B.C Invites 444 Immigration Candidates In New PNP Draw

British Columbia province invited 444 immigration candidates to two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws conducted on March 2.

The invitations were sent out to candidates from the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

More specifically, those who got invitations were from the Skilled Workers, International Graduates as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams.

The minimum scores for the largest draw ranged between eighty-three (83) and Ninety-seven (97) points. A total of 418 were invited to this draw.

There was also a separate draw held for restaurant and foodservice managers (NOC 0631) and retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621), where twenty-six (26) invitations were issued to candidates with scores of at least 118.

The province has now held Eleven (11) invitation rounds, bringing the total number of invitations sent out to date to 1,839 in 2021.

About the BC PNP

The British Colombia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) aims to attract foreign workers who are in high demand in the province and who wish to become Canadian permanent residents.

The BC PNP has two separate immigration streams, Express Entry and Skills Immigration, both of which are shared into sub-categories. Both streams are processed and managed under B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

In order to apply through the SIRS, you must first register an account. Once this is done, you will be assigned a score based on factors such as work experience, education, and language skills.

The highest-scoring immigration candidates from each sub-category are then invited to file for a provincial nomination for permanent residency when British Columbia holds one of its regular draws.

If you received an invitation you will have thirty (30) days from the date of the invitation to lodge a complete application via the BC PNP online system.

Once you lodge a complete BC PNP application package you will be informed of the province’s decision within approximately two to three (3) months.

If your nomination is approved, you will be qualified to apply to Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status under the Provincial Nominee Class. The nomination is valid for about six months from the date of confirmation.

About Express Entry BC stream

The EEBC stream is linked to the federal Express Entry immigration application management system.

Express Entry candidates are awarded points based on human capital factors such as work experience, age, education, and language proficiency in French or English under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). They must also meet the minimum requirements for one of IRCC’s Express Entry programs:

As a provincial nominee, you may obtain an extra 600 points under the CRS and therefore have a score good enough to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in future federal Express Entry draw.

Express Entry draws continue to be conducted on a regular basis despite current travel restrictions and border closures. PNPs have continued to operate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is no sign of their activities abating in 2021.