British Columbia has invited 314 Immigration candidates in the Express Entry and Skills category to apply for a provincial nomination in a new invitation round conducted June 30.
This Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw was the largest carried out by British Columbia immigration department since the coming of the coronavirus pandemic and the second largest overall of 2020.
The biggest draw took place prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, on March 10, and saw 332 invitations issued.
The BC Express Entry stream is linked with the federal government’s Express Entry system, which manages the pool of applicants for Canada’s three major economic immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class and Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry candidates with provincial nominations are granted an extra 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and their applications for Canadian permanent residence are processed via the Express Entry system, which normally has a processing time of six months or less.
The 314 Immigration candidates granted invitations for a provincial nomination from the BC PNP in this round were selected from the stream’s International Graduate, Skilled Worker and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, British Columbia once again excluded certain occupations from this draw, predominantly related to hospitality, tourism and retail.
The minimum score requirement in today’s draw ranged between Seventy-nine (79) and 100 for the five EEBC and SI categories that were involved.
More specifically, the minimum scores were:
- SI – Skilled Worker: Ninety-eight (98)
- SI – International Graduate: One hundred (100)
- SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: Seventy-nine (79)
- EEBC – Skilled Worker: Ninety-eight (98)
- EEBC – International Graduate: One hundred (100)
In order to obtain an invitation through the EEBC, candidates have to be registered under both the federal Express Entry system and British Columbia’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Skills Immigration candidates only require to be registered with the SIRS.
The June 30 draw saw British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program officials exclude thirty-one (31) occupations.
As a result of the impact of the pandemic, the following were excluded from the June 30 draw:
0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
0632 – Accommodation service manager
0651 – Manager in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
3236 – Massage therapists
6311 – Food service supervisor
6321 – Chefs
6322 – Cooks
6341 – Hairstylist and barbers
6421 – Retail salesperson
6511 – Maîtres d’hôtel and hosts/hostesses
6512 – Bartender
6513 – Food and beverage servers
6521 – Travel counsellors
6522 – Purser and flight attendants
6523 – Airline ticket and service agent
6524 – Ground and water transport ticket agent, cargo service representatives and related clerks
6525 – Hotel front desk clerk
6531 – Tour and travel guides
6532 – Outdoor sports and recreational guides
6533 – Casino occupations
6562 – Electricians, electrologists and related occupations
6564 – Other personal services occupations
6611 – Cashiers
6621 – Service station attendant
6711 – Food counter attendants, kitchen helper and related support occupations
6721 – Support occupation in accommodation, travel and facility set-up services
6722 – Operators and attendant in amusement, recreation and sports
6731 – Light duty cleaners
Candidates who were invited in the June 30 draw now have up to thirty (30) calendar days to lodge a complete application to the British immigration office for the provincial nomination.