On January 23, 2024, the Government of British Columbia opened fresh avenues for skilled immigrants through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP). In this latest round of invitations, candidates in healthcare, childcare, construction, and veterinary care occupations were extended invitations to apply, reflecting the province’s commitment to addressing specific labor needs.
Key Figures from the Draw
In the general draw, a total of 79 candidates received invitations, with a minimum required score of 98 points. The childcare-targeted draw, aimed at early childhood educators (NOC 42202), saw the issuance of 66 Invitations to Apply (ITAs). For the healthcare-targeted draw, 36 candidates scoring 60 points secured their invitations. Additionally, 34 invitations were granted to candidates in the construction sector.
A smaller yet significant number of up to five invitations were extended to candidates in veterinary care occupations. In aggregate, British Columbia issued a total of 220 ITAs during this draw, bringing the year’s cumulative invitations to 805 candidates.
2024 British Columbia PNP Draws: A Regular Feature
British Columbia consistently conducts draws to select high-scoring candidates under various categories of the BC PNP, allowing them to establish permanent residency. Successful candidates receiving provincial nominations can subsequently apply for Permanent Residency (PR) visas through the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
The Appeal of BC PNP in 2024
British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program stands out as an attractive option for skilled workers in 2024. The province offers an elevated standard of living and promising career growth prospects. Annually, up to 1,350 skilled workers are invited to British Columbia, reflecting the program’s significance in the Canadian immigration landscape.
Various Categories Under BC PNP
The BC PNP boasts multiple categories catering to individuals with diverse skill sets:
- Skilled Worker Category: Reserved for foreign workers with a valid job offer for skilled employment from an eligible employer, along with the requisite work experience.
- Health Care Professional Category: Targets candidates with an eligible job offer and substantial experience in healthcare professions, including nurses, physicians, psychiatric nurses, or related medical fields.
- International Post-Graduate, BC Degree Category: Designed for foreigners graduating with a master’s or doctorate from a recognized educational institution in British Columbia.
- International Graduate, Canadian Degree Category: Tailored for international students who have graduated from a recognized Canadian educational institution within the last two years.
- Entry-level and Semi-skilled Worker Category: Geared towards immigrants aspiring to work in specific semi-skilled or entry-level professions, including tourism/hospitality, food processing, and long-haul trucking.
The diversity of immigration sub-categories within BC PNP ensures that individuals with varying skill sets have avenues to pursue Canadian Permanent Residency.
Distinct Categories Under BC PNP
British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program operates through several distinct categories:
- Skills Immigration; Skilled Worker
- Skills Immigration; International Graduate
- Skills Immigration; Entry-level and Semi-Skilled
- Express Entry BC Skilled Worker
Express Entry BC: International Graduate
Moreover, two categories, HealthCare Professional and International Post-Graduate under Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams, do not necessitate an invitation to apply, providing additional options for qualified candidates. British Columbia’s recent invitation draws signify the province’s ongoing commitment to attracting skilled workers across various sectors, thereby contributing to its economic growth and diversity.
As the BC PNP continues to play a crucial role in shaping the immigration landscape, eligible candidates are encouraged to explore the diverse pathways it offers for a chance to call British Columbia their permanent home.