British Columbia on a roll, its latest PNP draw invites 302 candidates


BC (British Columbia) conducted a PNP (Provincial Nominee Program) draw on August 18, 2020. It invited 302 immigration candidates to submit applications for a provincial nomination.

Candidates registered under International Students and Skilled Workers categories of BC PNP’s Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams were sent invitations. Also, candidates belonging to the Skills Immigration’s Entry Level and Semi-skilled Workers categories were also invited.

Candidates with a profile in the pool of federal Express Entry system got the opportunity to participate in the BC PNP draw under the BC PNP categories. It’s the Express Entry system that handles thecandidates pool for Canada’s main economic immigration programs namely:

  • The Canadian Experience Class
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Class
  • The Federal Skilled Worker Class

The federal government of Canada’s application management system is achieved through the Express Entry. The candidates in the Express Entry get points based on human capital factors like age, education, work experience, and proficiency in English or French language.

Those Express Entry candidates that get a provincial nomination will receive an extra 600 points added to their original CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score.

The Skilled Immigration (SI) category aims at semi-skilled and skilled workers who are involved in occupations that are in high demand in British Columbia.

A minimum score ranging between 76 and 98 has been prescribed for the 5 SI and EEBC categories involved in the draw.

The minimum score distribution was like this:

  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 76
  • SI – International Graduate: 98
  • SI – Skilled Worker: 96
  • EEBC – International Graduate: 98
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker: 96

If an invitation has to be received through the EEBC, a candidate must be registered under both BC SIRS (Skills Immigration Registration System) and the federal Express Entry system.

Skills Immigration candidates need only register with the SIRS.

In August so far, BC has held 3 provincial draws. This includes a tech draw that was conducted on August 11, 2020.

Tech Pilot draws are weekly draws held involving candidates who are awarded a score based on factors such as work experience, education, and proficiency in English or French language. These are requirements of the registration process as per Canada immigration rules.

The Tech Pilot was created in 2017 to address the labor demands in BC’s technology sector. The local human resources could not satisfy the labor demands and in such a situation, foreign skilled workers are sought after. With their participation, BC’s technology sector can grow into the future.

Candidates participating in Tech Pilot draws have an exemption granted due to which, they don’t need a permanent full-time job offer from an employer in BC. The candidate must nevertheless show that the job offer is valid for at least a year and has a minimum of 120 calendar days left when they apply for a provincial nomination.

The BC Tech Pilot draw will be extended until June 2021.

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