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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 9, 2023, the BC PNP conducted its second draw of the month and issued nearly 155 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to eligible candidates in the BC PNP pool. The draw was conducted under the BC PNP Skills Immigration category, which is designed to attract skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in British Columbia.

  • Draw Date: May 9, 2023
  • No. of invitations: ~ 155
  • BC PNP Stream: Skills Immigration
  • Minimum Score: Ranging from 60-90

CATEGORY 1: Targeted Draw (Tech)

Category 1: Targeted Draw (Tech)

The Tech stream invited 93 eligible candidates, including Skilled Workers and International Graduates (including the EEBC option), with a minimum score of 90.

CATEGORY 2: Targeted Draw (Childcare and Healthcare)

The Childcare stream invited 34 eligible candidates, specifically Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202), including Skilled Workers and International Graduates (including the EEBC option), with a minimum score of 60.

CATEGORY 2: Healthcare

Meanwhile, the Healthcare stream invited 23 eligible candidates, including Skilled Workers and International Graduates (including the EEBC option), with a minimum score of 60.

CATEGORY 4: Other Priority Occupations

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

Date Number of Invitations Stream Minimum Score Description
May 9, 2023 93 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 90 Targeted draw: Tech
May 9, 2023 34 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60 Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202)
May 9, 2023 23 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60 Targeted draw: Healthcare
May 9, 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 is designed to attract skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in British Columbia. To apply under this category, candidates must first create an online profile and register with the BC PNP. The British Columbia PNP uses a points-based system to rank candidates based on factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and adaptability. The highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residency in BC. Under the Skills Immigration Stream, the BC PNP offers several categories to applicants, including:

BC PNP Skilled Worker: The Skilled Worker sub-category is for individuals with post-secondary education or training and employment experience in a skilled occupation. Candidates must have a job offer from a BC employer to be eligible.

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

BC PNP International Post-Graduate: The International Post-Graduate sub-category is for graduates who have completed a Master’s or Doctoral degree in natural, applied, or health sciences from an eligible British Columbia institution.

BC PNP Semi-Skilled: The Semi-Skilled 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. Candidates must meet specific language and employment requirements to be eligible.

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What is Express Entry BC Stream?

Express Entry BC Stream is a collaborative effort between the province of British Columbia and the Canadian government’s Express Entry system. It provides an opportunity for skilled immigrants to secure permanent residency in Canada. The partnership enables British Columbia to identify eligible candidates from the Express Entry pool for its various streams. Successful applicants receive an additional 600 points to their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

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