British Columbia (BC) recently concluded its fourth Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on January 30, 2024. This draw, like its predecessors, aimed to invite skilled individuals to contribute to the province’s workforce. A total of 199 invitations were extended to candidates with valuable work experience in high-demand occupations.
Occupational Diversity in Invitations
The BC PNP draws targeted candidates with work expertise in a range of in-demand sectors. These included Childcare, Construction, Healthcare, Veterinary Care, and the Technology industry. The emphasis on diverse occupations highlights the province’s commitment to addressing the specific needs of various sectors in its workforce development strategy.
Cumulative Invitations in January 2024
This draw marked the fourth Skills Immigration draw held by BC in January alone. The cumulative result of these four draws is a notable 994 candidates who have received invitations this month. This consistent trend of high invitation numbers aligns with BC PNP’s proactive approach to talent acquisition. Notably, the province maintained a similar frequency of 4-5 draws per month throughout 2023, indicating a continued commitment to welcoming skilled individuals.
BC PNP Latest Draw: A Closer Look
The results of the latest draw were categorized based on different streams and occupations. Here is a breakdown:
Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option):
- Childcare: Minimum Score Required – 60; Number of Invitations Issued – 49
- Construction: Minimum Score Required – 75; Number of Invitations Issued – 29
- Healthcare: Minimum Score Required – 60; Number of Invitations Issued – 27
- Tech: Minimum Score Required – 103; Number of Invitations Issued – 89
- Veterinary Care: Minimum Score Required – 60; Number of Invitations Issued – <5
These details provide a transparent view of the eligibility criteria and the number of candidates invited from each sector.
Selection Factors in BC PNP Draws
Candidates invited under the BC PNP draw are assessed based on various selection factors. These factors include education level and field, eligible professional designations in BC, language proficiency, occupation, duration and skill level of work experience, wage and/or skill level of the job offer, intent to settle in a specific region, and alignment with strategic priorities addressing labor market needs and government initiatives.
Next Steps for Invited Candidates
If you have received an invitation to this draw, it is crucial to act promptly. Invited candidates have a 30-day window to submit a complete application through the BC PNP online portal, including all necessary supporting documents and processing fees.
Once your application is approved, you will receive a nomination package from BC PNP, which you can use to apply for a Canadian Permanent Resident (PR) visa through Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).