British Columbia has invited 598 new candidates to apply for immigration under several of its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) streams.
Candidates were invited in the following categories:
- Express Entry B.C.: Skilled Worker
- Express Entry B.C.: International Graduate
- Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker
- Skills Immigration: Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
B.C. issues invitations to apply throughout the year against an allocation of 5,800 set by the federal government.
The provincial government monitors its own processing capacity so as not to generate a backlog, as seen in other provinces such as Alberta.
New Invitations to Apply: Breakdown
|Stream||Minimum Score||Number of Invitations|
|Express Entry: Skilled Worker||95||198|
|Express Entry: International Graduate||90||222|
|Entry Level, Semi-Skilled||95||2|
B.C.’s 2016 plan is to accept a majority of candidates from the Skilled Worker stream (35 to 45 per cent). A sizeable proportion of immigrants will come through Express Entry (25 per cent); while between 15 and 20 per cent will be International Graduates.
The province’s government plans to make immigrants in the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category between 10 and 15 per cent of its intake, with the Entrepreneur stream taking between 2 and 5 per cent.
The province issues minimum scores that will guarantee a candidate an invite in the next round of invitations. However, the published scores are subject to change.
Scores Needed for Guaranteed Invitation
|Category||Guaranteed Registration Score|
|Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker||135|
|Skills Immigration – International Graduate||105|
|Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled||95|
|Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker||135|
|Express Entry BC – International Graduate||105|
B.C. Premier Christy Clark has led calls for the federal government to increase PNP caps, saying the current limits acted as a constraint to the growth of Western Canada.
The provincial premiers also released a joint statement in July, asking for the same immigration powers as Quebec.
“Canada’s Premiers call on the federal government to establish an equivalent agreement to the Canada-Quebec Accord with all provinces and territories,” read a statement from the Council of the Federation talks in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Quebec sets its own immigration quotas, currently at 50,000, but set to increase in the coming years.
B.C. businesses also recently called for increased skilled worker immigration as a way of boosting both the province’s economy and Canada’s economic performance as a whole.
The Business Council of British Columbia wants to see the following changes:
- Give more points under the Canadian Experience Class to international student graduates .
- Raise caps on Provincial Nominee Programs, from 47,800 to 80,000 by 2020.
- Introduce a skills visa aimed at technology talent.
Several of these areas are expected to be covered when the federal government announces changes to the immigration system during the fall.
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