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Express Entry candidates, skilled workers, and entrepreneurs invited in B.C.’s largest draw of the year


Jonathan Arias - 18 December, 2019

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British Columbia has issued invitations to qualified Express Entry candidates, skilled workers and entrepreneurs.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) sent out a grand total of 655 invitations on December 17— the largest amount in 2019.

Of these, the BC PNP distributed 623 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence to Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration candidates.

The Express Entry BC category is for candidates with a valid Express Entry profile in the federal pool of candidates. It is meant to streamline the immigration process for skilled workers that meet BC PNP criteria and who intend to settle in the province.

The Skills Immigration category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province of British Columbia.

Minimum score requirements ranged between 79 and 103 in both categories.

The remaining invitations went to candidates in two Entrepreneur Immigration categories; 24 for the Base Category and eight for the Regional Pilot.

Experienced entrepreneurs who want to establish a business in one of B.C.’s regional communities or who can actively manage and invest in a B.C. business may be eligible for one of these categories.

To qualify under Entrepreneur Immigration categories candidates must demonstrate business and management experience, have a net worth of at least $300,000 in the EI — Regional Pilot category and $600,000 in the EI — Base Category.

The minimum score for the Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category was 118, while the Regional Pilot required 112.

BC PNP categories are managed under B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

In order to apply through the SIRS, eligible candidates must first register an account, then they are assigned a score based on factors like education, work experience and language proficiency.

Use the CanadaVisa Skills Immigration Registration System Calculator to determine your potential score under the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

BC PNP Draw Results — December 18, 2019

DateCategoryMinimum Score RequiredNumber of ITAs Issued

December 18, 2019

EEBC – Skilled Worker100623
EEBC – International Graduate103
SI Skilled Worker92
SI – International Graduate99
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled79
December 18, 2019Entrepreneur Immigration - Base Category11224
December 18, 2019Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot1218

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