British Columbia invited 100 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on October 20.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) sent out a total of eighty (80) invitations through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams. Candidates were invited under the Skilled Workers and International Graduate subcategories.
The minimum required score for the 100 immigration candidates was eighty (80) across all categories.
In addition, twenty (20) people were invited under B.C.’s Entrepreneur Immigration program. A total of fifteen (15) invitations were sent out under the Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category, and five (5) under the Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot. Candidates required at least a score of 122 under the Base Category and a minimum of 109 under the Regional Pilot.
British Columbia holds draw through its various PNP categories and programs on a weekly basis. The largest BC PNP draw of the year sent out 450 provincial nomination invitations on Sept 29.
British Columbia conducts weekly Tech Pilot draws through which candidates with job offers in twenty-nine (29) eligible occupations are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Introduced in 2017, the purpose of the Tech Pilot is to help British Columbia’s thriving technology sector recruit IT workers to help address the current labor market gaps.
In order to be accepted under the Tech Pilot, candidates needed to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least twelve (12) months in one of the Tech Pilot’s eligible occupations.
To apply for the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories candidates must first create a valid profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and apply under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Applicants are assessed and given a score based on factors such as age, work experience, level of education, proficiency in English, and employment location.
If a candidate is approved, they can then use their provincial nomination to apply for Canadian permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Program.
Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from the British Columbia immigration department will be given an extra 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are practically assures an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in the upcoming federal Express Entry draw.
The latest Express Entry draws was one of the biggest ever, inviting 4,500 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
Meanwhile, the Entrepreneur Immigration — Base Category is for entrepreneurs or businessmen who are experienced and will establish a business or take over an existing one in British Columbia.
The aim of the Regional Pilot program is to attract entrepreneurs in participating regions of the province in order to promote economic growth.