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The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) that enables provinces to select candidates who have the potential to contribute to the province’s economic development.

On May 23, 2023, the BC PNP held its fourth draw of the month and issued approximately 145 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to eligible candidates in the BC PNP pool. The draw focused on the BC PNP Skills Immigration, which aims to attract skilled and semi-skilled workers in occupations that are in high demand in British Columbia.

  • Draw Date: May 23, 2023
  • No. of invitations: ~ 145
  • BC PNP Stream: Skills Immigration
  • Minimum Score: Ranging from 60-90

In the latest BC PNP Draw conducted by British Columbia, several categories were targeted to invite eligible candidates.

Category 1: Tech Stream

The BC PNP Tech stream invited 103 eligible candidates, including Skilled Workers and International Graduates (including the EEBC option), with a minimum score of 90.

Category 2: Childcare and Healthcare

Under this category, the Childcare stream invited 20 eligible candidates who are Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202). The invitation was also extended to Skilled Workers and International Graduates (including the EEBC option), with a minimum score of 60.

Additionally, the Healthcare stream invited 17 eligible candidates, including Skilled Workers and International Graduates (including the EEBC option), with a minimum score of 60.

Category 3: Other Priority Occupations

Candidates with priority occupations under NOCs 31103 and 32104 were also included in the draw. Less than 5 Skilled Workers and International Graduates (including the EEBC option) were invited, with a minimum score of 60.

These targeted draws aimed to select candidates in high-demand sectors such as technology, childcare, healthcare, and other priority occupations, reflecting the BC PNP’s focus on attracting individuals who can contribute to the economic development of British Columbia.

Date Number of Invitations Stream Minimum Score Description
May 23, 2023 103 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 90 Targeted draw: Tech
May 23, 2023 20 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60 Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202)
May 23, 2023 17 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60 Targeted draw: Healthcare
May 23, 2023 <5 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60 Targeted draw:
Other priority occupations (NOCs 31103, 32104)
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BC PNP Skills Immigration Categories

The BC PNP Skills Immigration category attracts skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in British Columbia. Candidates need to create an online profile and register with the BC PNP. The program ranks candidates based on factors like age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and adaptability. The highest-ranked candidates receive invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residency in BC. The Skills Immigration Stream offers various categories, including those for skilled workers, healthcare professionals, international graduates, and semi-skilled workers.

BC PNP Skilled Worker: This sub-category is for individuals with post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a skilled occupation. A job offer from a BC employer is required.

BC PNP Health Authority:  The Health Authority sub-category is designed for physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, and allied health professionals with job offers in eligible healthcare occupations in British Columbia.

BC PNP International Graduate: This sub-category is for individuals who have graduated from a Canadian university or college within the past three years. A job offer from a BC employer in a skilled occupation related to their field of study is required.

BC PNP International Post-Graduate: Graduates who have completed a Master’s or Doctoral degree in natural, applied, or health sciences from an eligible British Columbia institution can apply under this sub-category.

BC PNP Semi-Skilled: This sub-category is for individuals who have received a job offer from a BC employer in an eligible occupation within tourism, hospitality, food processing, or long-haul trucking. Specific language and employment requirements must be met.

BC PNP and Express Entry: How to Combine the Two Programs

What is Express Entry BC Stream?

The Express Entry BC Stream under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) collaborates with the federal government’s Express Entry system. It offers numerous benefits to skilled immigrants seeking permanent residency in Canada.

Through this category, eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool can receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. This substantial increase significantly improves their chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residency.

Opting for the Express Entry BC category streamlines the application process, resulting in faster processing times. Candidates can leverage their provincial nomination to expedite their permanent residency application.

By choosing British Columbia, candidates gain access to diverse job opportunities and a thriving economy. The province offers a robust job market in sectors like technology, healthcare, and natural resources, enabling candidates to secure employment in high-demand fields.

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If you are interested in the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) and need assistance, you can seek advice from Team ELAAR’s experienced immigration consultants. Mr. Keshav Sharma, a Licensed Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), can provide guidance on all BC PNP programs.

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