New British Columbia PNP invites Entrepreneurs to a new draw

New British Columbia PNP invites Entrepreneurs to a new draw

Surya Rathee Surya Rathee
[Published 09 Nov, 2022 | 04:15 AM]
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On November 8, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) conducted a new draw under its Entrepreneur Immigration stream. The November 8th draw issued a total of 13 Invitations to Apply (ITA) to candidates across two categories: 

  • CATEGORY 1: A total of 5 candidates from an Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot with a minimum score of 114. 
  • CATEGORY 2: A total of 8 candidates from an Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category with a minimum score of 120. 


ITAs under the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot are conducted on a monthly basis – for qualified Entrepreneurs who have been referred by a participating community. 

Whereas targeted ITAs for Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category may be based on one or more of the following factors: 

  • The qualified candidate’s registration score.
  • The specific region in which a candidate proposes to establish a business.
  • The population size of the community in which the candidate proposes to establish a business.
  • Whether the proposed business is a start-up or a purchase of an existing business.
  • Whether the business proposal is aligned with identified priority business sectors.

ITA draws based on score alone for the Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category is held periodically, but may be limited based on targeted invitations to maintain the standard processing times. 

How does the BC PNP work?

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) plays a pivotal role in helping support & sustain the province’s economy. The BC PNP is one of the most sought-after Canada Immigration pathways for aspiring immigrants from across the world. 

There are two streams that are currently being managed by the BC PNP: 

  • British Columbia Skills Immigration 
  • British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration 

Candidates are ranked & evaluated based on the points achieved under the BC PNP points calculator. Points are assigned based on factors such as Age, Education, Work Experience, Language Proficiency, Adaptability, and Spousal Sponsorship. 

Candidates with the highest scores are issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to the BC PNP. 

BC PNP draws are usually conducted on a weekly basis. The size, frequency, and cut-off scores of the next BC PNP draw are determined by the province’s application backlog and inventory at that time. The BC PNP does not post the dates beforehand.


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