British Columbia extended invitations to qualified employees and overseas graduates on 14th Sep
On September 14, 2021, British Columbia hosted two draws via its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). 365 Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates were chosen at random and asked to submit an application for a provincial nomination under the province's Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration categories. Depending on the category, the minimum required score for candidates varied.
The following were the cut-off scores for Express Entry BC (EEBC) subcategories:
Skilled Worker: 86
International Graduate: 75
Candidates in this category have to have previously filed profiles through the Express Entry system of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. Successful candidates will receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points once they are invited to apply for a provincial nomination from British Columbia leading to permanent residence under IRCC's Express Entry system.
The following were the cut-off scores for the three Skills Immigration (SI) subcategories:
Skilled Worker: 90
International Graduate: 77
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 69
BC held an extra draw to balance the demands in all areas of the provincial labour market, as there were a large number of individuals enrolled in the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The separate draw was held under the SI and EEBC categories, and only candidates with NOC 0621 or NOC 0631 professions were allowed to apply under it. The draw resulted in 99 invitations with a total score of 105.
The BC PNP has sent over 8,500 invitations to apply for provincial nominations this year. British Columbia sends out invites on a weekly basis, with some aimed especially at applicants in the technology sector.
What exactly is the category of Skills Immigration?
This road to permanent residency is for qualified foreign employees who have a job offer in British Columbia.
The first four subcategories of Skills Immigration (SI) are matched with the federal government's Express Entry system and these are as follows:
Skilled Worker Category (for those with a job offer and years of experience in a skilled occupation).
Healthcare Professional Category (for physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, and allied health professionals who have employment offers in one of the 11 qualifying vocations).
International Graduate Category (for employees who have graduated within the past three years from an appropriate Canadian institution or college).
International Post-Graduate Category (Master's Ph.D. graduates from qualifying British Columbia post-secondary institutions in the natural, applied, or health sciences may apply without a job offer) and,
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category (for entry-level or semi-skilled employees in tourism, hospitality, food processing, or long-haul trucking, or those in entry-level or semi-skilled professions living and working in British Columbia's Northeast Development Region). The only SI category that does not apply to Express Entry applicants is this one.
To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories, applicants must first create an account on the BC PNP's online site and register with the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Applicants are examined and assigned a score based on variables such as education level, job experience, English proficiency, and the location of employment.
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