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British Columbia invites 407 to apply for provincial nomination

BC PNP draw

The province of British Columbia has issued 407 invitations through a BC Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP] draw held on September 15, 2020. As per the official website, “the BC PNP issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories”.

The previous BC PNP draw was held on September 8, 2020.

The Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC [EEBC] categories of the BC PNP are for international graduates and skilled workers that have the education, skills and/or experience needed for occupations that are in high demand in the province.

Those invited can now submit their complete application to the BC PNP for a provincial nomination. If approved as a provincial nominee, the immigration candidate can then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] to be granted permanent residence through Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].

British Columbia uses the Skills Immigration Registration System [SIRS] for managing the categories that come under the BC PNP. To be able to apply through the SIRS, candidates that are otherwise eligible would be required to begin by registering themselves.

On successful registration with the SIRS, a score is allotted based on various factors like education, language proficiency, and work experience.

The highest-scoring candidates are then issued invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in the subsequent BC PNP draws that are held.

In the latest BC PNP draw held on September 15, the minimum required score ranged from 75 to 95 across the 5 sub-categories that received invitations.

Overview of the September 15 BC PNP draw – Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC – 407 invitations issued

Category Minimum Score
EEBC – Skilled Worker 94
EEBC – International Graduate 95
SI – Skilled Worker 94
SI – International Graduate 95
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 75

In view of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the businesses in British Columbia, 31 National Occupational Classification [NOC] codes were NOT INCLUDED in the draw –

NOC Code Description
0621 Retail and wholesale trade managers
0631 Restaurant and foodservice managers
0632 Accommodation service managers
0651 Managers in customer and personal services, n.e.c.
3236 Massage therapists
6211 Retail sales supervisors
6311 Foodservice 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

A candidate that receives an invitation through the EEBC – International Graduate or EEBC – Skilled Worker categories, and is successful in securing a nomination, stands to gain an additional 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] scores, as well as an Invitation to Apply [ITA] from IRCC in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

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