387 invited in 2 BC PNP immigration draws: Entrepreneur stream temporarily suspended

British Columbia PNP Draws
  • July 20, 2021

British Columbia invited 383 immigration candidates in Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws held on July 20.

A total of 323 candidates were invited in the general draw. Invitations were issued to those from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams. The minimum scores for that draw ranged between 75 and 91 points.

The separate draw was also conducted under SI and EEBC categories and targeted candidates whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631. The draw resulted in 60 invitations with scores of 107.


About the BC PNP

BC PNP has two immigration streams, Skills Immigration and Express Entry, both of which are divided into sub-categories. These streams are managed under B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). In order to apply through the SIRS, you are first required to register an account. Once this is done, you will be assigned a score based on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills.

If you received an invitation you will have 30 days from the date of the invitation to submit a complete application through the BC PNP online system.

As a provincial nominee, you may receive an additional 600 points under the CRS and therefore have a score high enough to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.


Intake of new registrations for entrepreneur stream temporarily suspended

July 19, B.C. also announced it was temporarily suspended the intake of new registrations under the Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) stream. However, the temporary pause only affects registration under the Base category. The EI – Regional Pilot, Strategic Projects, and all Skills immigration categories are still open.

This temporary suspension is to provide an opportunity to assess whether the program is meeting the province’s current needs following the impacts of the pandemic.

Individuals who have already submitted a registration or application will not be affected by the suspension. The province indicated that it would issue an update in early 2022 to inform prospective candidates of the likely date registration will resume. The Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category is for those who want to immigrate to British Columbia and are willing to invest in and actively manage a valid business in the province.

If you are not a client and wish to go for an inquiry about Express Entry and PNP programs and to apply for the same, you may contact us at inquiry@winnyimmigration.com or call us at 1800-419-3242.

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