On August 18, 2020, the province of British Columbia has “issued invitations to apply to qualified registrants in Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories” through the BC Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP]. Total 302 invitations issued in 5 categories.

A Tech Pilot draw, the previous PNP draw by British Columbia was held on August 11, 2020.

With the latest draw, British Columbia has invited nearly 6,000 immigration candidates – to apply for a provincial nomination by the province – so far this year.

The August 18 draw had invitations issued to 5 categories under the Skilled Immigration [SI] and Express Entry BC streams.

Overview of the August 18 BC PNP draw – Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC – 302 invitations sent

CategoryMinimum Score
EEBC – Skilled Worker96
EEBC – International Graduate98
SI – Skilled Worker96
SI – International Graduate98
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled76

As per the BC PNP, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on BC businesses, certain occupations were not included in the draw.

The National Occupational Classification [NOC] codes excluded from the August 18 BC PNP draw were – 0621, 0631, 0632, 0651, 3236, 6211, 6311, 6313, 6321, 6322, 6341, 6421, 6511, 6512, 6513, 6521, 6522, 6523, 6524, 6525, 6531, 6532, 6533, 6562, 6564, 6611, 6621, 6711, 6721, 6722, 6731.

While the BC PNP Express Entry category is for candidates that have their profiles in the federal Express Entry system, the Skills Immigration category is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in British Columbia.

British Columbia holds PNP draws periodically, inviting the “highest-scoring registrants in each category to apply” to the BC PNP.

Successful candidates will subsequently be nominated by British Columbia for applying to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] for Canadian permanent residence.