July 17, 2017 – The British Columbia immigration office has revealed it has been conducting specific B.C. PNP draws aimed at technology workers since May 2017.
In a revamped of the way it presents draw information, immigration officials reported six technology-only draws have taken place in 2017, with the invitations issued incorporated into regular draw announcements.
The tech-only draws took place on May 17, May 31, June 14, June 21, July 5 and July 12. The changes is evidence of how the province is positioning itself to benefit from technology workers looking for alternatives to the U.S. under Donald Trump’s presidency.
B.C. has one of Canada’s most technology-focused economies, spearheaded by Microsoft’s presence in Vancouver.
The latest B.C. PNP draw saw 323 invitations issued and included two of the six technology-only draws.
In a change from previous draw announcements, British Columbia immigration officials chose not to itemize the figures by category. This means exactly how many skilled workers and international graduates were invited is not known.
B.C. PNP Draw: June 27, 2017
|Date||Category||Minimum Score||Invitations Issued|
*includes tech-only draws July 5 and July 12, 2017
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||85||Total: 323|
|EEBC – International Graduate||80|
|SI – Skilled Worker||85|
|SI – International Graduate||80|
|SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled||55|
The previous BC PNP draw, on June 7, invited 346 candidates to apply through provincial programs and Canada Express Entry.
Of that total, 183 invites went to skilled workers, including 108 directly through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program, and 75 via the federal Express Entry system.
International graduates received 136 invitations, with 93 direct to the BC PNP and the remaining 43 through Express Entry.
The remaining 27 invites went to entry level and semi-skilled workers, consistently the lowest recipients of invitations in B.C.
BC PNP Draw: June 7, 2017
|Stream / Category||Minimum Score||Number of Invitations|
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||82||75|
|EEBC – International Graduate||77||43|
|SI – Skilled Worker||76||108|
|SI – International Graduate||72||93|
|SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled||50||27|
A coveted provincial nomination effectively guarantees selection under the Canada Express Entry System, worth 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. Canada has not seen a draw with a minimum points score above 500 in the whole of 2017.
The BC PNP publishes the scores immigrants need to guarantee an invitation for Canada immigration under its programs.
The score needed for an international graduate is 30 points below a skilled worker under both the Canada Express Entry and provincial stream.
For entry-level and semi-skilled workers, that score is lower again.
BC PNP: Scores Needed For Guaranteed Invitation
|Category||Guaranteed Registration Score|
|Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker||135|
|Express Entry BC – International Graduate||105|
|Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker||135|
|Skills Immigration – International Graduate||105|
|Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled||95|
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