British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program invited 87 immigration candidates in the latest Tech Pilot draw
The Province of British Columbia launched its latest Provincial Nominee Program inviting candidates from the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories.
British Columbia invited 87 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on February 23.
Invited candidates who were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories needed a minimum provincial score of 75, which is five points lower than the previous Tech Pilot-specific draws of 2021.
Tech Pilot candidates are invited to apply for a provincial nomination weekly. Invited candidates have 30 calendar days to apply for the nomination.
Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from B.C. will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.
Express Entry draws are typically held twice a month. Since the start of 2021, Canada has been holding draws that target only PNP candidates to apply for permanent residence. This trend originated after Canada went into lockdown in March 2020, and has continued in the new year. It is a way for the federal government to secure permanent residency for immigration candidates who are already in Canada, since PNP candidates likely already have ties to the province where they plan to move. Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is also holding Canadian Experience Class- only draws, since about 90 per cent of these candidates are living and working in Canada.
The latest Express Entry draw, held on February 13, resulted in 27,332 invitations to apply for permanent residence— the largest invitation round ever since the system’s launch in 2015. IRCC is aiming to admit 108,500 Express Entry candidates as permanent residents by the end of this year.
So far in 2021, B.C. has had seven draws through its various PNP categories and streams and invited 1,395 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.