Up to 230 ITAs go out in BCPNP draw under Skilled Worker, International Graduate, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled streams

British Columbia Issues 189 Canada Immigration Invitations In New PNP Draw
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Foreign nationals hoping to immigrate to the West Coast province of British Columbia saw it issue up to 230 Invitations to Apply (ITA) through its British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) Skilled Worker, International Graduate and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled streams on Tuesday.

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In the Aug. 22 draw, British Columbia immigration officials sent out 169 ITAs to Skilled Worker stream and Skilled Worker Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) option stream candidates with minimum scores of 106, International Graduate and International Graduate EEBC option stream candidates with scores of 109, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled stream candidates with minimum scores of 88.

Tuesday’s draw saw BCPNP issue ITAs under occupation-targeted and general draws

In three occupation-targeted draws on the same day, the province issued up to 61 ITAs to candidates through its Skilled Worker International Graduate, including the EEBC option.

Early childhood educators and assistants, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 42202, were sent 33 ITAs.

Healthcare workers with a minimum score of 60 were sent 23 ITAs.

And up to five ITAs were sent to attract veterinarians and their staff, animal health technologists and veterinary technicians, categorized under the NOC with the codes 31103 and 32104 respectively.

BCPNP Aug. 22 draw saw 230 invitations issued

Date Number of
Stream Minimum
August 22, 2023 169 Skilled Worker 106 General draw (includes tech occupations)
Skilled Worker – EEBC option 106
International Graduate 109
International Graduate – EEBC option 109
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 88
33 Skilled Worker, International Graduate (includes EEBC option) 60 Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators and assistants (NOC 42202)
23 60 Targeted draw: Healthcare
<5 60 Targeted draw:
Other priority occupations (NOCs 31103, 32104)

 The province started the month with draws on Aug. 1 that included a tech draw with 132 invitations issued under the Skilled Worker International Graduate stream. There were also 39 invitations to early childhood educators, 23 invitations to healthcare workers and up to five to veterinarians and their staff that same day.

A little over a week later, British Columbia issued another 139 invitations to skilled workers and international graduates, including those in tech occupations, in a general draw.

British Columbia is actively recruiting workers to resolve labour shortages

That Aug. 9 draw saw the province also issue 34 invitations to early childhood educators and 22 healthcare workers.

Then, on Aug. 15, the West Coast province issued 108 invitations with a minimum score of 88 to tech workers through the Skilled Worker International Graduate stream, 27 ITAs to early childhood educators and assistants with minimum scores of 60 and 19 healthcare workers, also with a minimum score of 60, and up to five ITAs for veterinarians and their staff.

The BCPNP is operated by the British Columbia government in partnership with the federal immigration department, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Interested candidates must follow a two-stage process: apply for nomination to the provincial government and then, if nominated, apply for permanent residence to the federal government.

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Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of immigration.ca featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.