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British Columbia Issues 417 Provincial Nominations to Immigration Candidates

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited candidates from five immigration sub-categories.

British Columbia invited immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on October 13.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued a total of 417 invitations through the Express Entry BC (under Skilled Worker, International Graduate sub-categories) and Skills Immigration (under Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level & Semi-Skilled sub-categories) streams.

The minimum required score for applicants ranged between 75 and 94 across all categories. BC PNP left some occupations out of this draw due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting regional businesses. The following 31 NOCs were excluded: 0621, 0631, 0632, 0651, 3236, 6211, 6311, 6313, 6321, 6322, 6341, 6421, 6511, 6512, 6513, 6521, 6522, 6523, 6524, 6525, 6531, 6532, 6533, 6562, 6564, 6611, 6621, 6711, 6721, 6722, 6731.

Periodically, British Columbia invites the highest scoring registrants in each category to apply to the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). It then nominates successful applicants to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence.

British Columbia conducts weekly Tech Pilot draws through which candidates with job offers in 29 eligible occupations are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Launched in 2017, the purpose of the Tech Pilot is to help B.C.’s technology sector recruit IT workers to help address current labour market needs.

In order to apply under the Tech Pilot program, candidates need to register in one of British Columbia’s existing PNP streams and have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the Tech Pilot’s eligible occupations.

To apply for PNP under the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories, candidates must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants are evaluated and issued a score based on factors such as level of education, work experience, proficiency in English and location of employment.

If an applicant is approved, they can then use their provincial nomination to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia are given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, and thereby effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.



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