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Provincial Nominee Program: Outlook for fourth Week of February

In this week’s Provincial Nominee Program news, both B.C. and Saskatchewan held PNP draws and issued a combined total of 386 invitations. BC PNP held a Tech Pilot draw and invited 87 candidates while Saskatchewan invited 299 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. 


New Tech Pilot draw held in British Columbia

Candidates with scores of 75 or higher were eligible in latest BC PNP Tech Pilot draw. A total of 87 immigration candidates received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination.

British Columbia held its biweekly Tech Pilot draw on February 23 2021.

87 invitations were issued to qualified candidates through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

Candidates were selected under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories.

In order to be eligible for the draw, candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories, were required to have a minimum provincial score of 75. This is 5 points lower than the other Tech Pilot draws held in 2021.

The Tech Pilot program was launched in 2017 and was designed to attract individuals with the right skillset and work experience who can help contribute to B.C.’s economic growth.

Aside from meeting the required provincial score, candidates must have registered in one of the province’s provincial immigration streams and need to demonstrate they have a valid job offer of one year or more in one of the province’s 29 eligible tech occupations.

The selected candidates will now have 30 calendar days to submit their applications for the provincial nomination.

Successful Express Entry candidates will be awarded an additional 600 points on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score which will dramatically increase their chances of being selected during the next round of Express Entry draw held by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

IRCC held a historic Express Entry draw earlier in the month of February by issuing an astounding 27,332 invitations to apply to immigration candidates in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program. 

Given Canada’s ambitious immigration targets for 2021, now is an excellent time to explore the many immigration pathways and programs.

The next BC PNP Tech Pilot draw will likely be held on March 9 2021.


299 invitations issued by Saskatchewan in newest PNP draw

Latest Provincial Nominee Program draw in Saskatchewan brings up total number of invitations issued to date by the province to 1,727.

A new Provincial Nominee Program draw was held in Saskatchewan on February 25 2021.

A total of 299 immigration candidates from the International Skilled Worker category received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

In order to qualify for the draw and receive an invitation, candidates had to be eligible for the SINP’s Express Entry subcategory and were required to have an Expression of Interest (EOI) score of 70 or higher.

Even though the Express Entry sub-category is linked to Immigration, Refugee, Citizenship and Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool, candidates were still required to create an EOI profile for Saskatchewan for consideration.  

The applicants who successfully receive the provincial nomination, automatically receive an additional 600 points on their Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS).

Interested applicants were also required to demonstrate valid work experience in one of the province’s 70 in-demand occupations.

The list includes a wide range of varied occupations such as retail and wholesale buyers, medical administrative assistants, and geological engineers, just to name a few.

The Expression of Interest (EOI) system:

Individuals who are interested in settling in the province of Saskatchewan and the SINP need to create and submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) with the SINP. Once a profile is in the system, they are evaluated and given a score using the province’s Points Assessment Grid.

An applicant is given a score out of 100 and they are based on factors such as education, language proficiency, age, work experience etc.

For this round, SINP required candidates to have a score of 70 and more, this is two points lower than the PNP draw held on February 11 2021.

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