Scarlett Wilson [Published 14 Oct, 2021 | 12:42 PM]
Since the beginning of the year, BC has sent out almost 10,000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination
On October 12, 2021, British Columbia hosted four Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws, resulting in nearly 400 immigrants. In a regularly scheduled general draw, candidates from the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), Express Entry BC (EEBC), and Skills Immigration (SI) stream got invites. In addition, invitations were sent to those in the SI and EEBC streams from the International Graduate, Skilled Worker, Entry Level, and Semi-Skilled sub-categories. The draw's minimum scores ranged from 69 to 91 points. There were 308 individuals in all, that were invited.
Since February, British Columbia has started holding the second round of invitations twice a month as part of its PNP program. These draws are being held because of the large number of candidates from specific labour market sectors who registered with the province's Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Applicants whose jobs came under NOC 0621 (retail and wholesale trade managers) or NOC 0631 (restaurant and foodservice managers) were targeted in a second draw held under the SI and EEBC categories. With a total score of 104, the draw resulted in 101 invitations. In addition, for the first time since August, BC sent out invitations to Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) applicants. Individuals in the EI-base group received ten invitations, while those in the EI-regional pilot category received less than five.
While the government continues to receive and process applications from the business category, it has temporarily suspended the intake of EI-based applications. The stream is now being assessed, and the government plans to release details on its reopening in early 2022. British Columbia has distributed approximately 10,000 invitations this year through several BC PNP streams.
The BC PNP is looking for foreign workers who wish to become permanent residents of Canada and are in great demand in the province. Skills Immigration and Express Entry are the two main immigration streams in the BC PNP, each of which is further subdivided. British Columbia's Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) is in charge of these streams. To apply through the SIRS, you must first create an account. Following that, you'll be given a score based on factors including education, work experience, and language skills.
The top-scoring applicants in each sub-category are asked to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residency in British Columbia when one of the province's regular draws takes place. If you were invited, you would have 30 days from the date of the invitation to apply online through the BC PNP.
After submitting a complete BC PNP application file, you will get a decision from the province within two to three months. If you are nominated, you will be entitled to apply for permanent residence status with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada under the Provincial Nominee Class (IRCC).
The nomination is valid for six months after it is confirmed. You may get an extra 600 points as a provincial nominee under the CRS, allowing you to receive an ITA under a future federal Express Entry draw.
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