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British Columbia Held a New General and Targeted Draw For the Skills Immigration Stream

Austin Campbell



Skills Immigration stream

Recently on April 04, 2023, the Canadian province of British Columbia held a new draw for both general and targeted categories. The draw issued 175 invitations to apply to skilled workers and international graduates under the Skills Immigration stream.

The number and frequency of Expressions of Interest (NOI) are based on British Columbia’s backlog of applications at the moment. With a few exceptions, BC PNP draws are typically held every week.

Most of the provinces and territories (except Quebec and Nunavut) conduct their own PNPs. Through these PNP programs, interested candidates are offered invitations for provincial nomination. However, a provincial nomination is not similar to permanent residence, but it effectively increases the chances of PR status in Canada. The selected candidates also become eligible to be invited to apply for a PNP-specific round of invitations.

Highlights of the Draw – Who Was Invited?

BC PNP Results for the General Draw

The BC PNP held rounds of invitations and issued a total of 152 ITAs to candidates in a general draw that included tech occupations.

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The issued invitations were divided across the following immigration stream, mentioned below:

  • Skilled Worker-EEBC Option candidates required a minimum score of 103;
  • International Graduate-EEBC option needed a CRS score of 106;
  • Entry-level and semi-skilled candidates required a score of 85

BC PNP Results for the Targeted Draw

The Canadian province also conducted rounds of invitations for applicants working in the targeted occupations. The BC PNP targeted draw invited a total of 23 candidates.

Here is a full breakdown of categories that invited candidates under the Skills Immigration stream:

  • 17 Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202) with a minimum score of 60
  • The targeted draw issued invitations to 06 Healthcare workers with a minimum score of 60

How to Get Permanent Residency in British Columbia?

Several factors, including your education, work experience, language ability, age, and other eligibility requirements established by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, determine whether you can obtain permanent residence in British Columbia. You are also required to submit your Expression of Interest (EOI).

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Applicants can apply for permanent residency in Canada through a number of immigration programs in British Columbia, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

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