B.C. Invites 494 Immigration Candidates In Two Separate PNP draws

British Columbia immigration invited 494 immigration candidates in two separate Provincial Nominee Program draws conducted on February 16, 2021.

Out of the total number of invitations sent to the 494 immigration candidates, 459 went to candidates from the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

More specifically, invitations were sent out to candidates in the International Graduate, Skilled Worker, as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-category of SI and EEBC streams.

The minimum scores for this draw ranged between eighty-five (85) and One-hundred and four (104) points.

Another thirty (35) invitations were rolled out to candidates who work as retail and wholesale trade managers as well as food service and restaurant managers. The province said it held this draw because “both occupations have a high number of registrants within the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System.”

The province also announced it will start inviting candidates in the hospitality, tourism, retail, and personal services occupations that it has been excluding from recent draws.

The British Columbia province has now conducted nine draws, bringing the total number of invitations rolled out to date to 1,308 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.

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. Last Saturday, IRCC held a historic major Express Entry draw inviting a record number of 27,332 Express Entry candidates in one day.

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