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British Columbia Has Immigration Allocation Increased, With More Candidates Issued Invitations in May 12 Draw


The Canadian province of British Columbia (B.C.) has seen a slight increase in the overall annual nomination allocation for its British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP), with the figure rising from 5,800 from an initial allocation of 5,500 for 2016.

Earlier this year, the government of B.C. asked the federal government for a significant boost in the number of immigrants who can come to the province through the BCPNP. Though this modest increase is not as large as what was sought, it nonetheless makes the BCPNP the largest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in Canada (by annual allocation), surpassing both the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) and the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), both of which published total allocation numbers of 5,500 in press releases this month.

It has been a busy few months for the BCPNP. In January, B.C. launched a dynamic intake management system that allows the province to prioritize candidates for provincial nomination. The Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) is a points-based system whereby candidates receive a score based on the information they provide upon registration. This score will determine whether a candidate receives an Invitation to Apply for nomination from BCPNP through the Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. streams.

In July of last year, a mandatory online registration system was introduced for all prospective applicants to the BCPNP Entrepreneur Immigration stream. A maximum of 200 registrations may be accepted per month, and the BC PNP will periodically invite the highest-scoring registrants to submit applications.

Together, these recent changes mean that most BCPNP streams operate on an Expression of Interest (EOI) / Invitation to Apply (ITA) basis. Some categories, however, remain first-come, first-served. Candidates interested in and eligible under the following categories do not need to register an EOI and may proceed directly to the application via BCPNP Online:

  • Skills Immigration – Health Care Professional
  • Skills Immigration – International Post-Graduate
  • Express Entry B.C. – Health Care Professionals
  • Express Entry BC – International Post-Graduate

The following categories operate under the SIRS, and candidates who meet a minimum score threshold are guaranteed to receive an ITA. It should be noted, however, that a candidate may still be issued an ITA even if he or she does not meet the minimum score required to be guaranteed an ITA.

Category Minimum score for guaranteed ITA
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 135
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 105
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 95
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker 135
Express Entry BC – International Graduate 105

The most recent round of invitations (also known as a ‘draw’) occurred on May 12, 2016, with a total of 381 ITAs issued across four categories. This is by far the largest total number of ITAs issued in any round of invitations so far.

BCPNP Invitations to Apply

Date Issued Stream/Category Minimum Score Number of Invitations Total Invitations
May 12, 2016 Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker 120 104  



Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 120 48
Express Entry BC – International Graduate 105 199
Express Entry BC –  Skilled Worker 135 30
April 8, 2016 Skills Immigration –
Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
95 37  


Skills Immigration – Northeast Pilot Project 95 4
March 31, 2016 Entrepreneur Immigration 127 17 17
March 11, 2016 Express Entry BC –  Skilled Worker 135 58 74


Skills Immigration  – Skilled Worker 135 16
March 4, 2016 Entrepreneur Immigration 130 17 17
January 29, 2016 Entrepreneur Immigration 130 17 17
December 21, 2015 Entrepreneur Immigration 128 17 17
November 9, 2015 Entrepreneur Immigration 134 18 18


  1. Paramjit Singh says:

    Very Informative.

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