Invitations to apply

Periodically, we invite the highest scoring registrants in each category to apply to the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). We then nominate successful applicants to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence.

This page shows the number of invitations issued. Information about invitations to apply is posted shortly after the date they are issued. Please check back frequently for the most recent information. To find out whether you received an invitation to apply, please log into your BCPNP Online profile.  

Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC

Date Number of 
Category Minimum
Other Considerations

April 13, 2021

SI - Skilled Worker 95

NOC 0621 and 0631 draw conducted separately. See below.
SI - International Graduate 95
SI - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 79
EEBC - Skilled Worker 95
EEBC - International Graduate 95

April 13, 2021

SI - Skilled Worker 113

ITAs issued to NOCs 0621, 0631 only.

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SI - International Graduate 113
EEBC - Skilled Worker 113
EEBC - International Graduate 113

April 6, 2020

SI - Skilled Worker 80

Tech pilot draw
SI - International Graduate 80
EEBC - Skilled Worker 80
EEBC - International Graduate 80
2021 Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC draws to date

Entrepreneur Immigration

Date Stream Score Number of
April 13, 2021 Entrepreneur Immigration
- Base Category
126 6
April 13, 2021 Entrepreneur Immigration
- Regional Pilot
116 5
February 2, 2021 Entrepreneur Immigration
- Base Category
122 8
Previous draws

General information

The number and frequency of invitations to apply is based on annual nomination allocations from the Canadian federal government (IRCC), and our ability to process applications in a timely way. 

Under the BC PNP Tech Pilot, we issue weekly invitations to qualified registrants with valid job offers in the key technology occupations. The Tech Pilot draws refer to those invitations. If your occupation is not in the list of key technology occupations, you may still be eligible to apply. We will continue to conduct regular draws for qualified individuals across many different occupations, based on the annual allocation and the program’s processing capacity.

View the latest processing times.

Which categories require invitations?

We invite registrants in the following categories:

  • Skills Immigration — Skilled Worker
  • Skills Immigration — International Graduate
  • Skills Immigration — Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
  • Express Entry BC — Skilled Worker
  • Express Entry BC — International Graduate
  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category
  • Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot

HealthCare Professional and International Post-Graduate applicants under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams do not need an invitation to apply. Please apply directly via BCPNP Online.

How many nominations are available?

The number of nominations depends on various program and economic factors, including B.C.’s annual allocation,  the B.C. Labour Market Outlook: 2018 Edition, historic BC PNP nomination trends and existing application inventory levels. For 2019, B.C. nominated 6,550.

Program information

For complete program requirements, please refer to:

Note: This website provides a high-level overview of the program only. Please refer to the program guides for the most current and complete information. Check back often to ensure you have the latest version.

Need help registering and applying online?

Please refer to the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Technical Guide (PDF, 1MB).