BC Invites 457 Workers and Graduates to Immigrate on February 3 Draw
The first immigration draw of the year under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has taken place, with 457 candidates having been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to the BC PNP on February 3. These candidates had previously created a profile in BC’s unique Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), a mechanism that allows the province to rank and select potential newcomers across a range of sub-categories.
Until February 3, it had been a while since the previous draw took place on December 21. Prior to that draw, ITAs had been issued at more regular intervals. It may be the case that this draw signals a return to more regular draws through 2017, as was the case through much of last year.
Some individuals issued an ITA are now in a position to submit their BC PNP provincial nomination application through one of the enhanced BC PNP sub-categories aligned with the federal Express Entry selection system. The remaining candidates may submit their application to a “base” BC PNP sub-category and will have their applications processed outside the Express Entry system at the federal level.
Please note that the ITA with respect to the BC PNP is not the same as the ITA issued at the federal Express Entry level.
February 3, 2017, BC PNP Draw
Stream/category Minimum score Number of invitations Aligned with Express Entry?
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker 95 137 Yes
Express Entry BC – International Graduate 85 95 Yes
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 100 76 No
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 90 88 No
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 70 61 No
Express Entry BC Stream
This stream of the BC PNP is aligned with the Express Entry system, and applications under this stream may receive priority processing at the provincial and federal levels. Consequently, individuals in this stream must be eligible for one of the three Federal economic programs — Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), or Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST) — in order to enter the federal Express Entry pool. Individuals in the Express Entry pool who has a provincial nomination certificate from BC receive 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which means the individual will receive in an ITA for permanent residence in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
The Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker category is for international skilled workers who have post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a professional, management, technical, trade or other skilled occupation. Candidates must be eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool. A successful application under this category results in the candidate receiving 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and a subsequent ITA at the federal level.
Express Entry BC – International Graduate
International graduates who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within the past two years may be eligible to apply under the Express Entry BC – International Graduate category. Interestingly, this category is open to eligible graduates who graduated from a university or college in any location in Canada; it is not restricted to graduates from BC universities and colleges. This category is also aligned with the federal Express Entry system.
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
This base category is open to workers with post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a skilled occupation. A job offer is required.
Skills Immigration – International Graduate
This category is for international students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within two years of applying to the BC PNP. While applicants do not necessarily need prior work experience, applicants are required to obtain a job offer from a B.C. employer.
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
This category is open to candidates who may not be eligible for other Canadian immigration programs, as it allows certain non-skilled workers to apply for permanent residence. Candidates must work in an eligible occupation within the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing industries, or in an NOC skill level C or D occupation in the Northeast Development Region of the province.
Candidates who achieve or exceed the following registration scores will receive an Invitation to Apply in the next draw for his or her chosen category.
Category Minimum score
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 135
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 105
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 95
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker 135
Express Entry BC – International Graduate 105
If you are interested in immigrating to Canada through the BC PNP, use the exclusive Canada Visa SIRS Calculator to calculate how many points you may be awarded under the system.
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