BC PNP draw: 358 foreign workers and international students welcomed to BC

By Eva Olsen [Published 29 Oct, 2021 | 04:19 AM]
BC PNP draw: 358 foreign workers and international students welcomed to BC

BC PNP allows nominees and their families to apply to the federal government for permanent residence

British Columbia has invited 358 people to participate in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws on 26th October 2021. Candidates from the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), Skills Immigration (SI), and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams were asked to participate in a regularly scheduled public draw. Invitations were especially sent to persons in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level, and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of SI.

The minimum points for that draw ranged from 68 to 91. As a result, 306 persons were invited in total. Since February, British Columbia has also conducted a second round of invites twice a month as part of its PNP program. These draws are done due to the significant number of candidates from certain labour market sectors who have registered with the province's Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Individuals whose jobs came under NOC 0621 (retail and wholesale trade managers) or NOC 0631 (retail and wholesale trade managers) were targeted in a second draw under the SI and EEBC categories (restaurant and foodservice managers). The draw resulted in 52 invitations and a total score of 104. British Columbia has given approximately 10,000 invitations this year through several BC PNP streams.

The BC PNP attempts to hire foreign workers who are in high demand in the province who desire to become permanent citizens of Canada. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) comprises two primary immigration streams: Skills Immigration and Express Entry, which are further subdivided.

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Foreign workers who accept a full-time, indefinite-term employment offer in British Columbia may be eligible for one of the following Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC sub-categories such as Skilled Worker, Health Professional, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled.

Admission to the BC PNP International Post-Graduate sub-category is conditional on the completion of specific post-graduate educational programs. The British Columbia Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) manages these streams. To apply through the SIRS, you must first create an account. Following that, you will be assigned a score based on factors such as education, employment experience, and language ability.

When British Columbia has one of its regular draws, the top scorers in each sub-category are invited to apply for a provincial nomination to apply for permanent residency. If you were invited, you would have 30 days from the invitation date to submit an application using the BC PNP online portal.

The province will decide within two to three months of receiving an entire BC PNP application file. If your nomination is accepted, you will be able to apply for permanent residency with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Class.

The nomination is good for six months from the date of confirmation. As a provincial nominee, you may gain an additional 600 points under the CRS, giving you a high enough score to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.

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