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British Columbia holds first PNP draw of 2021


On January 5, 2021, the first Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] draw of 2021 was held by the province of British Columbia in Canada.

168 invitations to apply were issued in total across 5 streams under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP].

In 2020, British Columbia invited around 9,464 Canada immigration hopefuls to apply for a nomination through the BC PNP.

Of these, while 9,310 invitations were through Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC, another around 154 invitations went out to Entrepreneur Immigration candidates.

With around 80 immigration pathways or ‘streams’ available, the PNP of Canada has various streams linked with the federal Express Entry system. That is, streams wherein the relevant province or territory searches the federal Express Entry pool for candidates with the most potential of succeeding in their local labour market.

An Express Entry candidate that is a provincial nominee is allotted 600 additional points towards their ranking score – the Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score – that determines as to which profiles are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

No direct applications are considered for Canada PR. Only those invited can submit their complete application for permanent residence. It is the highest-ranked profiles that are issued invitations in the federal Express Entry draws that are held.

In 2020, a record-breaking 107,350 ITAs were issued by IRCC in the 37 draws held throughout the year.

Overview of the January 5, 2021 BC PNP draw

Invitations issued through the categories of Skills Immigration [SI] and Express Entry BC [EEBC].

Skills Immigration [SI]: For those with the “skills, experience and qualifications” required by the employers in BC.

Express Entry BC [EEBC]: For those with skills to fill a high-demand occupation in BC. Linked with the federal Express Entry system.

Category Minimum Score
EEBC – Skilled Worker 99
EEBC – International Graduate 99
SI – Skilled Worker 95
SI – International Graduate 95
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 77

Note. The minimum score here is the score allotted on registration under the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration Registration System [SIRS].

As per the BC PNP, “Periodically, we invite the highest scoring registrants in each category to apply to the BC Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP]. We then nominate successful applicants to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] for permanent residence.”

Occupations excluded from the draw

Certain occupations were excluded from the January 5 BC PNP draw due to the “Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on BC businesses”.

The National Occupational Classification [NOC] codes excluded –

NOC Code Description
0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
0631 Restaurant and food service managers
0632 Accommodation service managers
0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
3236 Massage therapists
6211 Retail sales supervisors
6311 Food service supervisors
6313 Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors
6321 Chefs
6322 Cooks
6341 Hairstylists and barbers
6421 Retail salespersons
6511 Maîtres d’hôtel and hosts/hostesses
6512 Bartenders
6513 Food and beverage servers
6521 Travel counsellors
6522 Pursers and flight attendants
6523 Airline ticket and service agents
6524 Ground and water transport ticket agents, cargo service representatives and related clerks
6525 Hotel front desk clerks
6531 Tour and travel guides
6532 Outdoor sport and recreational guides
6533 Casino workers
6562 Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations
6564 Other personal service occupations
6611 Cashiers
6621 Service station attendants
6711 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations
6721 Support occupations in accommodation, travel and facilities set-up services
6722 Operators and attendants in amusement, recreation and sport
6731 Light duty cleaners

Those invited by BC PNP have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation for submitting a complete application via BC PNP Online.

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