British Columbia government invited more than 430 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nominations for Canadian permanent residence in a draw conducted September 1.
The British Columbia immigration department continues to exclude occupations in tourism, retail, hospitality, and personal services due to pervasive unemployment in these sectors since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Invitations were sent to International Graduate and Skilled Worker candidates in the Express Entry BC (EEBC), Skills Immigration (SI) as well as those in Entrepreneur programs.
The EEBC class is for applicants with a valid profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system, which is Canada’s major pathway for skilled immigrants who are hoping to acquire Canadian permanent residence.
The Skills Immigration class 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-six (76) and Ninety-eight (98) for the five EEBC and SI categories that were involved.
The minimum scores were:
- SI – Skilled Workers: 94
- SI – International Graduates: 98
- SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 76
- EEBC – Skilled Workers: 94
- EEBC – International Graduates: 98
In order to obtain an invitation through the EEBC candidates must be registered under both the federal Express Entry system and B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Express Entry system is the federal government’s application management tool. Express Entry candidates are given points based on human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, and language proficiency in French or English.
The 430 immigration candidates with a provincial nomination receive an extra 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
Skills Immigration candidates are only required to be registered with the SIRS.
Invitations were also sent out to applicants in the Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category Streams and in the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Streams on September 1.
In the Entrepreneur Immigration Base class, six invitations were sent out to candidates with scores as low as 126.
The Base Category is for either business owners and senior managers who plan to invest in a business in British Columbia and to actively run the business on a day-to-day basis.
Under-five invitations were also rolled out to candidates with scores of at least 128 via the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot Stream, which is created to attract new businesses to smaller, regional communities in British Columbia.
These three new draws follow last week’s draw through which Seventy-two (72) invitations were sent out under the BC PNP’s Tech Pilot to Skilled Worker and International Graduates with job offers in one of its twenty-nine (29) eligible tech occupations.
A minimum score of eighty (80) was the cut-off for each category.
Launched in 2017, the Tech Pilot responds to labour needs in British Columbia’s tech sector.
BC PNP Tech Pilot candidates are not required to demonstrate an indeterminate, full-time job offers, a requirement that applies to most other BC PNP immigration streams.
Instead, application must have an employment offer that is at least one year in duration and have a minimum of 120 calendar days remaining as at the time of applying for a provincial nomination.