British Columbia held a set of 2 BC PNP draws on August 3, 2021. In all, 374 immigration candidates from different categories were invited through the draw.
One of these draws was a general BC PNP draw, while the other was a targeted draw. This means that the second draw chose only candidates with skill and experience in selected occupations that are in demand in British Columbia.
The trend of conducting 2 separate draws every month has lately been practiced by BC PNP. The second targeted draw was aimed at wholesale and retail trade managers.
In fact, the number of people who have registered in the BC PNP SIRS for these occupations is huge. With the additional targeted draw, British Columbia attempts to balance the needs in different sectors of BC’s labor market.
About the general draw
In the general draw immigration candidates were invited through the SI and EEBC streams. They belonged to the International Graduate and Skilled Worker categories. Each of these categories had sub-categories namely Entry Level and Semi-Skilled.
A total of 361 immigration candidates were invited through the general draw. The minimum scores expected of them ranged from 74 and 91 points.
About the targeted draw
Even in the targeted draw, the candidates were invited via the SI and EEBC categories. The candidates were involved in occupations that were identified by NOC under NOC 0631 and NOC 0621 codes.
The targeted draw had 13 invitations issued with 107 as the minimum score expected.
British Columbia has invited 7,041 immigration candidates in 2021 through rounds of invitations held by BC PNP through various streams.
About the BC PNP
BC PNP manages the immigration of skilled and eligible immigration candidates to the province. BC PNP serves the need of foreign workers to fill the in-demand positions in the employment scene.
Individuals who are interested in immigrating to Canada and working in British Columbia, settling in the province are sought after by the BC PNP. These candidates are chosen via the streams of Express Entry and Skills Immigration.
These streams are managed by British Columbia’s SIRS. The candidates have to register to the SIRS for an account. This will be followed by scores assigned to them considering factors like language skills, education, and work experience.
Candidates who come forth with the highest scores from each sub-category involved will get invitations enabling them to apply for a provincial nomination in British Columbia. Candidates who are nominated get the eligibility to apply for Canada PR. They can do so when BC PNP holds another regular draw.
Invited candidates can apply for their nominations within 30 days of getting the invitation. This can be done online.
If the result of the application for nomination is positive, which will be known within 2 or 3 months, they can apply for a Canada PR status. This can be done under the provincial nominee class.
The nomination given to candidates will stay valid for 6 months from the date of receipt of confirmation.
Another bonus that immigration candidates receive along with the provincial nomination is 600 extra CRS points. With those points added to their original CRS scores, it helps them to arrive further front in the line and surely gets an ITA in an upcoming federal Express Entry draw.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
IRCC – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System
BC – British Columbia
EEBC – Express Entry BC
SI – Skills Immigration