BC PNP invites skilled workers and entrepreneurs in recent draws

  • August 18, 2021

British Columbia invited over 435 immigration candidates through four Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws held on August 17, 2021.

Candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination under general and second draw targeting retail and wholesale trade managers and restaurant and food services managers.

In the general draw, 363 candidates were invited from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The minimum scores for this draw ranged between 73 and 91 points.

In second draw, 64 candidates invited under SI and EEBC categories and targeted candidates whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631. The minimum score for this draw 106 points.

British Columbia also issued eight invitations through its Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category and less than five invitations through the Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot category.

British Columbia has issued a total of 7527 invitations through various BC PNP streams.

If invited candidates receive the provincial nomination, they will automatically get 600 points added to their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.


British Columbia immigration programs

The BC PNP aims to attract foreign workers who are in high demand in the province and who wish to become permanent residents of Canada.

The 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.

The EEBC stream is for the candidates with a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system which is Canada’s main pathway for skilled individuals who wish to move to Canada on permanent residence.

The SI (Skilled Immigration) stream is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province of B.C.

The province periodically invites the highest scoring applicants in each category to apply under BCPNP. Then successful applicants are nominated to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence.

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.

Once you submit a complete BC PNP application package you will be notified of the province’s decision within approximately two to three months. If your nomination is successful, you become eligible to apply IRCC for permanent resident status under the Provincial Nominee Class. The nomination is valid for approximately six months from the date of confirmation.

In the Skilled Immigration and EE aligned draws and other PNP draws, the candidates are awarded additional 600 CRS points if they receive the successful nomination. That ensures the ITA from federal Express Entry program.

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