British Columbia province has issued 320 invitations to Express Entry BC (EEBC) candidates and Skilled Immigration (SI) candidates in its latest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw conducted July 14.

The Express Entry BC program is one of many provincial programs across the country linked with the federal government’s Express Entry system.

The Express Entry system is used by the federal government of Canada to manage permanent residence applications via the three major economic programs: Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Many Canadian provinces also use the system to manage their own applications for provincial nomination.

Express Entry candidates who obtained a provincial nomination are given an extra 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points, practically assuring an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in upcoming Express Entry draw.

As for the Skills Immigration program, candidates were invited via the stream’s Skilled Workers, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories.

The minimum required provincial points in today’s draw ranged between Seventy-eight (76) and Ninety-eight (98), depending on the category.

The minimum scores for each of the categories are as follows:

  • SI – Skilled Workers: 98
  • SI – International Graduates: 98
  • SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 76
  • EEBC – Skilled Workers: 98
  • EEBC – International Graduates: 98

Candidates interested in applying through the Express Entry BC program must have a valid federal Express Entry profile as well as register in the province’s Skill Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Individuals interested in applying through the Skills Immigration stream have to be registered in the SIRS.

British Columbia conducts two draws so far in July, with the latest being a Tech draw held on July 14.

Tech Pilot draws are conducted weekly and candidates are awarded a score based on factors such as work experience education, and language proficiency as part of the registration process.

Established in 2017, the Tech Pilot addresses labour demands in British Columbia’s technology sector that cannot be met locally. Its goal is to ensure British Columbia’s tech sector has access to the talents it needs to continue growing. (BC PNP)

Tech Pilot candidates are exempted from the permanent, full-time job offer requirements that apply to most immigration categories under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

Tech Pilot candidates, however, must show that they have a job offer that is at least one year in duration and has a minimum of 120 calendar days remaining at the time they apply for a provincial nomination.

British Columbia immigration recently announced that the Tech Pilot program will be extended further to later part of the year.

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