News

Check back often for the latest news about the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), including numbers of invitations issued, program changes, and more.

February 24, 2021

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

On February 23, 2021, the BC PNP issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         

February 16, 2021

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

Temporary suspensions for 31 occupations lifted

Effective February 16, 2021 the BC PNP resumed issuing invitations to apply (ITA) to the 31 occupations previously excluded from receiving invitations.
 
To balance the need across all sectors of the provincial labour market, a separate draw has been conducted for Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers (NOC 0621) and Restaurant and Food Service Managers (NOC 0631) as both occupations have a high number of registrants within the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System.
 
Those who receive an ITA must demonstrate that they have met, and continue to meet, all program and category requirements at the time of registration and application.
 
We will continue to monitor and adjust the program requirements as needed, ensuring that we do not lose sight of our long-term objectives and the role immigration plays to support quality economic growth throughout B.C.
 
For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          

February 9, 2021

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         

February 2, 2021

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC and Entrepreneur Immigration Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories, and to Entrepreneur Immigration Base registrants. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide and to the Entrepreneur Immigration Program Guides.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          

February 2, 2021

Temporary amendment to the in-class learning requirement for international students 

The BC PNP is temporarily amending the online learning requirement for the international student categories. This will allow learning to be online, with 50% of studies or more from within Canada. This is a temporary change in response to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We will continue to review this and other policies to determine if changes are appropriate.

For more information about this policy and other temporary measures introduced due to COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Updates page. You can also refer to the BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide - Addendum on the Documents page.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         

January 26, 2021

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         

January 20, 2021

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

On January 19, 2021, the BC PNP issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide

Review of 31 Occupations Excluded from Invitations to Apply

On March 30, 2020, the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) temporarily suspended issuing invitations to apply (ITA) for individuals in 31 tourism, hospitality, retail and personal services occupations. The temporary measure was in response to widespread unemployment in these sectors resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have received questions regarding the status of these exclusions given a previous posting that the suspensions would continue for the remainder of 2020.

A review of labour market information and other factors related to the excluded occupations is underway. We will post new information on this News page, together with links to other related resources.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         

January 13, 2021

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

On January 12, 2021, the BC PNP has issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants with job offers in the 29 key technology occupations of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         

January 5, 2021

Skills Immigration & Express Entry BC Invitations Issued

The BC PNP issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories. Please refer to the Invitations to Apply page for a full breakdown of minimum scores and total invitations issued. 

For more information on the invitation and application process, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide
                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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