In a recent draw conducted under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), approximately 185 individuals were issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs). These lucky individuals were selected from the program’s candidate pool, which includes Skilled Workers and International Graduates. The minimum score required for this draw varied between 60 and 109, depending on the specific stream and category within the BC PNP.
- Draw Date: June 27, 2023
- No. of Invitations: ~ 185
- BC PNP Stream: Skills Immigration
- Minimum Score: Ranging from 60-109
The detailed breakdown can be found in the table below:
|June 27, 2023||130||Skilled Worker||106||General draw|
(includes tech occupations)
|Skilled Worker – EEBC option||106|
|International Graduate – EEBC option||109|
|Entry Level and Semi-Skilled||87|
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is an immigration program that allows the province of British Columbia in Canada to nominate eligible individuals for Canadian permanent residency. The program is designed to address the specific economic and labor market needs of the province.
The BC PNP offers several streams and categories through which individuals can apply for provincial nomination. These include:
- Skills Immigration: This stream is designed for individuals who have job offers in eligible occupations in British Columbia. It includes various categories such as Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled.
- Express Entry BC: This stream is aligned with the federal Express Entry system and allows skilled workers with experience in eligible occupations to apply for provincial nomination. Successful nomination can provide additional points toward obtaining an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency through the federal Express Entry system.
- Entrepreneur Immigration: This stream is for experienced business owners or managers who wish to establish or purchase a business in British Columbia and actively participate in its operations.
- Tech Pilot: This stream is designed to attract and retain international talent in the technology sector. It provides faster application processing for eligible individuals in 29 designated technology occupations.
The specific eligibility requirements and application processes for each stream or category can vary. It’s important to review the official BC PNP website or consult with an immigration lawyer or consultant for the most up-to-date and accurate information on eligibility criteria, application procedures, and any recent changes to the program.
What is Express Entry BC Stream?
The Express Entry BC Stream is a category within the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) that is aligned with the federal Express Entry system. It allows the province of British Columbia in Canada to nominate eligible candidates who have registered in the federal Express Entry pool for Canadian permanent residency.
Under the Express Entry BC Stream, eligible candidates with the necessary skills, education, work experience, and language proficiency can receive a provincial nomination from British Columbia. This nomination provides them with additional points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in the federal Express Entry system, which significantly increases their chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
To be eligible for the Express Entry BC Stream, candidates must meet the criteria of one of the following federal programs managed through the Express Entry system:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Candidates who are nominated through the Express Entry BC Stream must have a genuine intention to live and work in British Columbia and demonstrate that they meet the specific requirements set by the province.
It’s important to note that meeting the eligibility criteria for the Express Entry BC Stream does not guarantee a provincial nomination or an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. The final decision rests with the British Columbia government and the federal immigration authorities.