British Columbia gave away the results of latest draw under the Skills Immigration category on July 26. Results were made public for both General and Targeted draws. The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) sent out its weekly batch of invitations on. More than 178 new applicants were asked to apply for a provincial nomination.
147 invitations were sent from the General draw (including Tech occupations) category including:
22 invitations were sent from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate (including EEBC option) with a minimum score of 60, targeting Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214).
9 invitations were sent from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled (including EEBC option) with a minimum score of 60, targeting Healthcare occupation.
Less than 5 invitations were sent from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate (including EEBC option) category with a minimum score of 60 targeting other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213).
Under British Columbia's PNP, there are two Skilled Worker (SW) streams: one that is aligned with Express Entry (Express Entry BC category), requiring a valid Express Entry profile in order to be eligible, and one that is not (Skills Immigration category), disabling the candidate from taking advantage of Express Entry's quicker processing times. Both streams' eligibility conditions are essentially the same.
British Columbia has minimum qualifying standards for the SW streams, however not every applicant who fits these conditions receives an invitation to apply. In fact, the BCPNP holds SW draws on a regular basis, and each draw has a different minimum cutoff score for each of the two SW streams. You will definitely be invited to participate in the upcoming draw if your score is 135 points or above, as that is the current standard cut-off (applicable to change).
An applicant will gain an additional 600 CRS points in their Express Entry profile if they are nominated under the Express Entry category, which will ensure that they receive an Invitation to Apply.
The BC PNP issues invitations to candidates based on the following indicators of merit:
Candidates must meet the minimal SW stream eligibility standards and register a profile in BCPNP Online in order to be considered for the Skills Immigration category (which is not associated with Express Entry).
After that they receive a direct application invitation in their BCPNP Online profile.
The next step is to make an application through BCPNP Online for the SW stream within 60 days of getting an invitation to do so (filling in forms and uploading required documents).
Within six months of receiving the nomination, apply for Canada permanent residence visa with the federal government (IRCC). Candidates must submit their applications to IRCC on paper together with the BCPNP nomination materials.
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