British Columbia government is adjusting its PNP program operations to assist candidates and employers who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) continues to respond to inquiries, receive and process requests, evaluate final reports, process post-nomination requests and organize regular provincial draws through its streams – Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC and Entrepreneur stream.
BCPNP Tech draws invites 92 Immigrants Provincial Nomination
Through its weekly held Tech draws, BC PNP – British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program targets candidates who are having job-offers in 29 eligible occupations for provincial nomination.
The latest tech draw held on May 12, a total of 92 invitations were issued to the candidates under international graduate programs and Skilled workers in both the streams: Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration. The minimum BC PNP points required were set at 80 points.
PNP-specific Express Entry Draws and PNP Draws in British Columbia and other provinces such as Ontario result in an increased number of tech applicants who are asked to apply for permanent resident status in Canada, which is due to the importance of the technology sector to the Canadian economy, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the other hand, the pandemic has had a significant impact on certain sectors that are more vulnerable to fluctuations in employment in the British Columbia economy. This has led to the temporary exclusion of several professions from recent rounds of invitation to the BC PNP.
All applicants who require assistance, experience delays in submitting documents or have difficulty meeting other program deadlines are asked to contact the BC PNP by email.
Changes in BC PNP Policies to COVID-19
The BC PNP has implemented provisional measures for candidates under Skills immigration whose employment status has changed due to:
Applicants are always responsible for collecting all the required documents, including the results of language tests, the evaluation of diplomas and training qualifications, and for meeting the submission deadlines.
However, if the documents cannot be obtained from third parties due to COVID-19, a written explanation and proof that the information has been requested may be submitted in the interim.
Entry-level and semi-skilled applicants who have been laid off and who are unable to complete the nine months of permanent full-time permanent employment will be able to count employment before and after a temporary layoff as continuous for the nine months. However, the layoff cannot exceed 16 weeks and the candidate must be rehired by the same employer and in a position eligible for this component.
International graduates who must withdraw their registration to update it due to a change in their employment status may submit a new registration and a new request in this category provided that the original request has been submitted in the three-year period accepted.
Guidance for Entrepreneurs
Individuals who have applied, have been invited to apply, or have been approved to apply for a work permit through the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream and who experience delays in the document collection, arrival plans must be sent to BC PNP through an email.
The BC PNP may provide for extensions of the business establishment period and support for the work permit. Entrepreneurs who find it difficult to fulfill their residency obligations or actively manage their business following the pandemic are encouraged to inform the BC PNP of their particular situation. Applicants who must submit their final report can still do so, but only by email. Final reports are still under evaluation.
BC PNP will adapt to changes in employment status or travel delays and provide support where possible, but all registrants, guests, applicants, and applicants must continue to meet the conditions of their immigration programs.
People will not have their BC PNP applications negatively affected if they receive provincial or federal assistance or services, such as Employment Insurance (EI) or the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
Reference is taken from CIC News
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