On September 13, 2022, the province of British Columbia held its latest Provincial Nominee Program draw. It sent out a total of 298 Invitations to Apply to the skilled worker applicants of the PNP program.
The ITAs made them eligible to apply for the provincial nomination of the province. This draw also marked the weekly batch of invitations from the BC PNP.
Out of the total 298 ITAs, 251 invitations belonged to the candidates from the Skilled Worker program, targeting the Tech category.
The minimum CRS score required for this draw was 78 points. While the other 27 invitations belonged to the Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants having a NOC Code 4214 and a minimum score of 60 CRS points. The maximum CRS score point of the latest draw was 120 points.
The rest 12 invitations were issued to target the healthcare category: skilled worker, international graduate, entry-level, semi-skilled (includes EEBC option), with a minimum score of 60.
The Skilled Worker, Entry Level, and Semi-Skilled categories targeted Healthcare workers with NOC 3413 and welcomed less than 5 immigrant applications with a minimum grade of 60.
Addressing other essential professions with NOCs 3114 and 3213, less than 5 invites were extended from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level, and Semi-Skilled (including EEBC option) categories.
Following labor market research that revealed that the main challenge confronting BC’s tech industry was exposure to talent, the BC PNP Tech was introduced in May 2017 as a pilot experiment. Due to the project’s effectiveness, BC made it a long-term initiative. When skilled personnel isn’t readily available locally, it’s intended to help firms in British Columbia’s technology sector continue to recruit and choose overseas talent.
For in-demand computer professionals and overseas students, the BC PNP Tech is a fast-track immigration programmed. To be eligible for the stream, applicants must be registered in one of the 29 qualifying occupations and hold a valid job offer that is valid for at least 12 months.
Unlike the other BC PNP streams, the BC PNP Tech requires work offers to be full-time, from qualifying employers in the province, for a least of one year, including at least 120 days left at the time of applying.
Weekly invitations through the province’s tech program are delivered to the top-scoring applicants who satisfy the prerequisites.
A comprehensive application must be submitted by candidates who have been invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Usually, tech applications will be approved in two to three months after this is finished.
Candidates who are accepted will be given nomination verification from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that they can utilize to apply for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program Class.
PNP applicants have a very excellent probability of earning an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence through the Express Entry procedure since they immediately receive 600 points for their Comprehensive Ranking System score.