British Columbia invites 168 candidates to apply for provincial nomination over two Tech Pilot draws

British Columbia held two Tech Pilot draws this month, inviting a total of 168 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The first British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) draw took place on February 4. A total of 85 invitations were issued to tech workers in the Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC categories.

The second Tech Pilot draw was held on February 11. There were 83 invitations issued to immigration candidates.

In both draws, all candidates needed a minimum provincial score of 90.

The Tech Pilot is B.C.’s fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers and international students.

In order to be eligible for this program, candidates need a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of 29 eligible occupations.

Candidates who are applying for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants are evaluated and given a score based on their level of education, work experience, English proficiency, and location of employment.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

 

BC PNP Draw Results

Date Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
February 11, 2020 EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 83
EEBC – International Graduate 90
SI – Skilled Worker 90
SI – Skilled Worker 90
Date Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
February 4, 2020 EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 85
EEBC – International Graduate 90
SI – Skilled Worker 90
SI – Skilled Worker 90

Latest Express Entry draw issues 3,500 invitations to apply for permanent residence

A total of 3,500 Express Entry candidates received invitations to apply on February 5.

Candidates in the federal Express Entry pool needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 472 in order to qualify.

Minimum CRS score decreases in latest Express Entry draw

The Government of Canada issued 3,200 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to Express Entry candidates in a draw held December 19. 

The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in this latest invitation round was 469, a decrease of three points over the previous draw held December 11.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for three of Canada’s main skilled labour immigration categories — the Federal Skilled Worker ClassFederal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates are ranked in the pool based on a score awarded under the CRS that considers factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

A job offer is not required in order to be eligible for an Express Entry invitation to apply (ITA), though additional CRS points are awarded if a candidate has one.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool. These invitation rounds typically take place every two weeks and the vast majority involve candidates from all three Express Entry-managed categories.

The minimum CRS score is determined by factors including the number of candidates in the Express Entry pool, the time between draws and the number of ITAs issued.

Shorter interval between draws

The lower cut-off score in today’s draw may be attributed to the fact only eight days elapsed between invitation rounds.

When draws are held at shorter intervals, fewer new candidates with higher scores have time to enter the pool and that can have the effect of lowering the minimum required score.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) applied a tie-break time and date of November 14, 2019, at 08:41:33 UTC in this draw. This means that all candidates with a score of 469 who submitted their profile before this date and time received an ITA.

IRCC has now issued 85,300 ITAs in 2019. This is 4,500 ITAs short of the 89,800 that were issued in 2018, which stands as the most ITAs issued in a single year through the Express Entry system.

Under Canada’s multi-year immigration levels plan, the coming year will see the target for new permanent resident admissions through the three Express Entry-managed immigration programs rise to 85,800, up from 81,400 this year.

The admissions target for Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, is also set to increase from 61,000 to 67,800 in 2020, a portion of which is managed by the Express Entry system.

Nine Canadian provinces and two territories have what are known as “enhanced” PNP streams that are linked to the Express Entry system.

These streams allow them to select Express Entry candidates and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence and many have lower or even no CRS score requirements.

Express Entry candidates who obtain a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score and are effectively guaranteed an ITA.

“The lower minimum score in today’s draw is what usually happens when IRCC holds draws in quick succession,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm.

“With Canada’s larger targets for 2020 and 2021, there’s always the chance of larger draws and possibly even quicker draws — and that would be great news for Express Entry candidates with lower CRS score.”

Who’s invited?

The following are hypothetical examples of candidates who would have obtained an ITA in today’s draw:

Bartek and Yakira are 32 and 33-years-old, respectively. They both hold a master’s degree and they both took the General Training IELTS test and have Advanced English proficiency in all four categories. Bartek has been working for four years as a data scientist outside of Canada. Bartek entered the Entry pool as the principal applicant, and his CRS score of 469 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA in today’s draw.

Denis is 29 and holds a master’s degree. He has been working for four years as a business analyst outside of Canada. He took the CELPIP and has Initial Advanced English proficiency in all four categories. While Denis has never worked or studied in Canada, his CRS of 469 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA during the December 19 draw.

John is 30 and holds a bachelor’s degree. He has been working for three years as an administrative coordinator outside of Canada. He took the TEF Canada exam and obtained 275 in Reading, 400 in writing and speaking as well as 330 in Listening. He also took a General Training IELTS exam and obtained 3.5 in Reading and 5.0 in Listening, Writing, and Speaking. John also has a sibling who is a citizen living in Ottawa. His CRS score of 469 would have been sufficient to obtain an ITA in today’s draw.

Canada issues 3,200 invitations to Express Entry candidates

Canada has sent out another 3,200 invitations to apply for permanent residence to Express Entry candidates.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held the latest selection round on December 12.

Invitations were sent to those in the Express Entry pool with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of at least 472.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of eligible candidates for Canada’s three main Economic-Class pathways to permanent residence: Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.

Candidates are awarded a score under the CRS based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.

The highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

Express Entry Draws: 2019

Draw # Minimum CRS Score Required Date of Draw # of ITAs Issued
132 472 December 11, 2019 3,200
131 471 November 27, 2019 3,600
130 472 November 13, 2019 3,600
129 475 October 30, 2019 3,900
128 357 (*Federal Skilled Trades candidates only) October 16, 2019 500
127 464 October 2, 2019 3,900
126 462 September 18, 2019 3,600
125 463 September 4, 2019 3,600
124 457 August 20, 2019 3,600
123 466 August 12, 2019 3,600
122 459 July 24, 2019 3,600
121 460 July 10, 2019 3,600
120 462 June 26, 2019 3,350
119 465 June 12, 2019 3,350
118 470 May 29, 2019 3,350
117 332 (*Federal Skilled Trades candidates only) May 15, 2019 500
116 450 May 1, 2019 3,350
115 451 April 17, 2019 3,350
114 451 April 3, 2019 3,350
113 452 March 20, 2019 3,350
112 454 March 6, 2019 3,350
111 457 February 20, 2019 3,350
110 438 January 30, 2019 3,350
109 443 January 23, 2019 3,900
108 449 January 10, 2019 3,900

Latest BC PNP Tech Pilot draw issues 53 invitations

British Columbia held its second Tech Pilot draw this month on December 10.

A total of 53 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence went out to Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration candidates. Under these streams, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) divided the invitations between the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories.

A minimum provincial score of 90 was required of candidates in all categories.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand IT workers and international students. It operates through B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams.

In order to be considered for immigration to B.C. through this program, candidates need to have a valid job offer of a least one year in length in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.

Those who wish to apply under the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Applicants are evaluated and issued a score based on factors such as level of education, work experience, proficiency in English and location of employment.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal draw.

BC PNP Draw Results — December 10, 2019

Date Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued
December 10, 2019 EEBC – Skilled Worker 90 53
EEBC – International Graduate 90
SI – Skilled Worker 90
SI – International Graduate 90