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On 26th January 2021, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invited 81 applicants through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams to apply for a provincial nomination. Through the Provincial Nomination, the BC province accepts applicants who can settle in the region and meet the labor market demand.
The Express Entry BC stream accepts applicants with a valid profile in the federal Express Entry System. The Skilled Immigration stream is for skilled and semi-skilled workers and under it those applicants whose occupations are in huge demand in the province they are selected.
In the latest draw, applicants who got selected in the Skilled Worker Stream and the International Graduate subcategories of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. The shortlisted applicants were expected to have a job offer from an eligible employer in one of the tech occupations to receive the nomination. The selection score required in all the categories was set at 80 points.
There are two BC Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) category draws that are held every week. The Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories candidates need to create a profile through the BC PNPâ€™s online portal and then register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). There is a point-based system of evaluation, and the candidates are assessed as per education, work experience, proficiency in English, and employment location.
Suppose the BC PNP selects an applicant. In that case, they can use their provincial nomination to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) through the Express Entry system. In the Federal selection system, the nominated applicant is eligible for additional 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This guaranteed an ITA in the subsequent draw.
In 2017, the British Columbia province launched the Tech Pilot program and administered strong growth in the technology sector, giving strong competition to the US talent. In the Trump Era, the suspension of the H1B1 visa also played a phenomenal role in attracting technical workers to Canada. British Columbia has a good reputation for innovation and tech expertise, and its proximity to the US makes it an ideal catch.
Since January 2021, there have been five draws of BCPNP in which the minimum score ranged from 77 to 106 points. Apart from this, the Tech workers in BC continued to regularly invite workers and graduates to non-tech occupations.
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