British Columbia invited 370 immigration candidates to two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws conducted on May 25.
The westernmost province has been conducting two separate rounds of invitations under its PNP program since February.
There was a general draw and a second draw aimed at retail and wholesale trade managers as well as restaurant and food-services managers.
There is also a high number of people registered in the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System with these two occupations.
And the province is looking to balance the needs in all sectors of the provincial labour market.
The 370 immigration candidates from the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and the Skills Immigration (SI) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) received invitations in the general draw.
More precisely, invitations were sent out to those from the Skilled Workers, International Graduate.
As well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of EEBC and SI streams.
The minimum scores for that draw ranged between Seventy-Six and Ninety-four points.
A total of 323 immigration candidates were invited.
The separate draw was also held under SI and EEBC categories and targeted candidates whose occupation falls into NOC 0621 or NOC 0631.
The draw resulted in 47 invitations with CRS scores of 111.
So far this year, B.C. issued a total of 4,808 invitations through various BC PNP streams.
About the BC PNP
The BC PNP aims to attract high in-demand foreign workers in the province and who wish to become Canadian permanent residents.
The BC immigration has two streams, Express Entry and Skills Immigration, both of which are divided into sub-categories.
These immigration streams are managed under B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
You are required to register an account in order to apply through the SIRS.
Once this is done, you will be given a score based on factors such as age, education, work experience, and language skills.
The highest-scoring immigration candidates from each sub-category are then invited to file for a provincial nomination.
And apply for Canadian permanent residency when BC conducts one of its regular draws.
If you get an invitation you will have thirty days from the date of the invitation to submit 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 2 to 3 months.
If your nomination is successful, you become qualified to apply to IRCC for permanent resident status under the Provincial Nominee Category.
The nomination is valid for six months from the date of confirmation.
As a provincial nominee, you will get an extra 600 points under the CRS.
Therefore have a score sufficient to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during the upcoming federal Express Entry draw.
Life In British Columbia
British Columbia is one of the most beautiful provinces in Canada and a top tourist spot.
It offers some of the last truly wild country in North America as well as some of the most exciting cities.
With a population of over 4.5 million people, most residents tend to live in the capital city, Victoria and Vancouver.
The cost of living in the province will differ depending on whether you opt to live in rural areas or the major cities.
British Columbia does have the highest living expenses in Canada.
It also boasts some of the best schools and top-notch healthcare cover at the government’s expense.
The average cost of a home in the province is $632,000.
This province is endowed with an abundance of natural resources, meaning that the most lucrative industries are mining, fishing, and agriculture.
As a viable and growing economy, job opportunities open up often in mining, construction, manufacturing, and education.