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British Columbia held a draw through its Provincial Nominee Program on 2 February 2021

BC issued invitations to apply for a provincial nomination under the province’s Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration categories. A total of 208 Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates received invitations to apply.The minimum required score for candidates varied by category.

The cut-off scores for Express Entry BC subcategories were:

Skilled Worker: 104

International Graduate: 100

The cut-off scores for the three Skills Immigration subcategories were:

Skilled Worker: 98

International Graduate: 98

Entry Level and Semi-Skilled: 79

Once they receive their invitation to apply for a provincial nomination from B.C., successful candidates will earn an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points which will effectively guarantee that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence under IRCC’s Express Entry system.

The B.C. government indicated that there was an impact of the coronavirus on the draw. As has been the case in recent months, B.C. excluded several sales and service occupations from the draw.So far this year 740 invitations have been issued by the BC PNP.

B.C. also invited candidates to its entrepreneur stream for the first time in two months.A total of 8 invitations were issued under the BC PNP’s Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category in which the cut-off score was 122.

The purpose of the Base Category is to welcome established entrepreneurs who either wish to start a business or take over one. Candidates are assessed based on criteria such as their business experience, net worth, education, business plan, and the amount of investment they plan to make.

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