On May 7, 2020, British Columbia (BC) helds another PNP draw under the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry (EE). A total of 237 candidates were chosen from the SI Skilled Worker, SI International Graduate, and SI Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories, plus candidates under the EE Skilled Worker and EE International Graduate program. During the March 30th draw, BC excluded several occupations due to the impact and changing labour market of COVID-19 on BC businesses. It is appears that upcoming draws will follow in the same way an exclude occupations as per business needs.
For this draw, 31 occupations were excluded from the selection process; however, three of the excluded occupations in the April 16th draw were removed (1123 – Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations; 1221 – Administrative Offiers; and 1241 – Administrative Assistants).
Invitations to Apply (ITA) were sent out under both the EE and SI stream. Minimum Registration Points were as follows: SI Skilled Worker – 102, SI International Graduate – 105, and SI Entry Level and SI Semi-Skilled – 83, EE Skilled Worker – 108 and EE International Graduate programs – 106.
This is the 7th all-program draw of 2020 and the 2nd to have excluded occupations. In order to qualify for the BC PNP SI and EE programs, candidates must have:
- Received and accepted an offer of full-time, permanent employment in BC at a competitive BC wage rate
- Candidates under the SI International Post-Graduate and EE International Post Graduate do not require a job offer
- Meet the qualifications of the occupation
- Adequate Language Abilities:
- NOC B, C, or D – CLB 4
- NOC 0 or A – Does not require language test unless specifically requested by BC PNP, or claiming language for points
- Under BC PNP’s SI streams, you must meet BC’s minimum income threshold. The SI International Post-Graduate stream is exempted from this requirement. See table
Candidates must complete an online profile with the BC PNP Online System. Top qualifying candidates are then chosen and receive ITA based on their registration score.
Many Provinces are severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; however, BC continues to welcome new immigrants and actually hold draws under the Tech Pilot Program every week.
If you are currently working and residing or studying in BC and wish to inquire about permanent residency in Canada, please contact us for additional information.