On June 8, 2021, British Columbia held 2 PNP draws that invited 373 immigration candidates.
Since February 2021, it has been the practice for BC to conduct 2 separate invitation rounds under its PNP program. One of the 2 draws was a general draw and the other one was targeting trade managers in the retail and wholesale business. Also targeted were restaurant and foodservice managers.
There are lots of people with these two occupations, registered in the BC PNP SIRS. The BC province is trying to balance the requirements in all sectors of its labor market.
The general BC PNP draw
Candidates from the following streams of BC PNP got invitations in the general draw:
- SI (Skilled Immigration)
- EEBC (Express Entry BC)
Invitations were sent to candidates from the following sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams:
- International Graduate
- Skilled Worker
- Entry-level and Semi-skilled
The minimum score for the June 8 draw was from 76 to 93 points. In the general draw, 323 candidates were invited.
The targeted BC PNP draw
There was a second draw conducted separately under the categories of SI and EEBC. Targeted candidates who had occupations classified under NOC 0631 or NOC 0621. This draw had 50 invitations sent to immigration candidates with a minimal score stipulation of 110 points.
Till now in 2021, BC has issued 5,249 invitations in all via various streams under BC PNP.
BC PNP – An introduction
The BC PNP is designed to attract skilled foreign workers who are highly sought after in the province. These must be foreign nationals who are willing to become Canada PR visa holders.
There are 2 immigration streams under the BC PNP:
- Express Entry
- Skills Immigration
Both of these streams are further divided into sub-categories and are managed under BC’s SIRS.
If you want to apply via the SIRS, you must first register an account. Then, you will have a score assigned to you on the basis of factors such as work experience, language skills, and education.
Candidates who score the highest from each sub-category will then get invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR. The nomination will be greatly helpful during one of British Columbia’s regular draws that will be conducted in the coming days.
Upon receiving an invitation, you must respond within 30 days from the invitation date. You must then file a complete application via the online system of BC PNP.
Once your complete BC PNP application is submitted, you will get notification of BC’s decision on it within 2 or 3 months approximately. If you made it through to get a nomination, you will be eligible to apply to IRCC for Canada PR under the Provincial Nominee Class.
The nomination is valid for an approximate period of 6 months from the confirmation date.
If you became a provincial nominee, you may get an extra 600 points under the CRS. This raises your CRS score high enough to get an ITA when a federal Express Entry draw will be conducted in the future.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
NOC – National Occupational Classification
SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System
BC – British Columbia
EEBC – Express Entry BC
SI – Skills Immigration