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Abstract: The point allocation system of BC-PNP has been modified and has been effective since November 16, 2022.
The BC-PNP or British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has modified its points system to award points to the applicants.
The point system of the BC-PNP is similar to the points system used in the programs under Express Entry-managed programs. It is used to evaluate the eligibility of the applicants for immigration through Canada PR or permanent residency.
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These are the following changes introduced in the points awarding system of BC-PNP:
The major change in the points system for BC-PNP has been the removal of points on the basis of the NOC skill level of a job offer for the applicant.
Earlier, a maximum of 60 points was awarded to a candidate on the basis of their NOC job offer. The points are now distributed among the economic and human capital factors of candidates.
The removal of points based on the NOC code of a job offer has led to increased weightage for economic and human capital factors. The details of the modifications are given in the table below.
|Redistribution of Points in BC-PNP|
|Factors||Points (now)||Points (earlier)|
|Directly related work experience||60||40|
|Highest level of education||40||25|
|Language proficiency in English or French||40||30|
|Hourly income of job offer||55||50|
|Employment in British Columbia||25||10|
An additional 5 points are awarded to eligible job roles held by an applicant for economic factors. It includes a valid trade certificate issued by SkilledTradesBC or ITABC or Industry Training Authority British Columbia.
A maximum score of 9 in the CLB or Canadian Language Benchmark for language ability will result in awarding of 30 points to the candidate. Previously, the highest score was 10 in CLB. The CLB is the national standard of Canada for assessing language proficiency, on the basis of official language tests.
Proficiency in both French and English is now recognized and the applicants are awarded 10 points more if they have the required score in both languages.
The points-awarding system for immigrants employed in British Columbia has been amended. Earlier, certain locations out of Vancouver would be awarded a categorized number of points, the present scoring criteria awards:
|Employment in British Columbia|
|Metro Vancouver District||0|
|Employment in the Abbotsford Squamish, Mission, Agassiz, and Chilliwack||5|
|Other areas in British Columbia||15|
Education or work in British Columbia is awarded an additional 10 points to applicants. Previously, 1 year of any Canadian experience was awarded points.
The wage ceiling has been raised to be awarded the maximum points on the basis of income. Applicants are awarded 55 instead of 50, as was done previously.
Earlier, an annual income of 100,000 CAD would ensure maximum points for the applicant. British Columbia has adjusted the ceiling to an income of 145,000 CAD per year. Candidates who had an income of 100,000 CAD will now be awarded 33 points, compared to 50 points awarded previously.
Hopefully, the information about the changed BC-PNP points system will help the reader plan better for their migration to British Columbia.
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