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The Canadian province of British Columbia has issued 290 invitations to apply for provincial nomination in two draws that took place Dec. 6 and 13.

The draws saw a slight increase over recent cut-off scores in the Skills Immigration — Skilled Worker, Skills Immigration — International Graduate, Express Entry BC — Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC — International Graduate categories.

The Dec. 13 draw was limited to the Tech Pilot, a weekly technology-focused draw that B.C.’s Provincial Nominee Program launched last summer. The pilot issues invitations to qualified registrants in any immigration category who have valid job offers in the 32 key technology occupations.

Registrants who were issued an invitation have 30 calendar days from the day they received it to submit their application for provincial nomination. Applicants who are nominated by B.C. can then apply for permanent resident status.

The cut-off scores in the latest draws were:

  • Skills Immigration — Skilled Worker: 80
  • Skills Immigration — International Graduate: 75
  • Skills Immigration — Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 40
  • Express Entry BC — Skilled Worker: 80
  • Express Entry BC — International Graduate: 75

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, making an Invitation To Apply for Canadian permanent residence likely in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry people.

In order to be considered under the BC PNP, most candidates must have an indeterminate, full-time job offer from an employer in the province who is willing to support you through the application process.

Individuals must create a profile with BC PNP Online and complete all sections of the registration form. Applicants receive a score based on the information they supply and are entered in the selection pool for the immigration category they selected.

The BC PNP conducts periodic draws from the pool and issues invitations to apply for provincial nomination to the highest-scoring registrants from each category.

British Columbia had a 2017 allocation of 6,000 provincial nominations.

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Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker

The Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker category is for international skilled workers who have post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a professional, management, technical, trade or other skilled occupation. Candidates must be eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool. A successful application under this category results in the candidate receiving 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) and a subsequent ITA at the federal level.

To learn more about the Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker category, click here.

Express Entry BC – International Graduate

International graduates who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within the past two years may be eligible to apply under the Express Entry BC – International Graduate category. Interestingly, this category is open to eligible graduates who graduated from a university or college in any location in Canada; it is not restricted to graduates from BC universities and colleges. This category is also aligned with the federal Express Entry system.

To learn more about the Express Entry BC – International Graduate category, click here.

Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker

This base category is open to workers with post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a skilled occupation. A job offer is required.

To learn more about the Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker category, click here.

Skills Immigration – International Graduate

This category is for international students who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within two years of applying to the BC PNP. While applicants do not necessarily need prior work experience, applicants are required to obtain a job offer from a B.C. employer.

To learn more about the Skills Immigration – International Graduate category, click here.

Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

This category is open to candidates who may not be eligible for other Canadian immigration programs, as it allows certain non-skilled workers to apply for permanent residence. Candidates must work in an eligible occupation within the tourism/hospitality, long-haul trucking, or food processing industries, or in a NOC skill level C or D occupation in the Northeast Development Region of the province.

To learn more about the Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category, click here.