B.C. PNP issued 284 invitations and updated eligibility requirements for its Entrepreneur category
British Columbia issued 284 invitations to immigration candidates in its Express Entry and Skills Immigration Categories to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR as well as announced two important changes in its entrepreneur stream this week. A total of 585 invitations have been issued to candidates through British Columbia’s Express Entry and Skills Immigration categories so far in 2020.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program is a PNP which is under the control of the government of British Columbia. It has two primary categories – Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur immigration.
The Skills Immigration Category targets skilled and semi-skilled immigrants who can immediately contribute to the growth of its underdeveloped or developing sectors. To be considered for skilled and semi-skilled categories, the candidate must have registered profiles for BC PNP using Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
SIRS assesses the profiles and scores them based on factors like availability of job offer from British Columbia employer, location of job or living in the province, work experience, language skills, wage and more. In this latest B.C. draw, the minimum score requirements were between 85 and 110.
Changes in British Columbia’s Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category
On January 29, 2020, changes to the entrepreneur immigration base category of British Columbia came into effect; however, the changes would not affect those applications which are already in processing. A total of 25 entrepreneurs have invited by British Columbia so far in 2020. Of which, 18 invitations were through the Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category, and 7 invitations via Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot.
While, a total of 289 entrepreneurs were invited in 2019; of which, 232 invitations were through the Base Category and 57 invitations via the Regional Pilot.
New language requirement:
British Columbia introduced a minimum language requirement for its entrepreneur stream. Now, it is necessary to score a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 to qualify. The change in language criteria is to impact the integration of immigration candidates in the country.
“The level of language we are introducing is CLB level 4 and is quite basic, ensuring the ability to communicate basic needs, follow simple conversations or read simple instructions,” a B.C. government document said.
Key staff option withdrawn:
The second change includes the withdrawal of key staff option in the application of Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category of British Columbia. It means candidates now will not be able to recommend key staff in their applications. Before the introduction of the change, prospective entrepreneurs could propose key staff members, who had the required skills or experience for the establishment and growth of their proposed business.
However, a small per cent (4 %) of entrepreneur applications, received between July 2015 and November 2019, included key staff in their application, so the government removed this option.
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