British Columbia draws 2023

British Columbia held the first PNP draws of 2023

On January 4, 2023, British Columbia conducted the first PNP draws of 2023. The province issued 211 invitations through multiple streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The draws were split into two categories: general and targeted.

In the general draw, which included tech occupations, 163 invitations were issued through five BC PNP streams for skilled workers and international graduates. Moreover, minimum scores ranged from 82 to 105 points.

In the targeted draw, 48 invitations were issued to skilled workers and international graduates scoring at least 60 points. The draw targeted Early Childhood Educators, Assistants (under NOC 42202) and Healthcare candidates.

BC PNP Draws

To find out whether you received an ITA, please log into your BCPNP Online profile

Recent changes to the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) recently made a series of changes to the Skills Immigration registration scoring system. The changes include:

  • An update in the points structure to help regional employers retain people with experience working or studying outside of the Metro Vancouver Regional District.
  • The expansion of the eligibility for the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) to any skilled occupation in the regions.
  • Also, the expansion of the International Post-Graduate stream to include doctoral graduates and Ph.D. candidates in any field of study.
  • In addition, the university professors and lecturers (NOC 41200) working at B.C. public universities on limited-term contracts are now eligible for the Skilled Worker stream.
  • An increase in the maximum points for human capital factors: education, work experience and language proficiency.
  • The removal of some points for NOC skill level.

You can read more about these changes in the following article: Changes to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program’s Skills Immigration.

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