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British Columbia issues 168 ITAs in its recent PNP draw

British Columbia (BC) immigration has issued 168 new invitations to apply (ITAs) in their recent BC PNP draw that was held on January 5, 2021.

Invitations were issued by British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) to candidates from Express Entry BC and Skills immigration streams.

The streams which were featured in this draw were Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled subcategories.

The minimum required score in each stream by the candidates to be eligible to receive an ITA was as follows:

  • Skilled Worker: 95 points
  • International Graduate: 95 points
  • Skills Immigration Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled: 77 points
  • Skilled Worker: 99 points
  • International Graduate: 99 points

B.C issues invitations under its Tech Pilot draws every week.

The tech pilot draws held in B.C 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 were 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

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.

Pathways for Canadian Immigration:

Express Entry:

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 that 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.

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 the 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.

Provincial Nomination Program (PNP):

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.

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