358 invitations issued via British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) draw

British Columbia BC PNP Draw
  • November 12, 2020

This time British Columbia (BC) invited applicants from 3 skilled worker immigration sub-categories and 2 Express Entry sub-categories via Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

On November 10, BC held its weekly PNP draw & a total of 358 invitations were issued by the BC PNP through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) & Skill Immigration streams.

Applicants were selected from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories. The minimum score requirement for each category was,

  • Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker: 93 points
  • Skills Immigration: International Graduate: 94 points
  • Skills Immigration Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled: 75 points
  • Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker: 92 points
  • Express Entry BC: International Graduate: 93 points

Because of the coronavirus impact on B.C. businesses, certain occupations were excluded in this draw. The BC PNP webpage has a full list of excluded occupations.

BC follows a pattern for PNP draws; they hold draws across its various PNP categories and streams every week.

To get eligible under the EEBC program, candidates are required to be registered under both the federal  Express Entry  system and B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Express Entry (EE) is a federal government’s application management system that gives points to EE candidates considering human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language proficiency in English or French.

An EE candidate having a provincial nomination gets an additional 600 points in their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS)  score table. Such individuals are effectively guaranteed an Invitation to Apply  (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.

Once the application is approved, applicants are allowed to use their provincial nomination to apply for permanent residence with IRCC under the PNP.

This year the number of ITAs issued has created a record in the immigration system of Canada as it is the fastest target achieving approach of IRCC. In the history of IRCC’s PNP draw announcements, the year ‘2020’ will be noted as an economy shaping year.

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