British Columbia has released the results of the February 22 BCPNP draws. In two February 22 BCPNP draws the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Plan (BCPNP) invited 160 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence nomination.
In the general draw, BC issued 145 invitations across five streams. Candidates were in Skilled Worker, International Graduate and the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams. The minimum scores range from 77 to 125.
The second draw targeted two NOC codes: 0621 for Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers and 0631 for Restaurant and Food Service Managers. BCPNP issued 15 invites in this draw with a minimum score of 125.
In each of the February 22 BCPNP draws, 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. However, they can nominate you for PR if you have 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 also 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.
A total of 1,200 points is available under Express Entry. You immediately get 600 points if you are nominated by a province. See Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs).
How does BCPNP nomination help your Canada immigration application?
The 600 CRS points from a PNP nomination virtually guarantee that you will receive an ITA in an Express Entry draw.
For example, Johanna has a bachelor’s degree. She’s been working in food sciences for five years. Johanna has never worked or studied in Canada. She has an advanced English language proficiency.
Johanna entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 370. However, she recently obtained a provincial nomination. As a result IRCC awards her additional 600 points.
Consequently, Johanna’s total CRS score jumps to 970 points! This is well above the minimum CRS score required for Johanna to get an ITA in any draw.
IRCC will issue qualified PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After IRCC approves your application you complete the landing process, and 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 also 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 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 also have work experience from abroad. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category applicants need B.C. work experience. However, recent international graduates of a Canadian university or college may not need any work experience, depending on the job being offered. Start
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. Start
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. Start
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.