Prepared by Shreeya A Pal; Shi Hui Yu; Edited by Samuel Francis Gills on June 3, 2022

The province of British Columbia, through the British Columbia Nominee Program(BC PNP) held four targeted draws recently. A total of 171 invitations were issued in the Skilled Worker (includes EEBC Option), International Graduate (includes EEBC option), and Entry-level and Semi-skilled categories. Provincial score requirements ranged from 60 to 123, depending on the category.

The targeted draw issued invitations to 306 candidates in four different categories:

  • Candidates who received invitations under General draws included Skilled Workers with a minimum score of 109, Skilled Worker – EEBC option with a minimum score of 123, International Graduate with a minimum score of 96, International Graduate – EEBC option with a minimum score of 106 and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled with a minimum score of 76.
  • Skilled Workers and International Graduates (include EEBC option) with a minimum score of 60 points received 15 invitations in a draw targeting Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214)
  • In the draw targeting healthcare (unless listed) received 5 invitations. It included Skilled Workers, International Graduates, and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled worker categories (includes EEBC option), also with a minimum score of 60 points.
  • In the draw targeting Health care assistants (NOC 3413) less than 5 invitations were issued . It included Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled worker categories also, with a minimum score of 60 points.
  • The final invitations were issued to Skilled Worker and International Graduate (includes EEBC option) targeting other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213) with a minimum score of 60. The number of invitations issued in this category were less than 5.

What is British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) & how does it work?

The BC PNP is administered in partnership with the federal government of Canada, in accordance with the 2015 Canada-British Columbia Immigration Agreement (CBCIA). The Government of Canada allocates a limited number of nominations each year to British Columbia. The Provincial Immigration Programs Act (Act) and the Provincial Immigration Programs Regulation (Regulation) governs provincial administration of the BC PNP.

The BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams are intended for workers or international graduates with skills, education and/or experience required for high-demand occupations in British Columbia. To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories, candidates must first create a profile through BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

If approved as a provincial nominee, the candidate and dependent family members can apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to become a permanent resident of Canada. The province’s Tech pilot program sends out weekly invitations to top scoring candidates who meet the eligibility requirement.



What is Express Entry & how does it work?

Express Entry is an electronic selection system used by the Federal as well as Provincial governments of Canada [to select], as well as designated Canadian employers [to nominate] candidates for Canadian permanent residence under three of its popular economic [skilled] immigration programs:

Candidates eligible for any of the above programs are given a Comprehensive Ranking System (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/or French, etc. And, based on scores, candidates are periodically invited (or nominated) for permanent residence. 

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

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