April 20 BCPNP draw

British Columbia invites 90 for PR nomination in April 20 BCPNP draw

In the April 20 BCPNP draw, the BCPNP (British Columbia Provincial Nominee Plan) invited a total of 99 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence nomination by the province. The April 20 BCPNP draw targeted BC Tech Pilot candidates in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams. The minimum scores range from 80 points.

Invited candidates have 30 calendar days to apply for the nomination.

With the April 20 BCPNP draw, the province of British Columbia has now issued a total of 3,531 provincial nomination invitations issued in 2021.

Requirements for BCPNP Tech Pilot


The BC PNP Tech Pilot was launched in 2017 to assist employers in attracting potential immigrants in the Information Technology (IT) sector and to facilitate the immigration process for foreign tech workers and international students. The pilot has been extended to 2021.

Candidates need to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

BCPNP Tech Pilot draws are conducted weekly and invitations sent to eligible candidates with a valid one-year job offer in one of the program’s specified 29 occupations. The job offer must also have at least 120 days remaining at the time of application. B.C. also invites foreign workers and graduates in non-tech occupations every two weeks via BCPNP draws. For example British Columbia invites 452 for PR nomination in April 13 BCPNP draws.

About BCPNP draws


In each draw, BCPNP invites the highest scoring registrants in each category to apply to the BC Provincial Nominee Program. BCPNP then nominates successful applicants to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canadian permanent residence.

The Express Entry BC (EEBC) stream is for candidates who have created a profile with the federal government’s Express Entry system, Canada’s national program for skilled immigrants to obtain Canadian permanent residence.

In order to receive an invitation through the EEBC candidates must be registered under both the federal Express Entry system AND British Columbia’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

The Skills Immigration (SI) stream is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province of British Columbia. You do not need to register with the federal Express Entry system to be eligible for the BCPNP SI draw.

BCPNP and the Federal Express Entry immigration system

Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status, but they can help an application along by issuing provincial nominations to candidates who have registered a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.

Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. You can receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly and skipping the PNP process. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.

How does PNP nomination help your Canada immigration application?

Candidates who receive a PNP nomination get an additional 600 points toward their federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee that the candidate will receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw. This is why candidates with lower CRS scores often seek a PNP nomination because the extra 600 points is more than enough to guarantee an invitation in any Express Entry draw.

The minimum score for an Express Entry PNP draw is typically in the mid 700s and up, compared to other Express Entry program scores which range in the high 400s. This is because PNP candidates automatically get 600 points just for receiving the provincial nomination. This means they need only score in the 100s for core human capital in order to be invited to apply for permanent residency.

See for example:

Canada invites 266 PNP candidates in April 14 Express Entry draw

Canada invites 284 PNP candidates in March 31 Express Entry draw.

In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three federal government economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.

Based on the information you entered in your federal Express Entry profile you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and placed into a pool of other candidates ranked. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.

A limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. IRCC issues ITAs through regular federal Express Entry draws which typically take place every two weeks.


Your 600 points from the provincial nomination gives you 50% of the maximum,1200 CRS points available in any Express Entry draw. Virtually all nominated candidates find it easy to acquire the remaining points for a draw’s cut-off score from their core human capital.

IRCC will issue qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After your application is approved and you complete the landing process, you will officially become a Canadian permanent resident.

How to participate in BCPNP programs

The BCPNP offers three ways to become a permanent resident in British Columbia. Each pathway contains different categories you can apply under, depending on your National Occupational Classification skill level, job, or international student status.

Choose your pathway

Skills Immigration

Skills Immigration is for skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in B.C. It uses a points-based invitation system. The process involves registering and applying online for the BCPNP and a paper application process for permanent residency.

You may not need prior work experience for some categories. Skilled workers may have work experience from abroad. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category applicants need B.C. work experience. Recent international graduates of a Canadian university or college may not need any work experience, depending on the job being offered. Get started

Express Entry BC

Express Entry BC is a faster way for eligible skilled workers to immigrate to B.C. You must also qualify for a federal economic immigration program. It uses a points-based invitation system, and is an entirely web-based registration and application process for both the BCPNP and permanent residency process.

You do not require B.C. work experience. However, you must have relevant work experience as well as meet other requirements such as education and language. Get started

Entrepreneur Immigration

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for experienced entrepreneurs who want to actively manage a business in B.C. It is a points-based invitation system. Applicants must have the required personal and investment funds.

The Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot is for entrepreneurs who want to start a new business in participating regional communities across B.C.

BCPNP also has an option for companies looking to expand into B.C., and who need to get permanent residency for key employees. Get started

Other immigration options

If you don’t qualify for one of the BC PNP streams, there may be other ways to come to B.C. Learn about your options, and see if you qualify as an immigrant, temporary resident or visitor.

See other options

  1. Create your BCPNP Online profile.
  2. Create your federal Express Entry profile.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.