216 Candidates invited in the BC PNP

British Columbia sent invitations to 8 entrepreneurs and 208 invitations to International Graduate and Skilled workers on the day of February 2, 2021. 

The province of British Columbia (BC) held a draw through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). 

A total of 208 Skilled Workers and International graduates applicants were selected to receive invitations in order to apply for a provincial nomination under the Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) and Skill Immigration stream. There was variation in the cut-off score for candidates as per the categories.

The corresponding cut-off scores for the Express Entry BC subcategories are given below:

  1. International Graduate: 100
  2. Skilled Worker: 104

Applicants in the above categories had a prerequisite requirement of having an already submitted profile under the Express Entry pool. Once the applicant received the Invitation to Apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination by B.C., the successful applicant is then awarded 600 additional CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points. These additional points effectively guarantee that the applicant will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for a Permanent Residency (PR) visa under the Express Entry program.

The required cut-off scores for the three Skill Immigration subcategories are given below:

  1. International Graduate: 98
  2. Skilled Worker: 98
  3. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 79 

It was indicated by the British Columbia (BC) government that there was an impact of Coronavirus on the draws. Due to this case, BC has excluded many service and sales occupations from the draw.

B.C. holds their draw through various PNP categories and streams on a weekly basis.

Up till now, the BC PNP has issued around 740 invitations to the selected candidates. 

In order to apply for the Express Entry BC subcategories or for the Skill Immigration, the candidate must first step create an online profile through the BC PNP portal and then register under the Skill Immigration Registration System (SIRS). 

Candidates are then evaluated and issued scores on the basis of factors like working experience, language proficiency, education, and employment location.

Skill Immigration Stream:

This immigration stream is designed for eligible foreign workers who are already in possession of a job offer in British Columbia province.

There are a total of five categories in the Skilled Immigration stream, out of which four of them are aligned with the Express Entry Program.

These are:

Skilled Worker Category: For applicants with a job offer letter and have a considerate amount of working experience in skilled occupation list.

International Graduate Category: For applicants who have pursued their education from a designated Canadian university or college in the recent past three years.

Healthcare Professional Category: Nurses, physician, psychiatrist nurse, or allied health professionals with a job offer in hand in any one of the 11 eligible occupations in the present category.

International Post-Graduate Category: Masters or Ph.D. graduates from an eligible B.C. post-secondary in natural, health or applied sciences with a job offer letter can apply in this category.

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category: Semi-Skilled or entry-level workers in hospitality, tourism, long-haul trucking, or food processing, or those positions who are living and working in the Northeast Development Region of British Columbia. This stream is the only one that does not to the applicants in the Express Entry stream.

Entrepreneur Streams:  B.C. for the time in two months has invited to the entrepreneur stream.

The total invitations sent for this stream was around 8 in the BC PNP’s Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category.

The minimum score required for this category was 122. 

The main purpose of this Base Category is to start welcoming aspiring entrepreneurs who are willing to start or take over an existing business. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of factors like net worth, education, business experience, business plan, and the investment they are planning to make.

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