On November 3, British Columbia (BC) issued 76 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in its first PNP tech pilot draw of the month.
Invitations were sent to candidates eligible under BC’s Express Entry and Skills Immigration stream. In these streams, invitations were divided between skilled workers and international graduate programs.
To be eligible to receive an invite, candidates were required to have a provincial score of at least 80 in all categories.
The tech pilot draws held in BC allow the officials to accelerate the immigration processing of in-demand tech workers.
In the weekly draws, Candidates with work experience in 29 acceptable programs in the BC tech sector are issued the invites.
Invitations are issued to candidates from four streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. The four streams which were featured are:
Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker, International Graduate
Express Entry British Columbia: Skilled Worker, International Graduate
To apply under BC’s Express Entry or Skills immigration stream, candidates must create a profile on BC’s online portal and register under Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
The estimated time taken by BC PNP to process Skills immigration and Express Entry nomination application is around 2-3 months.
IRCC processes non-express entry applications in an estimated span of 15-19 months and Express Entry applications in around 6 months.
Express Entry candidates nominated from British Columbia are awarded additional 600 points in their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a future federal draw.
The Canadian express entry is an online system that is used to manage the applications of skilled workers for permanent residence and identifying which of them are eligible for the invite.
Express Entry oversees Canada’s three main economic classes, which are – the Federal Skilled Workers Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. ITA’s are issued to a certain number of top-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pools to apply for their permanent residence in the regular draws that usually takes place every two weeks and incorporates the vast majority of candidates from the three main economic classes managed by express entry.
If a candidate is interested in a specific province or territory, they can opt for the Provincial Nomination Program. In PNP, Candidates are selected based on the local labor market needs of the certain province or territory the candidate is applying in. Most provinces and territories take part in PNP. Once candidates receive the provincial nomination, they are awarded additional 600 CRS points, which guarantees them an Express Entry invites for a Permanent Residence.