During the week of May 9th, only one province held PNP draws. B.C. held its bi-weekly Tech draw and held additional draws for specific occupations.
Four targeted PNP draws held in British Columbia
Graduates, entrepreneurs and workers among those invited by province in draw
A new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw was held in B.C on May 10, 2022.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held four draws and issued a total of 160 invitations to immigration candidates.
The bulk of the invitations, 126 of them, went to candidates in the skilled workers and international graduates stream through a Tech draw. In order to qualify for the draw, candidates had to have a minimum provincial score of 85.
Every two weeks, B.C. holds a Tech draw. This pathway is to fast-track immigration to Canada for candidates who have tech experience in one of the province’s 29 eligible tech occupations. For this stream candidates have to be registered in an immigration stream and have a job offer in hand that is valid for at least a year.
Two additional draws were held targeting candidates in health occupations. Specifically, 20 healthcare professionals were selected from the Skilled Worker, International Graduate, or the Entry Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories. Less than five orderlies, patient service associates and nurse aides who had a provincial score of 62 were also invited.
Early childhood educators made up another draw, with a total of 20 candidates receiving invitations. They also needed a score of 62 to qualify.
Finally, since March, B.C. has been issuing targeted invitations to candidates who support the provincial government’s priorities like increasing regional immigration or filling job vacancies in a particular industry etc.
As such, the BC PNP issued invitations to less than five Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) candidates under the EI-Regional Pilot category.
To date, since the beginning of this year, B.C. has issued over 3,200 invitations to candidates through its weekly PNP draws.