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British Columbia Holds New PNP Draw

Isabel Rice



British Columbia provincial nominee program

The Canadian provinces have not taken a moment’s rest when it comes to inviting eligible workers into the province. The pandemic has been harsh on the provincial economies. Immigrants will be invaluable to the process of post-pandemic recovery.

British Columbia recently hosted a draw on January 19, 2021 in order to invite skilled candidates through the provincial nominee program. A total of 195 invitations were distributed during the draw.

Details of the draw

The province used the January 19 draw to target the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams. The Express Entry BC stream is ideal for the people who have already created a profile in the federal Express Entry pool.

Most skilled workers rely on the Express Entry pathway for an opportunity to become permanent residents. On the other hand, the Skills Immigration stream is beneficial for skilled as well as semi-skilled workers whose professions are in rather high demand in British Columbia. 


British Columbia targeted the International Graduate, Skilled Worker, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories during the January 19 draw. The score requirement ranged from 80 to 106 points. Under the Skills Immigration stream, the Skilled Worker candidates, as well as the International Graduate candidates required 96 points in order to be eligible for an invitation.

The Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled candidates in the Skills Immigration stream were required to obtain 80 points to be eligible. Under the Express Entry BC stream, the Skilled Worker candidates required 106 points while the International Graduate candidates needed 103 points. 

The PNP categories in British Columbia are usually managed by the Skills Immigration Registration System.

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