British Columbia opened the draw for Permanent Residency twice this week. With this, there was certainly an upturn in the number of applications who received an Invitation to Apply for Canada Permanent Residency. Both the draws aimed at a similar purpose, i.e to invite a large number of candidates who qualify for any one of the federal Express Entry and the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program, and are able enough to meet the threshold of CRS set for Canada immigration.
In the most recent draw conducted on February 23, 2017, for British Columbia, about 343 ITA’s were issued to candidates to immigrate to Canada through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. Similarly, within this week earlier, a draw was conducted on February 17, 2017, wherein 459 applicants were invited for a Canadian Permanent Residency.
As of the news, most of the candidates who received an ITA during the recent draw were international graduates who completed their study in Canada and applied for Canada immigration under the Skills Immigration- International Graduate Scheme. Applicants do not require a work experience to apply under this program but need a job offer from a Canadian employer to get accepted for PR. The draw of February 17th had a wider mix of skilled workers, graduates, semi-skilled streams and entry level applicants.