The week of November 15th, 2021 saw two provinces holding Provincial Nominee Program draws. British Columbia and Saskatchewan both held draws and invited a combined total of 720 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. The selected candidates are now one step closer to receiving their PR.
New tech draw held in British Columbia
Over 10,500 invitations have been issued by the province through weekly PNP draws since January 2021
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held a new tech draw on November 16, 2021 and issued invitations to 87 eligible candidates from tech industry.
In order to qualify for the draw, candidates were required to meet the requirements of B.C.’s Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC categories.
Applicants who are interested in the stream must complete and submit their profile on the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Each applicant’s profile is evaluated and points are awarded based on human capital factors such as an applicant’s age, their level of education, their language proficiency and work experience.
Candidates must also have a job offer in one of the province’s 29 eligible tech occupations. The job offer has to be for a full-time position, be valid for a period of at least one year and has to have at least 120 days remaining on it from the time of application.
For this draw, candidates were required to meet a minimum provincial score of 75.
Candidates who received an invitation will need to submit their completed application within thirty calendar days.
Since the start of this year, B.C. has invited 10,500 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
Saskatchewan holds its largest PNP draw of 2021
Province’s PNP pathways offers two main categories for permanent residency
Saskatchewan’s latest Provincial Nominee Program draw was held on November 18, 2021 and it was the largest draw to be held by the province in 2021.
A total of 633 immigration candidates received invitations from the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program(SINP).
This draw followed a two-month period when Saskatchewan didn’t hold any draws at all, which could explain the large number of invitations issued.
Out of the 633 invitations, 425 went to candidates in SINP’s Express Entry subcategory with the remainder going to those in the Occupations In-Demand sub-category. This is a base PNP so even candidates without an Express Entry profile are eligible for the draw. They are also not required to have a job offer in hand from the province when applying.
In order to qualify for the draw, candidates had to have a minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score of 65 on Saskatchewan’s EOI ranking system.
Candidates who successfully receive their nomination from the province will be given an additional 600 points on their existing Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) score. This is a near guarantee that they will receive an invitation from IRCC during a round of invitations.
They will likely be eligible for IRCC’s draws in the early months of 2022.