Prepared by Veronica Laurent, Abhilash Varghese; Edited by Peter Seeder on December 22, 2020

British Columbia hosted another round of invitations on December 15, allowing 92 candidates working in the technology (IT-related) sector to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Canada.

The draw invited skilled workers and international students through the BC PNP. B.C. issued invitations to immigration candidates through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams. The EEBC category is for applicants with a valid profile in the Express Entry system of the federal government, which is Canada ‘s key route for qualified immigrants who are seeking to gain permanent residence.

The SI category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province of British Columbia. The minimum required score for applicants in both was 80, in the following categories.

  • SI – Skilled Worker
  • SI – International Graduate
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker
  • EEBC – International Graduate

British Columbia holds weekly Tech Pilot draws through which candidates with job offers in 29 eligible occupations are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. In order to be qualified under a Tech Pilot, applicants must be enrolled in one of the current provincial immigration streams in B.C., and, have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the Tech Pilot’s eligible occupations.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) categories are managed under BC’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). In order to apply via the SIRS, qualifying candidates must first register an account. Candidates eligible for any of these programs are given a CRS score in the Express Entry Pool. It is based on their Core/Human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and language ability in English and French.

The highest-ranked candidates in the pool are then invited to apply for permanent residence through the regular Express Entry draws. Candidates who receive express entry scores below CRS cut-offs can apply for provincial nomination programs, which is the best option to increase the scores. The highest-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pool are issued ITAs in regular invitation rounds. Candidates who succeed in receiving the nomination, an additional 600 CRS points will automatically be awarded, which will effectively guarantee them an Invitation to Apply from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. So far this year, more than 6,000 immigration candidates were invited to apply via PNP and Tech Pilot draws for a provincial nomination in Canada respectively.

British Columbia holds draws through its various PNP categories and streams on a weekly basis.  The province issued 450 invitations in the draw which was conducted in the month of September. Over the last two months, the steady pattern has been sustained, where B.C. issuing around 350 invitations on average during its draws.

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