more than 400 workers, graduates, invited entrepreneurs

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Posted on October 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EDT



British Columbia invited more than 400 immigrant applicants to four Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws that took place on October 12, 2021.

Applicants in the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) received invitations to a regularly held general draw.

More specifically, invitations were sent to those in the subcategories of skilled workers, international graduates as well as entry-level and semi-skilled subcategories of the SI and EEBC streams.

The minimum scores for this draw ranged from 69 to 91 points. A total of 308 candidates were invited.

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Since February, British Columbia has also been running a separate round of bi-monthly invitations as part of its PNP program. These draws take place due to the high number of applicants from particular sectors of the labor market who have registered with the province’s Immigration and Skills Registration System (SIRS).

The draw was conducted in the SI and EEBC categories and targeted applicants whose profession falls under CNP 0621 (retail and wholesale trade managers) or CNP 0631 (restaurant and food service managers). The draw resulted in 101 invitations with scores of 104.

For the first time since August, British Columbia also sent out invitations to Entrepreneur Immigration (AE) applicants. A total of 10 invitations were sent to those in the IE-base category and less than five in the IE-regional pilot category.

As the province continues to invite and finalize applications for Entrepreneur Stream applicants, receipt of EI core category applications has been temporarily suspended. The stream is currently under review and the province plans to announce details of its reopening in early 2022.

So far this year, British Columbia has issued almost 10,000 invitations through various BC PNP streams.

About 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.

BC PNP has two main immigration streams, Skills Immigration and Express Entry, both of which are divided into subcategories. These streams are managed through the British Columbia Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). To apply through SIRS, you must first create an account. Once done, you will be given a score based on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills.

The top-rated candidates from each subcategory are then invited to apply for Provincial Nomination to apply for Permanent Residence when British Columbia conducts one of its regular draws.

If you have 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 application is successful, you become eligible to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status in the Provincial Nominee category.

The appointment 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 score high enough to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent Federal Express Entry draw.

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