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B.C. Invites 417 Immigration Candidates To Apply For A Provincial Nomination

British Columbia invited 417 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on October 14.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued invites to 417 immigration candidates through the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams. Candidates were invited under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subclasses, as well as the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subclass under the Skills Immigration stream.

The minimum required score for applicants varied between Seventy-five (75) and Ninety-four (94) across all categories. Some occupations were left out of this draw due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting regional businesses. These thirty-one (31) occupations can be found on the British Columbia’s government website.

B.C. immigration department holds draws through its various PNP categories on a weekly basis. Two weeks ago, the province rolled out 450 provincial nomination invitations in its biggest draw this year.

British Columbia also holds weekly Tech Pilot draws through which candidates with job offers in twenty-nine (29) eligible occupations are invited to file for a provincial nomination.

Launched in 2017, the aim of the Tech Pilot program is to help B.C.’s technology sector attract IT workers to help meet it current labor market needs.

In order to be considered qualified under the Tech Pilot program, applicants need to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration programs and have a valid job offer of at least twelve (12) months in one of the Tech Pilot’s eligible occupations.

To apply under the Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories candidates must first create a valid profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and apply under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Candidates are assessed and issued a score based on factors such as work experience, age, level of education, proficiency in English and location of employment.

If a candidate is approved, they can then use their provincial nomination to apply for Canadian permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Program.

Immigration candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an extra 600 points towards their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are practically guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in upcoming federal Express Entry draw.

Canada just conducted one of its largest Express Entry draws ever, inviting 4,500 immigration candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.