New report shows, British Columbia nominated 3,100 applicants for Express Entry in 2018

New report shows, British Columbia nominated 3,100 applicants for Express Entry in 2018

New report shows, British Columbia nominated 3,100 applicants for Express Entry in 2018.

Candidates with tech work offers accounted for nearly 1-in-5 nominations in the 2018. British Columbia Express Entry-linked immigration classes received 3,100 nominations for Canadian permanent residency in 2018, a fresh federal public study reveals.

Nearly 2,000 of these nominations came to the Express Entry B.C. applicants. (EEBC): Skilled Worker Category and another 936 came through the EEBC to global graduates of qualified post-secondary schools in British Columbia: International Graduate Category.

The 3,100 nominations given last year to Express Entry applicants through EEBC classifications represented an rise of 750 nominations over 2017, representing 48% of all nominations awarded last year by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP).

The Express Entry System is the main source of skilled overseas employees in Canada. Through specialized, “improved” nomination streams, Canadian provinces and territories participating in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) can nominate Express Entry applicants for Canadian permanent residence.

A nomination by means of Express Entry-aligned PNP stream outcomes in an extra 600 rating points and an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residency is efficiently guaranteed to the applicant.

The Government of Canada has a six-month handling requirement for apps filed through the Express Entry scheme for Canadian continuous residence.

The EEBC Stream of the BCPNP has four types of immigration linked to the Express Entry system:

EEBC: Skilled Worker

EEBC: International Graduate

EEBC: International Post-Graduate

EEBC: Healthcare Professional

Express Entry applicants must apply through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) of the BCPNP to be regarded for nomination through the EEBC Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories.

Registrations are awarded a rating depending on a multitude of factors and entered into the applicant pool and the highest ranked are given invites to apply for a provincial nomination through regular draws from the pool.

The 1,987 nominations issued through the EEBC: an increase of 806 over 2017 and 1,188 over 2016 was the skilled worker category.

Nominations also improved through to the EEBC: International Postgraduate and EEBC: Healthcare Professional groups, but reduced through the EEBC: International Graduate Category.

Nominations issued by EEBC category, 2016-2018

EEBC CATEGORY 2018 2017 2016
EEBC: Skilled Worker 1,987 1,181 799
EEBC: International Graduate 936 1,038 1,036
EEBC: International Post-Graduate 165 126 209
EEBC: Healthcare Professional 12 5 6

Skills Immigration nominations

Nominations were also up for skilled workers enrolled under the Skills Immigration (SI) program of the BCPNP, which is not compatible with the Express Entry scheme. The BC PNP has awarded 1,607 nominations to SI: Skilled Worker applicants in 2018, up from 1,218 in 2017.

Like the EEBC: Skilled Worker Category, all invitees are needed to have a B.C. qualified work offer. Employers, among other requirements.

Nominations in the SI were also up in 2018 over 2017: Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Category and the International Post-Graduate Category.

SI nominations: International graduates dropped from 1,334 in 2017 to 636.

Nominations issued by Skills Immigration (SI) category, 2016-2018

SI CATEGORY 2018 2017 2016
SI: Skilled Worker 1,607 1,218 1,232
SI: International Graduate 636 1,334 1,238
SI: International Post-Graduate 371 337 513
SI: Healthcare Professional 92 92 132
SI: Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 633 600 756

Tech Pilot nominations

The BCPNP said the percentage of nominations in technology employment went up from 17.2 the year before in 2018 to 19.7 percent of nominations. Nominees with a tech work offer (both SI and EEBC) totaled 1,141, while those in other occupations totaled 4,658.

The BC PNP’s Tech Pilot issues weekly invites to EEBC and SI applicants with an qualified B.C. Jobs offered in one of 29 tech-related roles, among other requirements.

Top source countries

Immigration applicants with Indian citizenship controlled Skills Immigration nominations given in 2018, though their percentage fell from 32 percent in 2017 to 29 percent in 2018. China’s citizens finished in second with 15 percent, a decrease of six percent from 2017.

In 2018, the proportion of nominations that went to citizens from Brazil, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States all experienced small increases.

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