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 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
|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 –
|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.|
|6211||Retail sales supervisors|
|6313||Accommodation, travel, tourism and related services supervisors|
|6341||Hairstylists and barbers|
|6511||Maîtres d’hôtel and hosts/hostesses|
|6513||Food and beverage servers|
|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|
|6562||Estheticians, electrologists and related occupations|
|6564||Other personal service occupations|
|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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