In the latest round of invitations held on October 27, 2020, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP] has invited 354 Canadian immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
The province of British Columbia has a high demand for skilled workers exploring options for work overseas in Canada. BC is expected to have 861,000 job openings between 2019 and 2029.
Candidates that received invitations in the latest BC PNP draw were those eligible for 5 separate immigration pathways under the BC PNP.
Express Entry candidates that are nominated through any of the PNP pathways linked with the federal Express Entry system are allotted 600 additional points towards their ranking score. Referred to as the Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score, it is the CRS that determines which candidates are invited from the Express Entry pool.
The higher the CRS, the sooner is the candidate invited by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Hence, a provincial nomination through Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] is a guarantee of being issued an ITA in a federal Express Entry held subsequently.
Skills Immigration [SI] stream of the BC PNP is for skilled workers that have the skills, experience and well as qualifications required by the employers in British Columbia.
Express Entry BC [EEBC] stream is linked with the federal Express Entry system of Canada. The EEBC stream provides an expedited Canada immigration pathway for skilled workers that intend settling in the province.
In order to be considered by the BC PNP for the SI or EEBC categories, a candidate must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s Online Portal. Following successful registration with the Skills Immigration Registration System [SIRS], a score will be allotted to the candidate based on their potential of thriving in BC.
This score will determine whether they are issued an invitation in subsequent BC PNP draws that are held. The minimum score required varies from draw to draw as well as from sub-category to sub-category.
Overview of the October 27 BC PNP draw – Total 354 invitations issued
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||92|
|EEBC – International Graduate||93|
|SI – Skilled Worker||93|
|SI – International Graduate||94|
|SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled||75|
Note. – The exact number of invitations issued under each of the sub-categories targeted under a draw is generally not disclosed by the BC PNP.
According to the BC PNP, certain occupations have not been included in the October 27 BC PNP draw due to the “impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on BC businesses”.
The excluded National Occupational Classification [NOC] codes are –
The largest PNP draw by British Columbia in 2020 was held on September 29 wherein a total of 450 invitations were issued to apply for a BC PNP nomination.
BC PNP draws in 2020 so far
[I] Skills Immigration and Express Entry draws
|January 7, 2020||173||–|
|January 14, 2020||70||Tech Pilot draw|
|January 21, 2020||58||Tech Pilot draw|
|January 28, 2020||284||–|
|February 4, 2020||85||Tech Pilot draw|
|February 11, 2020||83||Tech Pilot draw|
|February 19, 2020||53||Tech Pilot draw|
|February 27, 2020||290||–|
|March 3, 2020||80||Tech Pilot draw|
|March 10, 2020||332||–|
|March 17, 2020||87||Tech Pilot draw|
|March 30, 2020||311||Certain occupations excluded.|
|April 7, 2020||147||Tech Pilot draw|
|April 16, 2020||271||Certain occupations excluded.|
|April 21, 2020||91||Tech Pilot draw|
|April 29, 2020||75||Tech Pilot draw|
|May 7, 2020||237||Certain occupations excluded.|
|May 12, 2020||92||Tech Pilot draw|
|May 19, 2020||170||Certain occupations excluded.|
|May 26, 2020||133||Tech Pilot draw|
|June 2, 2020||241||Certain occupations excluded.|
|June 9, 2020||87||Tech Pilot draw|
|June 16, 2020||276||Certain occupations excluded.|
|June 23, 2020||87||Tech Pilot draw|
|June 30, 2020||314||Certain occupations excluded.|
|July 7, 2020||57||Tech Pilot draw|
|July 14, 2020||320||Certain occupations excluded.|
|July 21, 2020||62||Tech Pilot draw|
|July 28, 2020||34||Tech Pilot draw|
|August 7, 2020||437||Certain occupations excluded.|
|August 11, 2020||52||Tech Pilot draw|
|August 18, 2020||302||Certain occupations excluded.|
|August 25, 2020||72||Tech Pilot draw|
|September 1, 2020||428||Certain occupations excluded.|
|September 8, 2020||67||Tech Pilot draw|
|September 15, 2020||407||Certain occupations excluded.|
|September 22, 2020||74||Tech Pilot draw|
|September 29, 2020||450||Certain occupations excluded.|
|October 6, 2020||72||Tech Pilot draw|
|October 13, 2020||417||Certain occupations excluded.|
|October 20, 2020||80||Tech Pilot draw|
|October 27, 2020||354||Certain occupations excluded.|
|TOTAL invitations in 2020 so far – 7,812.|
[II] Entrepreneur Immigration [EI]
|January 14, 2020||EI – Regional Pilot||7|
|EI – Base Category||18|
|February 4, 2020||EI – Regional Pilot||5|
|EI – Base Category||14|
|April 6, 2020||EI – Regional Pilot||18|
|June 2, 2020||EI – Regional Pilot||9|
|EI – Base Category||29|
|July 28, 2020||EI – Regional Pilot||5|
|EI – Base Category||7|
|September 1, 2020||EI – Regional Pilot||<5|
|EI – Base Category||6|
|October 20, 2020||EI – Base Category||15|
|EI – Regional Pilot||5|
|TOTAL invitations in 2020 so far – 143 approx.|
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