A total of 647 candidates have been given an Invitation to Apply (ITA), to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), in the latest draw that was conducted on 27 September 2016. The province of British Columbia has continually risen as the leader in immigration in the country. A diverse mix of workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs will now be able to apply for a provincial nomination certificate with the BC PNP, and will then be in a position to apply to the federal government to obtain permanent residence status.
Many of the ITA’s were issued to candidates in programs under the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), and the rest of the ITAs were given to candidates in the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream pool. SIRS is a vital and effective management system that enables the province to prioritize candidates for provincial nomination. Based on the information candidates provide during registration, they are given a scoring rate and it is these scores that will determine whether a particular candidate will receive an ITA when the draw is being conducted.
A few other BC PNP categories that are processed under the SIRS, are associated with the federal Express Entry immigration system, while applications made under other categories are completely processed outside the Express Entry system, and they are commonly known as ‘base’ categories. On the other hand, those associated with the Express Entry system are known as ‘enhanced’ categories.
BC PNP September 27 Draw
The significance of the September draw lies in the fact that there was a substantial decrease in the minimum points requirement for every SIRS category, and the number of ITAs issued increased 477 (September 115 draw) to 647.However, the only category that had an increase in points requirements was the Entrepreneur Immigration Stream.
Express Entry BC - Skilled Worker
The Express Entry BC – The Skilled worker program Is a category for international skilled workers who have acquired at least post-secondary education or training, and employment experience in management, technical, trade and other skilled professional occupations. Successful applications under this category will mean the candidate will receive 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and an ITA at Federal level.
Express Entry – International Graduate
Applicants under the Express Entry – International Graduate must have graduated from a Canadian University or College in the last two years to be eligible. The international graduate must have graduated from any Canadian University across the country and is not only restricted to British Columbia Universities and Colleges.
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
This is a category that allows non-skilled workers to apply for permanent residence. Candidates are required to work in an eligible occupation within the tourism, long haul tracking or food processing industries.
This category provides the opportunity for experienced business people to set up their business in British Columbia and invest in the provincewhile contributing to the social economic standing of the province. Successful candidates will be given a work permit and if the business proves its viability and fulfills the requirements of the stream, candidates will then be allowed to apply for permanent residence status in British Columbia, Canada.