Canadian Immigration
April 11, 2018

Canadian Immigration: The Latest Invitations Issued Under BC PNP

British Columbia is not just a breathtaking place in Canada, but also one of the largest provinces in the country, taking up around 10% of its total land surface. Home to lush green forests and enchanting mountain tops, British Columbia has national parks and other protected areas which attract millions of visitors every year.

On the economic front, the province’s stability relies majorly on its mining and forestry. British Columbia prides itself on being the second largest producer of natural gas in the country, while possessing Canada’s third largest hydroelectric power scheme.

Apart from tourism and these two industries, it is also the lifestyle and the fact that BC is a melting pot of many religions and ethnicities, that makes it attract such a multitude of people from various countries and all walks of life.

Now, there are various ways for one to relocate to the province of British Columbia; but one of the most straightforward, simple, and therefore, most favored way is through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.

The latest draw for the program, that was held on 21st March, issued as many as 146 invitations through its Entrepreneur, Express Entry, and Skills Immigration categories. The invitations were sent to graduates, entrepreneurs, and skilled workers, who are interested in getting a Canadian PR, so that they could apply for a provincial nomination.

For the categories, namely Skilled Worker, and International Graduate – both under the Express Entry BC – a successful nomination would mean a direct addition of 600 points under the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System), as well as an ITA (Invitation to Apply) at the later held federal Express Entry draw.

If an applicant is invited through any of the categories under Skills Immigration, then their permanent residence application would have to be processed outside of the Express Entry system, as and when they’ve been successfully nominated.

This table shows the minimum scores for the draw, as they were for each category:

CategoryMinimum Score RequiredNumber of ITAs issued
EEBC – Skilled Worker105146
EEBC – International Graduate105146
SI – Skilled Worker100146
SI – International Graduate100146
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled60146


The important thing for people who look forward to migrating to Canada via the BC PNP, is to create themselves an online profile under the program, while filling every section of the registration form. This profile will then be assessed, after which, every applicant will receive a score based on various factors, such as their educational qualification, work experience, and so on.
Some important things to note, are:

  • An applicant would do good to have a full-time job offer from an employer based out of British Columbia; this will increase their chance of getting eligibility for most of the BC PNP managed categories.
  • An Invitation to Apply for the BC PNP is not at all same as the ITA issued at the federal level.

If you want to know more about the eligibility criteria and the whole process that goes into BC PNP, get in touch with us today.

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