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The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 397 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to registrants under its Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams in a draw that took place on September 5. 

During periodic draws, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issues invitations to apply to immigration candidates with the highest scores under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Candidates nominated under the Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC: International Graduate categories will be awarded an additional 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, leaving them well-positioned to receive a federal Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a later Express Entry draw.

BC PNP Skills Immigration Stream candidates who are nominated will have their Canadian permanent residence applications processed by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) separate from the Express Entry system

In most cases, candidates applying for immigration under the BC PNP require an indeterminate, full-time job offer from an employer in the province. However, candidates with job offers in one of the 29 occupations under the BC PNP Tech Pilot are required to have a job offer that lasts for at least one year (365 days) among other requirements. 

Once an online profile is completed through BC's SIRS, candidates are assigned a score based on various factors, such as education and work experience. 

Use the CanadaVisa Skills Immigration Registration System Calculator to determine your prospective score under the BC PNP Skills Immigration system.

For more information on the eligibility criteria for the BC PNP’s various categories, please visit our dedicated BC PNP page.

The minimum scores for each category in the September 5 draw were as follows:

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

September 5, 2018

EEBC – Skilled Worker 84 397
EEBC – International Graduate 91
SI - Skilled Worker 82
SI – International Graduate 91
SI - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65

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