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British Columbia welcomes 417 PNP candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

On 14th October, British Columbia (BC) sent invitations to immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

A total of 417 invitations through Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skill Immigration Stream 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 between 75 and 94. As the pandemic affected the local businesses, some occupations were excluded from this draw. The 31 acceptable occupations can be found on the BC government site.

The province gave 450 provincial nomination invitations in its biggest draw this year in its previous draw, which was held two weeks ago. BC holds its draws through its different PNP classes and broadcasts consistently.

A weekly tech pilot draw is hosted by the 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 should 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.

In case a candidate is approved, they would then be able to utilize their provincial nominee and apply for permanent residency with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada under the Provincial Nominee Program.

Express Entry candidates nominated in BC PNP will be awarded an additional 600 points on top of their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and will be virtually guaranteed an invitation to apply (ITA) in a future Federal Express Entry draw.

Vyom Bhatt

Vyom Bhatt

An introverted millennial fueled by coffee and literature, keen on finding his way to the top by amassing every bit of knowledge this world has to offer.

Vyom is a BSC graduate from NUV. He has a good knowledge of the Canadian immigration system as he is a future Canadian immigration aspirant and is about to pursue a Master’s degree in Canada.

He is intrigued by novels and comics since he was a kid, has written several blogs on various topics, and loves to write in his free time.

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