The Canadian province of British Columbia plays an important role in the Canada immigration scene. The province brings in immigrants from all over the world. It has a very low unemployment rate and hence BC is an ideal place for skilled workers. They are in high demand there. Their skills are sought to fill several job roles that leverage the economy and keep it healthy.
It’s also a province well-known for its provincial Express Entry draws. Such draws invite many skilled people eligible to work in the region. The fact is that immigration Canada sources a large part of the province’s workforce. These workers are taken into the major sectors of retail/service and construction.
A British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) draw was conducted on April 16, 2020. 271 candidates were selected in the draw. These candidates came from the Express Entry BC stream and the Skilled Immigration stream. They were sent invites to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
COVID-19 affected this draw too. Candidates in 34 job categories were left out. Few of these excluded jobs were:
- Administrative officers
- Travel counselors
- Retail salespersons
- Hotel front desk clerks
- Hairstylists and barbers
The provincial score needed depended on the subcategory the candidates belonged to.
The candidates chosen Under the Express Entry BC stream had profiles in the federal Express Entry pool. These candidates were invited via the International Graduate and Express Entry BC Skilled Worker sub-categories. The minimum provincial score needed to be 102 and 105, respectively.
Under the Skills Immigration stream, candidates got invited from sub-categories of International Graduate, Skilled Worker, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled. The minimum score required for these candidates was 100 for the first two sub-categories and 85 for the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates.
Candidates who have got an invitation to apply now can submit a complete application to the BC PNP for provincial nomination within 30 days. This will be counted from the day they receive their invitation.
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