British Columbia immigration invited 407 immigration candidates through a provincial nominee program draw conducted on September 15, 2020.

The new invitations were issued to 407 immigration candidates from the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams, specifically the Skilled Workers, International Graduate as well as the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled class.

The minimum scores for this draw ranged between Seventy-five (75) and Ninety-five (95) points.

The EEBC class is for candidates with a valid profile in the Express Entry system, which is Canada’s main immigration pathway for skilled immigrants who are hoping to get Canadian permanent residence.

The Skilled Worker category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the British Columbia province.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) categories are featured under the BC’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

In order to apply through the SIRS, qualified candidates are first asked to register an account. Once they complete those steps, candidates are given a score based on factors like age, work experience, education and qualifications, and language proficiency.

Candidates who scored high are then invited to apply for a provincial nomination when the British Columbia conducted another one of its frequent draws.

Categories that are managed under the SIRS require candidates to have a job offer from an employer in British Columbia province.

Express Entry is the system the federal government uses to manage applications for permanent residence. Express Entry candidates are assigned points based on human capital factors such as age, education, work experience, and language proficiency in French or English.

Candidates issued an invitation under the EEBC: Skilled Worker and EEBC: International Graduate class, can obtain an extra 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and invitations at a future Express Entry draw if they are successful with their nomination.

Express Entry draws continue to be conducted every two weeks despite ongoing border closures and travel restrictions.

In fact, the latest Express Entry draw, featured earlier today, resulted in 4,200 invitations to apply for Canada PR – the second-largest round of invitations since the system’s introduction in 2015.

Thus far this year, IRCC has sent out 74,150 invitations and has indicated that it will continue to make efforts to welcome high levels of new immigrants in the next coming years and beyond.

The British Columbia holds weekly draws, with the last one having taken place on September 8. In total so far this year, British Columbia immigration invited over 6,000 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination via regular PNP and Tech Pilot draws.

Tech Pilot candidates are exempted from the full-time, permanent job offer requirements that apply to most immigration streams under the BC PNP.

However, Tech Pilot candidates must show that they have a job offer that is at least one year in duration and has at least one hundred and twenty (120) calendar days remaining at the time they are applying for a provincial nomination.

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