A new draw by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program held May 7 issued 187 invitations to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence to immigration candidates in five Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. categories.

An unspecified number of Skills Immigration candidates in the Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories received invitations. An undisclosed number of candidates in the Express Entry B.C. (EEBC) Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories were also invited.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) also invited 20 entrepreneur candidates to apply through the Base Category of its Entrepreneur Stream.

The EEBC categories are open to immigration candidates with a profile in the federal Express Entry system, which manages the pool of candidates for Canada's Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class economic immigration categories.

Express Entry candidates approved for a nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Skills Immigration candidates who receive a nomination will have their Canadian permanent residence applications processed outside the federal Express Entry system.

Foreign nationals who would like to be considered through either the Skills Immigration or EEBC streams have to first register an online profile with the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) register through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

SIRS is a points-based system used by the BC PNP to evaluate candidates based on factors like education, work experience and proficiency in English or French.

An indeterminate, full-time job offer with an employer in B.C. is a key eligibility factor for most Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC immigration categories.

Use the CanadaVisa Skills Immigration Registration System Calculator to find out your potential SIRS score.

The following are the minimum scores of BC PNP candidates invited April 9:

Date: May 7, 2019
Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
EEBC – Skilled Worker 105

187

EEBC – International Graduate 105
SI - Skilled Worker 95
SI – International Graduate 105
SI - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 75
Entrepreneur 109 20

Find out if you are eligible for one of the BC PNP immigration categories