As far as 2021 goes, it's been a phenomenal year with a tally of 6169 foreign nationals getting the chance to move to Canada on a provincial nomination BC has exceeded our expectations!
In a recent immigration draw (held on July 6, 2021) - British Columbia has issued an invitation to 387 immigration candidates under two separate Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws.
Since the inception of 2021, BC has been calling foreign aspirants in two distinct rounds of invitations, the general draw and the second draw focusing on managerial candidates in retail &wholesale trades and restaurant & food services. This allotment of candidates has been happening since February 2021. The information given by the BC government states, due to an increasing number of candidates registering for the above occupation in the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Hence, by separating the draws for general and these two occupations, the province aims to bring a balance to the BC PNP workforce.
What's more, is that this would bring a balance in meeting the needs of each sector in the BC labor market. Kudos, to BC PNP for bringing the change amidst the pandemic.
The collective invitations of 387 were given out to candidates in:
BC Skills Immigration Stream (SI)
BC Express Entry (EEBC)
Upfront, these invitations were allotted to skilled immigrants in the International Graduate pathway and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled pathway of the skilled immigration stream of BC and Express Entry BC streams.
The average range of score tangles between 75 , 92 points in the initial general draw. With a total of 342 invitations being issued to candidates through the general immigration draw of BC.
The succeeding draw or the second separate draw for a specific occupation in BC targeted candidates who had submitted their application under the NOC 0621 or NOC 0631. A total of 45 invitations were issued to candidates with a minimum score of 108.
About the British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program (BC PNP)
The province of British Columbia like all the other Canadian provinces focuses on attracting foreign skilled workers who can contribute to the economy of the province by fulfilling the requirement of their in high demand occupations and return focus on becoming a permanent resident of Canada themselves.
The BC PNP immigration stream is easy to apply but they follow a strict immigration guideline under two of their major immigration streams. The Skills Immigration Stream; and The Express Entry Stream. These two categories are further divided into several other pathways based on the requirement of the BC provincial needs.
A candidate when registering under one of the BC PNP receives a score based on his/her selection factors by the B.C.'s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The rest is history, highest-scoring candidates receive a provincial invite to apply for permanent residency.
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