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British Columbia Conducts First Entrepreneur Draw of 2018

British Columbia immigration officials issued invitations to apply to 15 candidates under the latest draw for the province’s Entrepreneur Immigration stream.

British Columbia Invites Entrepreneurs to Apply for Business Immigration Stream

Candidates required a minimum score of 115 to qualify for an ITA through the draw, which took place on January 17, 2018.

British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration: January 17, 2018 Draw

Date Category Minimum Score Invites Issued
17-Jan-17 Entrepreneur Immigration 115 15

Source: https://welcomebc.ca


In the previous B.C. business draw on November 29, 2017, 11 invites were issued and a minimum score of 115 required.


British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration: November 29, 2017 Draw

Date Category Minimum Score Invites Issued
29-Nov-17 Entrepreneur Immigration 115 11

Source: https://welcomebc.ca


Requirements: Entrepreneur Category

Business candidates in this British Columbia immigration category must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Demonstrate a personal net worth of at least $800,000;
  • Make a personal investment of at least $400 000 to establish or purchase and expand an eligible business in B.C.;
  • Create at least three jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents;
  • Participate in the day-to-day management and direction or the business;
  • Sign a performance agreement with B.C. prior to nomination;
  • Candidates in the Entrepreneur category can sponsor a key staff member for Canadian permanent residence.

Requirements: Regional Entrepreneur Category

Business candidates in this category must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Demonstrate a personal net worth of at least $400,000;
  • Make a personal investment of at least $200,000 to establish or purchase and expand an eligible business in B.C. outside the Vancouver metropolitan area and the Abbotsford metropolitan area;
  • Create at least one new job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Participate in the day-to-day management and direction or the business;
  • Sign a performance agreement with B.C. prior to nomination.

Meanwhile, the latest general draw conducted by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program took place on January 17, 2018.

The draw saw 403 candidates invited to apply for British Columbia immigration through provincial programs and Canada Express Entry.

The minimum score for skilled workers was 75 points, with 70 points required by international graduates and 40 for entry level and semi-skilled workers.

The invitation numbers included a technology-only draw that took place on January 24, 2018.


B.C. PNP Draw: January 17, 2018

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
17-Jan-18 (includes tech-only draw on January 24) EEBC – Skilled Worker 75 Total: 403
EEBC – International Graduate 70
SI – Skilled Worker 75
SI – International Graduate 70
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 40

Source: www.welcomebc.ca


A coveted provincial nomination effectively guarantees selection under the Canada Express Entry System, worth 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

The BC PNP publishes the scores immigrants need to guarantee an invitation for Canada immigration under its programs.

The score needed for an international graduate is 30 points below a skilled worker under both the Canada Express Entry and provincial stream.

For entry-level and semi-skilled workers, that score is lower again.


BC PNP: Scores Needed For Guaranteed Invitation

Category Guaranteed Registration Score
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker 135
Express Entry BC – International Graduate 105
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 135
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 105
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 95

Source: www.welcomebc.ca


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