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British Columbia to Pause Draws for its Provincial Nominee Program for a Month

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program will take a month’s break between Oct. 12 and Nov. 16, 2022. Usually, the province holds PNP draws once every week. It is not uncommon for provinces to pause the PNP draws.

A major NOC update is on the anvil as Canada prepares to revise the National Occupation Classification. It will be the first update since Canada updated the NOC system in 2016. The upcoming update will facilitate smoother immigration for applicants.

Provincial Nominee Candidates having their applications in the BC PNP pool after Oct 12, should resubmit after the reopening of the BC PNP draws in November 2022. Candidates who received invitations on 12 Oct or before have 30 days to apply. Evaluation of their applications will be as per the existing NOC criteria (NOC 2016). For 80 percent of applicants, the processing period will be as per the current norms of three months.

As an exception, British Columbia will continue issuing invitations to Apply to applicants of the Entrepreneur Immigration Program and those applying under Health Authority. Candidates under the International Post-graduate categories should continue submission of applications till Nov. 13.

Canada’s economic class programs, such as Provincial Nominee Programs and those under Express Entry, target specific occupations of skilled workers to boost Canada’s workforce. 

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) system evaluates aspiring immigrants desiring to migrate to Canada as skilled workers in the Economic Class categories.

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