British Columbia issued 450 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in a random draw held on September 29.
It was the largest draw in the province in 2020, surpassing the more than 430 invitations issued in its September 1 draw. Today’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw saw invitations go out to skilled workers and international graduate applicants from the BC Express Entry (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams.
The EEBC category is intended for applicants with a valid profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system, which is the primary route to Canada for skilled immigrants hoping to obtain permanent residence in Canada.
The SI category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province of British Columbia.
The minimum score required for today’s draw ranged between 75 and 94 points for the five EEBC and SI categories involved. The minimum scores were as follows:
To receive an invitation through the EEBC, applicants must be registered in both the Express Entry program and the British Columbia Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Express Entry is the federal government’s application management system for Canada’s three major economic immigration programs – the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Express Entry applicants are awarded points based on human capital factors such as age, work experience, education, and proficiency in English or French.
Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points for their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The 600 points effectively guarantee that they will get an invitation for permanent residence under Express Entry.
Skilled immigration applicants need only be registered with the SIRS. It has been a busy September for British Columbia.
The province held seven provincial draws across its various PNP categories and streams and invited more than 1,430 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
Applicants who received an invitation to apply today now have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a full application through BC PNP’s online registration system. An invitation to apply does not guarantee that applicants will be approved for an appointment.
To be considered under the BC PNP, most applicants must have an offer of full-time indeterminate employment from an employer in the province who is ready to support them throughout the application process.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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