B.C. Issues 256 Invitations In New PNP Draw

British Columbia immigration issued 256 invitations to immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence, in a draw conducted on December 8.

Invitations rolled out in this draw went to candidates registered in the International Graduates and Skilled Workers categories of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams.

Immigration candidates in the Skills Immigration: Entry-level and Semi-skilled Worker category were also invited.

The BC PNP Express Entry categories are open and accessible to candidates with a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system. The federal system processes and manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s major economic immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Trades Class, Federal Skilled Worker Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

The Skills Immigration category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the British Columbia province.

The minimum score requirements in today’s draw ranged between Seventy-seven (77) and Ninety-seven 97 for the five Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories that were involved.

The following is a breakdown of the minimum scores:

  • SI – Skilled Worker: Ninety-five (95)
  • SI – International Graduate: Ninety-five (95
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: Seventy-seven (77)
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker: Ninety-seven (97)
  • EEBC – International Graduate: Ninety-seven (97)

In order to get an invitation via the EEBC candidates should be registered under both the federal Express Entry system and British Columbia Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants who received an invitation to apply now have up to thirty (30) calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete application via the BC PNP Online registration system. An invitation to apply does not guarantee that candidates will be approved for a nomination.

In order to be considered under the BC PNP, most applicants must have an indeterminate, full-time employment offer from an employer in the British Columbia province who is ready to support them through the application process.​

Express Entry is the federal government’s main application management system. Express Entry candidates are allotted points based on human capital factors such as age, educational qualification, work experience, and language proficiency in French or English.

Express Entry applicants with a provincial nomination receive an extra 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.