British Columbia has rapidly become a favorite for immigrants who want access to great opportunities. The province regularly organizes draws to issue invitations to skilled, eligible candidates who will be able to contribute to the economy significantly.
The most recent draw was held by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) on August 31, 2021. In recent British Columbia PNP draw a total of 488 immigration candidates belonging to four Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws were invited. This is in accordance with the trend of holding two different invitation rounds under the PNP program every month that British Columbia has been following since February.
The first one is a general draw, while the second draw is specifically meant for restaurant and foodservice managers and retail and wholesale retail managers. The BC PNP wants to invite international workers with the ideal skill set for the provincial labor market.
Details of the draw
The general draw saw 467 candidates registered in the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams receive invitations. The International Graduate, Skilled Worker, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories under these streams were invited. The score requirement ranged between 69 and 90 points.
The SI and EEBC categories were also targeted in the second draw. Only those candidates were invited whose professions were classified under NOC 0621 or NOC 0631. The minimum score requirement was 106 and 21 candidates managed to secure invitations.
Provincial nominees are awarded 600 extra CRS points which gives them an advantage over other candidates. They have the chance of being invited to apply for permanent residence via the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).