British Columbia Skills Immigration Express Entry

The province of British Columbia issued new invitations January 2 to Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates.

A total of 151 invitations were issued in this latest draw to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories of both the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams and Skills Immigration — Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates.

The minimum score was 85 for Skilled Worker candidates in both streams and 95 for International Graduate candidates.

The minimum score for Entry Level and Semi-Skilled candidates was 68.

Individuals interested in applying for immigration to Canada under the Skills Immigration or Express Entry streams must first create an online profile using the BC PNP's online registration system. Candidate profiles are assessed and assigned a score based on various factors, such as education, work experience and other factors.

Most immigration candidates must have an indeterminate, full-time job offer from an employer in the province in order to be eligible under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program's various streams, including the streams that were the focus of the January 2 draw. 

B.C.'s Express Entry Stream is linked to the federal Express Entry system, which manages the profiles of candidates for Canada's three main federal economic immigration categories: the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination from the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) are awarded an additional 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Candidates nominated through the BC PNP Skills Immigration Stream will have their applications for Canadian permanent residence processed by the Government of Canada outside the Express Entry system. 

Discover the eligibility criteria for the BC PNP immigration categories. 

The minimum scores for each category invited in the January 2 draw were as follows:

Date of draw BC PNP Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued

January 2, 2019

EEBC – Skilled Worker 85 151
EEBC – International Graduate 95
SI - Skilled Worker 85
SI – International Graduate 95
SI - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 68

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