British Columbia has invited would-be immigrants to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on October 14.
The British Columbia Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued a total of 417 invitations under the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams. Candidates were invited in the BC PNP’s Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories, as well as in the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategory in the Skills Immigration stream.
The minimum score required for applicants varied between 75 and 94 in all categories. Some professions have been excluded from this draw due to the coronavirus pandemic affecting regional businesses. These 31 professions can be found on the B.C. government website.
BC PNP held provincial draws through its various categories and PNP feeds every week. Two weeks ago, the province issued 450 provincial nomination invitations in its biggest draw this year.
British Columbia hosts weekly Tech Pilot draws in which applicants with job openings in 29 eligible occupations are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Launched in 2017, the Tech Pilot project aims to help the technology sector in British Columbia recruit IT workers to meet current labor market needs.
To apply for BC PNP’s Tech Pilot, applicants must be enrolled in one of British Columbia’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the eligible occupations of the technical pilot.
To apply for the BC PNP EEBC or Skills Immigration categories, applicants must first create a profile through the BC PNP online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Applicants are given scores based on factors such as education level, work experience, English proficiency, and location of employment. If a candidate is approved, then they can use their provincial nominees to apply for permanent residence with IRCC under the Provincial Nominee Program(PNP).
Express Entry candidates who get a provincial nomination from British Columbia will receive an additional 600 points for their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and will effectively be guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) upon submission in the future Federal Express Entry draw.
The latest Express Entry draw was the largest Express Entry draw held by Canada, inviting 4,500 applicants to apply for permanent residence.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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