British Columbia Latest PNP Draw

British Columbia Extended 204 Invitations in the Latest PNP Draw

In the most recent British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) draw held on September 26, 2023, a total of 204 invitations were extended to eligible candidates seeking permanent residency (PR) in Canada. This draw featured a mix of targeted invitations, with a focus on specific occupations, as BC continues to welcome skilled individuals to contribute to its dynamic workforce.

Tech Occupations Take the Lead

A noteworthy highlight of this draw is the allocation of 127 invitations to candidates specializing in 35 different tech occupations. These invitations encompass individuals from various streams under the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry categories. It’s important to note that the cutoff score for this tech-targeted draw witnessed a slight increase of 2 points compared to the previous tech-only draw held on September 12, showcasing the competitive nature of the tech sector in BC.

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Early Childhood Educators and Assistants Find Opportunities

Furthermore, 49 invitations were extended to candidates with experience in early childhood education and assistance, categorized under National Occupational Classification (NOC) 42202. BC acknowledges the significance of nurturing its young population and, therefore, continues to prioritize professionals in this field to ensure the well-being and development of its children.

Healthcare Professionals Welcomed

The draw also included 28 invitations specifically directed towards individuals with profiles in 39 different healthcare-related occupations. The demand for skilled healthcare professionals remains substantial, and BC is actively seeking individuals who can contribute to the healthcare sector’s growth and efficiency.

Diverse Occupations Recognized

In addition to the above, a small number of invitations, less than 5, were allocated to other priority occupations falling under NOCs 31003 and 32104. BC values the diversity of skills and expertise that candidates from various fields bring to the province, and these targeted invitations reflect its commitment to embracing a wide spectrum of talents.

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Summary of the September 26 Draw

Tech Occupations

Streams: Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option)

Minimum Score: 90

Number of Invitations: 127

Childcare: Early Childhood Educators and Assistants (NOC 42202)

Minimum Score: 60

Number of Invitations: 49

Healthcare-Related Occupations

Minimum Score: 60

Number of Invitations: 28

Other Priority Occupations (NOCs 31003, 32104)

Minimum Score: 60

Number of Invitations: <5

Processing Time for BC PNP

For candidates invited through the Skills Immigration category, the processing time is estimated at approximately 3 months. This timeframe also applies to post-nomination requests.

It’s essential to note that processing timeframes are based on 80% of cases and commence once the BC PNP receives a candidate’s complete application after being selected in a draw.

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What’s Next for BC PNP Draws in 2023?

The next anticipated BC PNP Draw is scheduled for October 4, 2023. This upcoming draw is expected to encompass both general invitations and targeted invitations. The focus will be on welcoming candidates specializing in 39 healthcare occupations, early childhood educators, and other priority occupations categorized under NOCs 31103 and 32104.

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