British Columbia immigration invited 46 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on July 28.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw chose thirty-four (34) immigration candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration class.

The selected 46 immigration candidates were from either the International Graduate or the Skilled Worker subcategories and were required to have a minimum provincial score of eighty (80).

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration route for in-demand skilled workers and international students. It operates through British Columbia’s existing provincial immigration streams.

In order to qualify for this program, candidates need to have a valid job offer of at least twelve (12) months in one of the Tech Pilot’s twenty-nine (29) eligible occupations.

To apply for the Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories candidates must first create a valid profile via the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Applicants are assessed and granted a score based on factors such as work experience, level of education, abilities in English and location of employment.

Express Entry candidates who get a nomination from British Columbia will be granted an extra 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are practically assures an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

The BC PNP also issued twelve (12) invitations in a draw for its Entrepreneur Immigration program. The minimum score requirement for this draw was between 123 and 125, depending on the category a candidate find him or herself.

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for experienced business individuals seeking a route to Canadian permanent residence and who can establish themselves in British Columbia province and invest in and manage a commercially viable business that can provide significant economic benefits to the province.

Under this stream, candidates are evaluated based on factors such as business and/or work experience, adaptability, personal net worth and their business proposal.

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