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British Columbia invited more than 155 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR on April 12

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invited around 155 immigration candidates through four targeted- draws on April 12.

The invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency (PR) were issued to candidates with experience in BC’s priority occupations – tech, healthcare, childcare, & others.

Distribution of invitations

Targeted Draw Immigration Category Number of Invitations Minimum Score
Tech Occupations Skilled Worker, International Graduate 124 87
Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 4214) Skilled Worker, International Graduate 24 70
Healthcare Occupations Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 7 70
Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213) Skilled Worker, International Graduate <5 70

In first BC Tech draw, a total of 124 tech candidates were invited through one of BC PNP’s Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories. These candidates needed a minimum provincial score of 87.

BC PNP also held three draws for candidates in targeted occupations. A total of 24 early childhood educators and assistants, and 7 healthcare professionals with minimum provincial score of 70, received invites in these draws.

The province also issued 5 invitations to veterinarians and animal health technologists and veterinary technicians. In order to be invited, these candidates were also required to have scores of at least 70.

The BC PNP

The BC PNP offers a fast-track pathway for high-demand skilled foreign workers to get a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency and immigrate to Canada.

The BC PNP has two immigration categories for the skilled workers – Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI).  The EEBC stream of BCPNP allows the province to search & invite qualified immigration candidates from the Federal Express Entry pool.

The Skills Immigration (SI) Category of BCPNP is designed for skilled and semi-skilled workers with the skills, experience, and qualifications needed by employers in British Columbia.

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Canada invited 787 Express Entry candidates with CRS score of at least 782

Express Entry Draw #219– April 13, 2022

Canada invited 787 Express Entry candidates with CRS score of at least 782 to apply for permanent residency (PR)

Canada invited another 787 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residency (PR) in new immigration draw held on April 13, 2022.

Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for PR were issued to candidates, who had previously received a nomination from an Express-Entry aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and had a  Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 782.

Express-Entry with a provincial nomination, get automatic 600 points added to their CRS score.  Therefore, the CRS score cut-off for PNP-specific Express Entry draws is usually quite high.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp used was April 07, 2022 at 16:31:21 UTC. This means the PNP candidates who had a CRS score of 782 or more and had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an invitation in this draw.

Express Entry System

Express Entry is a system adopted by Canadian Government to manage applications for Canadian permanent residence through three economic immigration programs – Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Trades.

The system boasts efficient processing time, with majority of applications being processed between six to eight months.

How does it work?

  • In brief, candidates are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by creating a profile in Express Entry portal summarizing their skills and credentials including age, education, language, work experience, and others.
  • Following submission, eligible candidates are entered into a pool of applicants, where Comprehensive Ranking System will be automatically applicable and applicants will be ranked on a scale of 1200 points.
  • The highly ranked candidates will then be invited to apply for permanent residency as a skilled immigrant through regular draws from the pool by IRCC.

Since September 2021, IRCC has only been inviting PNP candidates in Express Entry draws. A total of 7,257 PNP candidates have received invitations to apply so far in 2022.

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Ontario invited 773 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in new immigration draw conducted on February 22, 2022

The Canadian province of Ontario invited 773 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in new immigration draw conducted on February 22, 2022.

Invitations were issued to candidates under the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP) of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

Candidates were required to have at least one year of work experience in one of the 18 targeted occupations and a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 455 and 600 in order to receive an invitation in this draw.

Occupations included:

  • NOC 0114 – Other administrative services managers
  • NOC 0122 – Banking, credit and other investment managers
  • NOC 0124 – Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
  • NOC 0125 – Other business services managers
  • NOC 0211 – Engineering managers
  • NOC 0311 – Managers in health care
  • NOC 0601 – Corporate sales managers
  • NOC 0631 – Restaurant and food service managers
  • NOC 0711 – Construction managers
  • NOC 0731 – Managers in transportation
  • NOC 0911 – Manufacturing managers
  • NOC 1121 – Human resources professionals
  • NOC 1122 – Professional occupations in business management consulting
  • NOC 2161 – Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
  • NOC 3012 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • NOC 3211 – Medical laboratory technologists
  • NOC 3231 – Opticians
  • NOC 3233 – Licensed practical nurses

OINP also removed CRS cap in this draw as prior to this invitation round, candidates whose CRS scores were above the maximum range (600 points) would not be eligible to apply for the nomination.

Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program – the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) allows the province to select and nominate eligible foreign workers, international students and others with the required skills, experience and education for a nomination for permanent residence in Ontario.

Express Entry candidates, who received a provincial nomination from OINP or any other Express Entry aligned PNP, automatically get 600 additional points towards their overall CRS score. This almost confirms them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in Federal Express Entry Draws.

Candidates, who received an invitation in this immigration draw, now have 45 calendar days to submit their complete application for provincial nomination to OINP.

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EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #213: January 5, 2022

EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW #213: January 5, 2022

Canada invited 392 immigration candidates to apply for Permanent Residency in its first Express Entry draw of 2022 on January 5

Canada conducted its first Express Entry draw of 2022 on January 5.

A total of 392 Express Entry candidates, who previously obtained a nomination from an Express-entry aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian Permanent Residency in this draw.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cutoff for this draw was 808. Express Entry candidates, who received a provincial nomination, automatically get 600 additional points toward their overall CRS score.  This is the reason that CRS cut-off score for PNP-specific draws is usually high.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied the tie-breaking rule and the time-stamp used was March 04, 2021 at 16:57:50 UTC. This means the PNP candidates who had a CRS score of 808 or more and had submitted their Express Entry profile before this time and date, received an ITA in this round of invitations.

Canada Express Entry System

The Express Entry system is Canada’s primary source of skilled foreign workers. It manages the profiles of candidates under three Federal High Skilled economic class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSW), Federal Skilled Trades Class (FST) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

Eligible candidates enter the Express Entry pool, where they are issued a CRS score based on their age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.  A set number of highest-ranked candidates are then invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

Since September 2021, IRCC has only been holding PNP-specific draws as these candidates are highly likely to be in Canada already. Moreover, increasing backlog in applications is another major reason that IRCC is conducting only PNP-specific Express Entry draws.  The immigration department wants to cut Express Entry backlogs in at least half before resuming all-program Express Entry round of invitations.

In 2021, IRCC has invited more than 114,000 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency. Out of total ITAs issued, 14,778 have been rendered to PNP candidates while the remaining 99,654 ITAs went to CEC candidates.

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British Columbia invited 243 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency

The Canadian province of British Columbia invited a total of 243 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency in two immigration draws held on December 21, 2021.

Invitations were issued to candidates under the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories of Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams of British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

Distribution of invitations

In first draw, total 194 immigration candidates from SI and EEBC streams of BC PNP received invitations. The Minimum Score requirement for Express Entry – Skilled Worker candidates in this draw was 106.

Immigration CategoriesTotal invitations issuedSub-StreamsMinimum Score
The Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams194SI – Skilled Worker100
SI – International Graduate88
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled74
EEBC – Skilled Worker106
EEBC – International Graduate92

BC PNP also conducted a second separate draw targeting two in-demand occupations – Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers (NOC 0621) and Restaurant and Food Service Managers (NOC 0631). A total of 49 invitations were issued to these candidates with minimum provincial score requirement of 106.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) offers a fast-track pathway for high-demand skilled foreign workers to get a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residency and immigrate to British Columbia, Canada.

The Express Entry BC (EEBC) stream of BCPNP allows the province to search & invite qualified immigration candidates from the Federal Express Entry who have the qualifications, education and work experience.

The Skills Immigration (SI) Category of BCPNP is designed for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in British Columbia.

The province has now invited nearly 12,000 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination through various BC PNP streams so far this year.

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