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British Colombia welcomes 58 PNP candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in its recent tech draw.

On 29th December, British Columbia (BC) sent a total of 58 invitations to immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Invitations were sent through British Columbia’s Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skill Immigration (SI) Stream and were issued by The British Columbia Nomination Program (BC PNP).

Candidates were selected under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories, just as the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategory under the Skills Immigration stream. A minimum score required by the candidates across all categories was 80.

On 29th September, The province gave 450 provincial nomination invitations, making it the biggest BC PNP draw. BC holds its draws through its different PNP classes and broadcasts consistently.

A weekly tech pilot draw is hosted by British Columbia that invites candidates with job offers in 29 eligible jobs to apply for provincial nominations. This draw is conducted to fulfill British Columbia’s labor market requirements in the technology sector.

To be viewed as qualified under the Tech Pilot, applicants must be registered in connection with the current provincial immigration streams of BC and have an appropriate offer of at least 12 months of employment in one of the Tech Pilot’s qualified occupations.

Candidates in Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories have to create a profile through the online portal of BC PNP and register under the Skills Transfer Registration System (SIRS). Candidates are scored based on factors such as education level, work experience, English proficiency, and place of employment.

Candidates who are selected for Provincial Nomination are awarded 600 additional CRS points in their Express Entry profile, which guarantees them an invite in future Express Entry draws.

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. Invitations To Apply (ITAs) 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.

In the process of selecting candidates to be invited for permanent residence, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score remains the top priority and the primary factor. The cut-off CRS score can be influenced by certain factors such as the size of the draw and period between draws. This implies that the CRS cut-off score would be lower if the pool size is bigger and if there is less time between two draws and vice-versa. Factors such as age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English and French also play a major role in determining the CRS score.

The standard time that is taken for a permanent residence application filed through the Express Entry System to process takes around six months, as stated by the Government of Canada.

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