The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program recently issued invitations to candidates who will now be able to apply for a provincial nomination. On October 14, the province decided to invite immigration candidates and allow them to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
Details of the draw
The draw targeted candidates belonging to five immigration sub-categories. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC Provincial Nominee Program) distributed 417 invitations via the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams. Candidates received the invitations under the International Graduate and Skilled Worker subcategories, alongside the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled subcategory of the Skills Immigration stream.
The minimum score requirement for applicants ranged between 75 and 94 in all the categories. Certain professions were excluded from the draw because the coronavirus pandemic largely affected regional businesses. You will find a list of the 31 occupations on the official website of the British Columbia government.
The province organizes draws via its many Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) categories and streams every week. The province distributed 450 provincial nomination invitations during its largest draw of the year just a few weeks ago.
How does the Tech Pilot work?
British Columbia also holds Tech Pilot draws every week through which candidates who have secured job offers in any of the 29 eligible occupations can be invited to submit their application for a provincial nomination. The Tech Pilot was launched in 2017 to help the province’s technology sector hire eligible IT workers who will be able to meet the present labor market needs.
For candidates to be eligible for the Tech Pilot, they must be registered in any of the province’s provincial immigration streams. They should also have a valid job offer with a minimum duration of 12 months in one of the eligible occupations under the Tech Pilot.