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British Columbia (BC) PNP update: 216 immigration applicants receive invitations

BC issued invitations to 8 entrepreneur applicants and another 208 Skilled Workers and International Graduates on the 2nd of February.  

British Columbia’s latest draw for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) program was held on February 2, 2021. 

A total of 208 skilled and internationally accredited students received invitations to apply for nominations in the province under the provincial entries of Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration. The minimum required number of candidates varies amongst each category. 

 The cut-off scores for the Express Entry BC categories are: 

Skilled Workers: 104 

International Graduates: 100 

Nominees for this category were required to already submit profiles under the Express Entry program for Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada. Upon receipt of their invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from BC, the successful candidates will receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) which will ensure that they receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence under the Express Entry of the IRCC program. 

The cut-off scores for the three Skills Immigration subcategories were: 

  • Skilled Worker: 98 
  • International Graduate: 98 
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 79 

The B.C. government has indicated that there has been a coronavirus influence on the express entry draws. B.C. hosts a draw through its various stages of PNP and streams on a weekly basis. So far this year 740 invitations have been issued by the BC PNP. To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories you must first create a profile using the BC PNP website and then register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). 

The points received because of the PNP nomination cater towards the PR applications of these candidates. Because most express entry already have 400 points, receiving an ITA (Invitation to Apply) for the Canadian PR, becomes much easier for them. 

What is the Skills Immigration Stream?  

This method of permanent residence is for qualified foreign workers who usually find work in B.C. There are five sections under SI, four of which are aligned with the provincial government’s Express Entry system: 

  • Skilled Worker Category  
  • Healthcare Professional Category  
  • International Graduate Category  
  • International Post-Graduate Category 
  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker Category 

 B.C. also invited candidates into its entrepreneur stream for the first time in two months. 8 invitations have been issued under the BC PNP’s Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category. The cut points were 122. The purpose of the foundation phase is to accommodate experienced entrepreneurs who wish to start or take up a business. Candidates are evaluated based on a process such as their business experience, value, education, business plan, and the number of investors they plan to make. 

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