scores of 106.
B.C. has issued more than 8,000 invitations so far this year. Through various BC PNP streams, more than 8,000 invitations have been issued so far this year.
About the BC PNP
The BC PNP is designed to attract skilled foreign workers to the province who want to be permanent Canadians.
Two streams of immigration are managed by the BC PNP: Express Entry and Skills Immigration. Both streams can be sub-categories. These streams are managed by B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System. To apply for the SIRS, first register an account. After this, you will receive a score that is based on your education, work experience, language skills, and other factors.
The top-scoring candidates in each sub-category will be invited to apply to a provincial nomination for permanent residency.
You have 30 days to complete your application via the BC PNP Online System if you have received an invitation.
After you have submitted your complete BC PNP application package, you will be notified by the province within two to three months. If your nomination is approved, you will be eligible to apply for permanent residence status to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada under the Provincial Nominee class.
The nomination is valid for six months starting from the date of confirmation.
You may be eligible to receive 600 additional points as a provincial nominee under the CRS. This will allow you to score enough to be invited to apply (ITA) in a federal Express Entry draw.