What is BC PNP?
The BC PNP is a Provincial Nominee Program that aims to attract foreign workers who are in high demand in the province. The BC PNP has two main streams which are Skills Immigration and Express Entry, both of which are divided into sub-categories. These streams are managed under B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The process to apply for BC PNP is to first create an account. Your profile will then be assessed on factors such as education, work experience, and language skills.
The highest-scoring candidates from each sub-category are then invited to apply for a nomination which can then be used to apply for permanent residency if your profile scores in British Columbia’s draws. Once you receive an invitation, you will have 30 days from the date of the invitation to submit a complete application through the BC PNP online system.
Then, you will be notified of the province’s decision within approximately two to three months. If your nomination is successful, you are eligible to apply to Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status under BC PNP.
BC PNP draw on Oct 12, 2021
On October 12, 2021, British Columbia held four Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws, which resulted in the invitation of over 400 immigrants.
In a regularly held general draw, candidates from the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNPSkills )’s Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams got invitations.
Invitations were sent to those in the SI and EEBC streams from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level, and Semi-Skilled sub-categories.
For that draw, the minimum scores ranged from 69 to 91 points. A total of 308 people were invited to participate.
As part of the PNP program, British Columbia has been conducting a separate round of invites twice a month since February. Because of the large number of candidates from specific labor market sectors who registered with the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System, these drawings are being held (SIRS).
Candidates whose occupation falls under NOC 0621 (retail and wholesale trade managers) or NOC 0631 (retail and wholesale trade managers) were targeted in a second draw under the SI and EEBC categories (restaurant and foodservice managers). The draw yielded 101 invites with a combined score of 104.
B.C. also sent out invitations to Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) for the first time since August. Those in the EI-base category received ten invites, while those in the EI-regional pilot category received less than five.
While the province continues to invite and finalize applications from entrepreneurs, the intake of EI-based applications has been temporarily halted. The stream is now being reviewed, and the province hopes to announce its reopening in early 2022.
B.C. has given approximately 10,000 invitations through several BC PNP streams so far this year.