British Columbia invited 374 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in two new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws.
Canadian immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination from British Columbia through the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).
Since February of this year, British Columbia has held two separate provincial nomination invitation rounds for immigration candidates. The first draw is a general draw, and the second draw targets skilled migrants in two specific occupations: retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621), and restaurant and food service managers (NOC 0631).
Based on information provided by British Columbia, the second draw – targeted towards skilled migrants in specific occupations – is influenced by a high number of applicants registered for the BC PNP in these two occupations.
Candidates who were invited to apply for a provincial nomination from British Columbia in the first, general draw belonged to the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories of the SI and EEBC streams of the BC PNP.
361 applicants were invited to apply for a provincial nomination in this invitation round, with the minimum required score for an ITA ranging from 74 and 91 points.
13 ITAs were issued in the second draw, which was also conducted under the SI and the EEBC streams of the BC PNP and targeted retail and wholesale trade managers (NOC 0621) and restaurant and food service managers (NOC 0631).
The minimum score requirement for this round of the BC PNP invitation draws was 107 points.
After these two latest invitation rounds, British Columbia has now invited 7,041 BC PNP candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
The BC PNP is designed to attract foreign skilled individuals who are willing to become Canadian permanent residents, and have skills that are in high demand in British Columbia.
Canadian immigration applicants are required to register for the BC PNP under the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) – the province’s migration program management system.
Applicants who register under SIRS are reviewed by the British Columbia provincial government and given scores based on several factors, such as age, education, work experience, and language skills.
The highest-scoring candidates are invited by the provincial government of British Columbia to apply for a provincial nomination in the periodic invitation rounds.
Applicants who are nominated by British Columbia can then apply to the Canadian federal government for immigration with permanent resident status in Canada.