British Columbia issued invitations to 387 immigration candidates in 2 BC PNP draws held on July 6, 2021.
From February 2021 BC has been conducting 2 invitation rounds separately under its PNP. One of them is a general draw and another a targeted draw that aims at wholesale and retail trade managers and restaurant & food service managers.
As per the information provided by the province, the second draw is a result of a high number of people registered in the BC PNP SIRS with the 2 occupations mentioned above. By conducting these additional draws, BC intends to strike a balance between the needs in every sector of the province’s labor market.
Candidates who got invitations were from the SI and EEBC streams of the BC PNP. In more specific detail, invitations were issued to the following sub-categories of the streams SI and EEBC:
- International Graduate
- Entry Level & Semi-Skilled
- Skilled Worker
In the first draw, the minimum scores required stood between 75 and 92 points. In all 342 candidates were issued invitations.
The second draw was conducted under the categories SI and EEBC. The targeted candidates had jobs that fell under NOC 0631 or NOC 0621. This draw had 45 invitations sent. The minimum score required across all sub-categories was 108.
What is BC PNP?
The BC PNP attempts to attract skilled foreign workers who are in high demand in the province. These are candidates who desire to become Canada PR.
The BC PNP has 2 immigration streams namely Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC. These are further divided into sub-categories. These streams are managed under BC’s SIRS.
To apply via the SIRS, you must first register an account. After doing that, a score will be assigned to you on the basis of factors like work experience, language skills, and education.
Candidates with the highest score from each sub-category will then be invited to file an application for a provincial nomination to apply for Canada PR. That can be applied when BC conducts one of its regular draws.
If you get an invitation, you can file a complete application within 30 days from the date of the invitation. This can be done via the BC PNP online system.
After you submit a complete application, you will get notified of BC’s decision. This intimation will arrive within an approximate period of 2 to 3 months. If your nomination finds success, you get the eligibility to apply for Canada PR to IRCC under the Provincial Nominee Class.
The validity of the nomination is approximately 6 months starting from the date of confirmation.
Since you got a provincial nomination, you could receive an extra 600 points under the CRS. This increases your basic CRS score, making it possible for you to get an ITA almost for sure in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
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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
SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System
BC – British Columbia
EEBC – Express Entry BC
SI – Skills Immigration