British Columbia invited new candidates through the BCPNP streams

British Columbia invited new candidates through the BCPNP streams

British Columbia invited new candidates through the BCPNP streams
On May 14, 2024, the Government of British Columbia held new invitation draws under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) and issued invitations to apply to skilled candidates in the general draw and to candidates with work experience in healthcare, childcare, veterinary care and construction occupations. In the general draw, the province invited 37 candidates, each with a minimum score of 107 points. BC also issued nine ITAs to candidates who scored 90 points under the childcare-targeted draw for early childhood educators (NOC 42202). In the Healthcare-targeted draw, British Columbia invited 17 candidates with a minimum score of 100 points. The province also issued nine invitations to candidates working in the construction sector and up to five invitations to candidates working in veterinary care occupations. In total, British Columbia issued up to 77 ITAs in this draw. This year, British Columbia has already invited up to 3,097 candidates.

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International students in Canada struggle to meet labour market demands
Canada’s international student intake does not align with labour market needs, with most focusing on business-related programs. Only a small percentage pursue health sciences, medicine, or trade and vocational programs. This mismatch is blamed on a lack of oversight and contributes to negative economic outcomes. Experts argue that immigration policies focus more on immigrant outcomes and long-term market needs. The Federal Government aims to reduce the number of new study permits, considering only a specific number of study permit applications in 2024 due to concerns about the integrity of the international student system.

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The BCPNP invited business candidates through the Entrepreneur Stream
On May 14, 2024, British Columbia held new draws for business candidates under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP). BCPNP invited five candidates in the Base Category of the Entrepreneur Stream, which is designed for experienced business people who want to start a new business or buy an existing business in British Columbia. The lowest score of this round was 116 points, one more than in the previous draw. In addition, the province invited up to five candidates in the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot category with a minimum score of 113. The maximum points in the Entrepreneur Stream grid are 200. To be eligible under the EI Regional Pilot, qualified entrepreneurs must be referred by a participating community. Last year, British Columbia invited up to 89 entrepreneurs under the BCPNP. In 2024, the province has invited up to 30 business candidates through the Entrepreneur draws.

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ESDC published new LMIA processing times
On May 14, 2024, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) updated the processing times for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications under various streams. Based on statistics from all processing centres, this update provides a view of the current average LMIA processing times. It’s important to note that the processing times have increased for the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and Permanent residence Stream and decreased for the High-wage and Low-wage Streams.
Global Talent Stream – 7 business days
Agricultural stream – 13 business days
Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program – 10 business days (+3 days)
Permanent residence Stream – 80 business days (+1 day)
High-wage Stream – 43 business days (-8 days)
Low-wage Stream – 46 business days (-9 days)

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