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British Columbia Immigration Invites Entrepreneur Candidates

The latest British Columbia immigration draw saw 9 candidates invited to apply under the province’s Entrepreneur Immigration stream.

Candidates required a minimum score of 120 to qualify for an ITA for the draw, which took place on August 31, 2017.


British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration: August 31, 2017 Draw

Date Category Minimum Score Invites Issued
31-Aug-17 Entrepreneur Immigration 120 9

Source: www.welcomebc.ca

The latest allocation saw a drop in numbers when compared to the previous business draw on August 2, 2017, when 13 invites were issued and a minimum score of 123 required.


British Columbia Entrepreneur Immigration: August 2, 2017 Draw

Date Category Minimum Score Invites Issued
02-Aug-17 Entrepreneur Immigration 123 13

Source: www.welcomebc.ca


Requirements: Entrepreneur Category

British Columbia Immigration Invites Entrepreneur CandidatesBusiness 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 saw continued low scores but fewer invitations to apply.

The draw, also on August 31, 2017, saw 372 candidates invited to apply for British Columbia immigration through provincial programs and Canada Express Entry.

The minimum score for skilled workers was 74 points, with 69 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 September 6, 2017.


B.C. PNP General Draw: August 31, 2017

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
31-Aug-17

*includes tech-only draw September 6, 2017

EEBC – Skilled Worker 74 Total: 372
EEBC – International Graduate 69
SI – Skilled Worker 74
SI – International Graduate 69
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. Canada has not seen a draw with a minimum points score above 500 in the whole of 2017.

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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