Prepared by Samuel Francis Gills; Vinay Krishnan; Edited by Veronica Laurent on January 30, 2021

British Columbia hosted another round of invitations on January 26, allowing 81 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Canada. The invitations were issued through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

The EEBC (Express Entry BC) category is for the applicants with a valid profile in the Express Entry system, which is Canada ‘s key route for qualified immigrants seeking to gain permanent residence. The SI category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high-demand category in the province of British Columbia. The minimum score required for applicants to receive an invitation in this round was 80 (in all categories).

Candidates were invited via the BC PNP Tech Pilot, under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories. In order to obtain the nomination, invited applicants needed to have a job offer in a qualified tech profession. For candidates who earned invitations to this draw, the minimum necessary score was 80 (in all categories). 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. Applicants are assessed and given a ranking based on criteria such as level of schooling, work experience, English language proficiency and job location. Candidates who succeed in receiving the nomination will receive an additional 600 CRS points, which, in effect, guarantee them an Invitation to Apply from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Since January, the BC PNP has carried out 5 draws, with minimum scores varying from 77 to 106 points. Tech professionals aside, B.C continues to periodically invite employees and graduates to work in non-tech categories also.

Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about ways to finding a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident, etc.

If you have any questions, please leave us a message!