British Columbia had held a draw on February 22nd inviting 160 candidates through their Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Two new draws were held through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) inviting candidates from Skill Immigration and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams.
Candidates belonging to the categories of Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams have received invitations. 145 invitations were through the general draw, and the minimum score requirements varied between 77 and 125 based on the programs for which they are eligible. Another draw that targeted candidates with occupations falling under NOC 0621(Retail and wholesale managers) or NOC 0631(Restaurants and foodservice managers) resulted in 15 invitations with minimum scores of 125.
Ever since February 2021, British Columbia has been conducting 2 draws each month as a part of its Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). There are a huge number of candidates from labour market sectors who are registered in the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and this draw targets those people.
How British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) works?
The BC PNP is administered in partnership with the federal government 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?
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. Based on scores, candidates are periodically invited (or nominated) for permanent residence.
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