B.C. has now issued over 9,000 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination since the start of the year.
British Columbia invited 422 immigration candidates in two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws held on September 28, 2021.
Since February, British Columbia has been conducting two separate rounds of invitations twice a month as part of its PNP program. Due to a high number of people registered in the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) in certain occupations, B.C. has been holding an additional draw to balance the needs in all sectors of the provincial labour market.
The minimum scores for that draw ranged between 69 and 90 points. A total of 386 candidates were invited.
The separate draw was also conducted under SI and EEBC categories and targeted candidates whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631. The draw resulted in 36 invitations with scores of 105.
So far this year, B.C. has issued a total of 9,083 invitations through various BC PNP streams.
About the BC PNP
The BC PNP aims to attract foreign workers who are in high demand in the province and who wish to become permanent residents of Canada.
The BC PNP has two immigration streams, Skills Immigration and Express Entry, both of which are divided into sub-categories. These streams are managed under B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). In order to apply through the SIRS, you are first required to register an account. Once this is done, you will be assigned a score based on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills.
The highest-scoring candidates from each sub-category are then invited to apply for a provincial nomination to apply for permanent residency when British Columbia conducts one of its regular draws.
If you received an invitation you will have 30 days from the date of the invitation to submit a complete application through the BC PNP online system.
Once you submit a complete BC PNP application package you will be notified of the province’s decision within approximately two to three months. If your nomination is successful, you become eligible to apply to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status under the Provincial Nominee Class.
The nomination is valid for approximately six months from the date of confirmation.
As a provincial nominee, you may receive an additional 600 points under the CRS and therefore have a score high enough to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.