British Columbia rolled out invitations to 506 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on March 16.
This invitations were given to 506 candidates, from Express Entry BC (EEBC) and the Skills Immigration (SI) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PN
Particullary, those who received invitations were from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.
There were two separate draws, one that was specifically for restaurant and foodservice managers (NOC 0631) and retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621). A total of seventy-eight (78) invitations were given to people working in these occupations, and the minimum provincial score requirement was 114. The remaining 428 immigration candidates who were invited had scores between eighty-one (81) and Ninety-six (96).
- Skills Immigration— Skilled worker: ninety-six (96)
- Skills Immigration— International graduate: Ninety-four (94)
- Skills Immigration— Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: eighty-one (81)
- Express Entry BC— Skilled Worker: Ninety-six (96)
- Express Entry BC— International Graduate: Ninety-four (94)
British Columbia has now invited 2,432 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates so far 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:
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Canadian Experience Class
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.
About the Tech Pilot
Every week, individuals are invited through the BC PNP Tech Pilot. This PNP is an accelerated or fast-track immigration program for international students and in-demand tech workers. Candidates need to be registered in one of British Colombia.’s existing provincial immigration programs and have a job offer of at least twelve (12) months in one of the Tech Pilot’s twenty-nine (29) eligible occupations.
The pilot project was introduced in May 2017, following a labor market study that found the biggest problem facing the province’s tech sector was access to talent.
So, the Tech Pilot program was created to support the tech sector’s growth by making it more easier for workers with in-demand skills to immigrate to British Columbia.
According to the most recent Labor Force Survey, British Columbia.’s scientific, professional, and technical services industry grew 15.6 percent between Feb 2020 and Feb 2021. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, British Columbia tech continues to grow.Share with friends