The Canadian province of British Columbia issued invitations to immigration candidates on June 2. This was the largest British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) draw to be held since late March. The province did not stop the process of inviting new immigrants even after the imposition of the coronavirus travel restrictions. The draw on June 2 saw the province invite 38 entrepreneur candidates as well as 241 candidates belonging to the International Graduate and Skilled Worker categories.
B.C. issued invitations to candidates in its entrepreneurial streams for the first time in a while. The two draws marked the sixth and seventh entrepreneur draws organized by the province in 2020. 29 candidates in the BC PNP’s Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category were given invitations. The minimum score required was 121. The Base Category is focused on welcoming established entrepreneurs who want to start a new business or continue with an existing one. They are evaluated on the basis of net worth, education, business experience, business plan, and investments.
The province also distributed 9 invitations among candidates in the Entrepreneur Immigration-Regional Pilot, who had a minimum score of 118 points. This pilot helps immigrant entrepreneurs to start out on their own in the smaller communities. They are required to have a lower net worth and investment thresholds as compared to Base candidates.
Skilled Worker and International Graduate Streams
241 invitations were given to candidates belonging to the Skilled Worker and International Graduate streams under British Columbia’s Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC (EEBC) categories. The cut-off scores varied. Under the Express Entry BC subcategory, both International Graduate and Skilled Worker required a minimum score of 105. The three Skills Immigration subcategories, Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry Level & Semi-Skilled recorded cut-offs of 105, 105, and 81 respectively. If the candidates can successfully procure a provincial nomination from British Columbia, they will be able to secure 600 additional CRS points.