In the first PNP draw of 2021, British Columbia invited 168 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR. The draw was conducted on January 5, 2021.
BC PNP issued invites via EEBC and Skills Immigration streams. The distribution of invites among sub-categories happened as mentioned below with the respective minimum scores required.
- Skills Immigration
- International Graduate – 95
- Skilled Worker – 95
- Entry-level & Semi-Skilled – 77
- International Graduate – 99
- Skilled Worker – 99
Certain occupations were dropped out of consideration in this draw due to the disruptions created in certain sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic.
BC’s EEBC and Skills Immigration streams are designed to attract and retain international graduates or workers with education, qualifications, and work experience to fill job positions that are in high demand in BC.
To be eligible to apply under these streams one has to first create a profile via BC PNP’s online portal. Then, one has to register under its SIRS. Following this, the candidate will be given a score determined based on factors like education, job location, work experience, salary, and English language proficiency.
Upon approval of an application, the candidate will have a provincial nomination in hand which will bring him 600 extra CRS points. This bonus point will help the candidate get a higher chance to receive ITAs in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw. Express Entry draw happens once every 2 weeks.
The BC PNP draws are held on a weekly basis.
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PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
BC – British Columbia
EEBC – Express Entry BC
SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
ITA – Invitation to Apply