British Columbia Continues to Invite Candidates at Low Thresholds
The trend of low points thresholds in immigration draws conducted by the government of British Columbia remains consistent, as more workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) following the latest draws that took place on September 27 and October 4.
A total of 377 invitations to apply to the BC PNP were issued over this period, including candidates invited under the program’s recent Tech Pilot.
Many BC PNP categories are managed under BC’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). In order to apply through the SIRS, eligible candidates are required to register an account, whereupon they are assigned a score based on their economic and human capital credentials. Candidates with the highest scores are then invited to apply when the government of BC conducts one of its periodic draws.
All BC PNP categories managed under the SIRS requires candidates to have a job offer from an employer in BC.
Candidates invited through an Express Entry-aligned sub-category are now in a position to apply for and receive an enhanced BC PNP nomination certificate. A successful nomination results in applicants receiving 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and an Invitation To Apply (ITA) at a subsequent draw from the federal Express Entry pool.
It is important to note that an invitation to apply under the BC PNP is not the same as the ITA issued at the federal Express Entry level.
The remaining skilled worker, graduate, and entrepreneur invitees will have their applications for permanent residence processed outside Express Entry after they receive a nomination from BC.
Eligible individuals interested in applying for immigration to Canada through certain categories of the BC PNP are required to enter into the SIRS pool. Once in this pool, candidates are assigned points score based on civil status, education, work experience, and other factors.
|Date||Category||Minimum Score Required||No. of ITA’s Issued|
|September 27, 2017 (Includes tech-only draw on October 4)||EEBC – Skilled Worker||73||377|
|EEBC – International Graduate||67|
|SI – Skilled Worker||73|
|SI – International Graduate||67|
|SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled||40|
|September 27, 2017||Entrepreneur Immigration||119||12|