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On June 2nd, the province of British Columbia held a draw in which it issued a total of 279 invitations to candidates through its Provincial Nominee Program; 38 of these invitations were issued to candidates under the Entrepreneur stream and another 241 through the Skilled Worker and International Graduates streams. This is the largest draw that has been held by the BC PNP since March. 

Express Entry BC (EEBC) & Skills Immigration Categories

British Columbia issued a total of 279 invitations, 241of which were issued to candidates who fall under the province’s Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration categories. These streams target workers or international graduates who possess skills that are in high demand within the province.  In order to qualify, candidates must already have an active profile under Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry system. 

Candidates who receive a provincial nomination earn an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points which virtually guarantees that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence under IRCC’s Express Entry system.

CRS Cut-Off Scores

Express Entry BC Categories:

  • Skilled Worker: 105

  • International Graduate: 105

Skills Immigration Categories: 

  • Skilled Worker: 105

  • International Graduate: 105

  • Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker: 105

Entrepreneur Immigration Categories:

  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Base: 121

  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot: 118

Entrepreneur Stream Categories:

BC issued 38 invitations through its Entrepreneur immigration stream. It targets experienced entrepreneurs who are looking to invest and manage a BC-based business.

29 of the invitations were issued through the Entrepreneur Immigration Base, to candidates looking to establish a new business or take over and grow an existing one. The CRS cut-off score for candidates in this category is 121 or higher. 

Another 9 invitations were issued through the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot to candidates looking to establish businesses in BC’s regional communities and to support their local economy. Candidates must also have a CRS cut-off score of 118 or higher. 

How to Apply to a PNP

Each of Canada’s provinces and territories operates its own unique Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) designed to meet its economic and demographic needs. Program requirements and application procedures vary greatly between provinces, so interested applicants should consult each of the provinces in order to determine their eligibility.

As with most economic immigration programs, young applicants who possess strong language skills, high levels of education, and skilled work experience are better suited to succeed. 


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