B.C. PNP invites 383 candidates in two draws and temporarily pauses entrepreneur applications
British Columbia (B.C.) issued a total of 383 invitations to immigration candidates in two (2) Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws on July 20.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (B.C. PNP) invited candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry B.C. (EEBC) streams in both draws.
The first draw invited 323 candidates from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of the SI and EEBC. To receive an invitation, candidates were required to meet various minimum provincial scores, according to their sub-category, see below for a breakdown of the invitations.
SI: Skilled Worker – minimum provincial score of 91.
SI: International Graduate – minimum provincial score of 82.
SI: Entry Level and Semi-Skilled – minimum provincial score of 75.
EEBC: Skilled Worker – minimum provincial score of 90.
EEBC: International Graduate – minimum provincial score of 81.
The second draw targeted immigration candidates with work experience in two (2) National Occupational Codes (NOCs): 0621 and 0631. The B.C. PNP issued 60 invitations to candidates with minimum scores of 107, regardless of the sub-category. In this draw, candidates were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate sub-categories of the SI and EEBC.
B.C. also announced on July 19 that they are temporarily pausing new registrations under the Entrepreneur Immigration stream. The pause only affects registration under the Base Category. The Regional pilot, Strategic Projects, and all Skills Immigration categories are still open.
The pause is to provide B.C. PNP the chance to assess whether the program is meeting B.C.’s needs. Those who have already submitted an application or registered for the Base Category will not be affected by this suspension.