British Columbia issues 362 invitations in new PNP draws

Alexandra Miekus
Published: April 28, 2021

British Columbia invited 362 immigration candidates in two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws held April 27.

Today's invitation rounds again saw B.C. conduct a general draw, and a second draw targeting retail and wholesale trade managers as well as restaurant and food service managers.

Candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) received invitations in the general draw.

More specifically,  invitations were issued to those from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI and EEBC streams.

The minimum scores for that draw ranged between 78 and 95 points. A total of 348 candidates were invited.

The separate draw for applicants whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631, resulted in 14 invitations with scores of  113.

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About the BC PNP

The BC PNP aims to attract foreign workers who are in high demand in the province and who wish to become permanent residents of Canada.

The BC PNP has two immigration streams, Skills Immigration and Express Entry, both of which are divided into sub-categories. These streams are managed under B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). In order to apply through the SIRS, you are first required to register an account. Once this is done, you will be assigned a score based on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills.

The highest-scoring candidates from each sub-category are then invited to apply for a provincial nomination to apply for permanent residency when British Columbia conducts one of its regular draws.

If you received an invitation you will have 30 days from the date of the invitation to submit a complete application through the BC PNP online system.

Once you submit a complete BC PNP application package you will be notified of the province's decision within approximately two to three months. If your nomination is successful, you become eligible to apply to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status under the Provincial Nominee Class.

The nomination is valid for approximately six months from the date of confirmation.

As a provincial nominee, you may receive an additional 600 points under the CRS and therefore have a score high enough to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

PNPs have continued to operate throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and there is no sign of their activities slowing down in 2021.

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