British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program held a new skills immigration draw on March 1, 2023, issuing 274 Invitations to Apply (ITAs).
The recent BC PNP draw for skills immigration stream focused on General and Targeted categories. The General Draw comprised tech occupations. The Targeted Draw invited applicants from Healthcare, Childhood Educators, and Assistants (NOC 42202).
BC PNP General draw
The General Draw of BC PNP skills immigration stream invited 229 candidates. The minimum scores were:
- Skilled workers – 100
- International graduates – 105
- Entry-level and Semi-skilled – 85
BC PNP Targeted draw
The targeted draw invited 26 candidates in Childcare. The minimum score for selection was 60.
A total of 19 candidates having a minimum score of 60 from the Healthcare categories received ITAs.
PNPs – the mainstay of Canada’s immigration system
Provincial Nominee Programs are the main drivers of Canadian immigration. Canada expects to welcome over 330,000 new permanent residents through several provincial immigration programs between 2023 and 2025. PNPs enable different provinces and territories in Canada to nominate candidates for permanent residence to boost the provincial economy, job market, and demographics. British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program is among Canada’s most competitive programs requiring candidates to highlight their qualifications, such as education and skills. Meeting all eligibility criteria and creating a strong profile is crucial to receive an Invitation to Apply.