B.C. invites 168 immigration candidates in first PNP draw of 2021
B.C. invited 168 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on January 5, 2021.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued invitations through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.
Candidates were invited under the following sub-categories: Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled.
Below is a more detailed breakdown of the sub-categories included in the draw and the minimum scores required in order to receive an invitation :
- Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker: 95
- Skills Immigration: International Graduate: 95
- Skills Immigration Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled: 77
- Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker: 99
- Express Entry BC: International Graduate: 99
Nova Scotia invites Express Entry candidates in first draw of the year
Nova Scotia invited immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence through its Labour Market Priorities stream on January 19.
The Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP) did not disclose how many invitations were issued in the draw.
The stream is linked with Express Entry. This means that those who received invitations must have a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system. The NSNP is able to select eligible candidates from the Express Entry Entry pool who meet provincial labour market needs.
In this draw, candidates must have a primary occupation as a financial officer – National Occupation Classification (NOC) code 1114. In previous draws, the stream has targeted programmers and media developers, automotive industry workers as well as nurses.
In order to receive an invitation, candidates must have received a Letter of Interest from the NSNP through Express Entry. Invited candidates must have also met the minimum work experience requirement for the Express Entry stream they are qualified for, and must have enough money to establish themselves in Nova Scotia, and pay the required fees.
Alberta holds first draw since June 2020
Alberta invited eligible candidates with Express Entry profiles to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in the province’s latest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on January 8.
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) issued 50 invitations to candidates who may be eligible through the Alberta Express Entry Stream.
Invited candidates must have a valid Express Entry profile with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) requirement of at least 406.
Express Entry is the system that the federal Canadian government uses to manage permanent residence applications for the three federal immigration streams:
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP); and
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
In order to be in the Express Entry pool, candidates need to qualify for one of these immigration streams. They are assessed based on multiple factors such as their age, education, work experience and language ability and are ranked according to the CRS.
British Columbia issues 195 invitations in new PNP draw
British Columbia invited 195 immigration candidates through a provincial nominee program draw held on January 19, 2021.
The new invitations went to candidates from the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams, specifically the Skilled Worker, International Graduate as well as the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled categories.
The minimum scores for this draw ranged between 80 and 106 points.
The EEBC category is for candidates with a valid profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system, which is Canada’s main pathway for skilled immigrants who are hoping to obtain Canadian permanent residence.
The SI category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province of B.C.
Canada kicked off the new year issuing invitations to Express Entry candidates who have provincial nominations on January 6.
Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited candidates who had a minimum score of 813.
Candidates who have received nominations from an Express Entry-aligned Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) automatically get 600 points added to their overall score, which is why the score requirement is relatively high compared to other rounds of invitation.
The 250 invited candidates can now officially apply to become Canadian permanent residents