An analysis of the trend in SIRS scores for the BC PNP program

On May 3, 2022, British Columbia released two separate BC PNP draws, namely, general and targeted. We have summarized some of the key findings regarding the trends in SIRS scores in different categories under the BC PNP program.

On May 3, 2022, the Provincial Nominee Program for British Columbia released two separate draws: general and targeted. In order to cater to the needs of British Columbia’s care economy, BC PNP underwent drastic changes on March 10, 2022. These changes are effective immediately, as reflected in the targeted draw issued by BC PNP. There is a strong focus on childcare, health care, and specific occupations as necessary for a flourishing care economy in British Columbia. 

For more information about recent changes to the BC PNP, please see: British Columbia Announces Changes to BC PNP to Support BC’s Care Economy.

Total Number of Invitation issued under the BCPNP since 2022

Compared to the last three draws of April, the BC PNP draw on May 3 has a significant increase in the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs). The draw on January 25 still had the highest ITAs of all the draws released in 2022, which invited a total of 289 candidates.

In this draw, 182 ITAs were issued, bringing the total number of ITAs in 2022 to 3,093.

Listed below are the results for the BC PNP general and targeted draws in 2022. Below, you will find the scores that were released for each BC PNP category: Skilled Worker, Graduate International, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled, EEBC – Graduate International, and EEBC – Skilled Worker.

British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) uses Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) to prioritize candidates for provincial nomination.

A candidate’s score is determined by the information provided by them at the time of registration as it is a points-based system. Depending on a candidate’s registration score, he or she may receive an invitation to apply under one of the categories of BC PNP, which are managed by the system.

Based on the results of the draws conducted by BCPNP in 2022, we analyzed the trends for the SIRS scores.

An analysis of the trends in the SIRS score for the skilled worker category for the year 2022 - General Draw
An analysis of the trends in the SIRS score for the Skilled Immigration - International Graduate category for the year 2022 - General Draw
An analysis of the trends in the SIRS score for the Skilled Immigration - Entry level and Semi-Skilled category for the year 2022 - General Draw
An analysis of the trends in the SIRS score for the Express Entry BC - Skilled Worker category for the year 2022 - General Draw
An analysis of the trends in the SIRS score for the Express Entry BC - International Graduate category for the year 2022 - General Draw
The SIRS scores are declining in some categories under the BC Provincial Nominee Program for the General draw, which is encouraging. SIRS scores decreased in the following categories compared to previous draws:
Skilled Immigration – Skilled Worker
Skilled Immigration – International Graduate
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
Express Entry BC – International Graduate
 
There was no change in the minimum SIRS score for Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 
An analysis of the trends in the SIRS score for Childcare, Healthcare and other priority occupations for the year 2022

We are also seeing a decline in the SIRS score for childcare, healthcare, and other priority occupations. 

An analysis of the trends in the SIRS score for the BCPNP Tech for the year 2022

The targeted draw for Tech is the most widely used targeted draw in the BC PNP. The score for the draw released on April 12 increased by two points compared to the last draw. A decrease in the most recent draw conducted on April 26 brought back the SIRS score to a minimum of 85.

An analysis of the trends in the SIRS score for NOCs 0621 and 0631 for the year 2022

Meanwhile, scores for Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers (NOC 0621) and Restaurant and Food Service Managers (NOC 0631) are increasing steadily. Following the changes to BC PNP that were made to support British Columbia’s care economy, there hasn’t been another targeted draw for these NOC codes in the past few months. The last draw that was conducted on March 8, 2022 had a minimum score of 128 under all the four categories. 

An analysis of the trends in the SIRS score for NOC 3413 (Healthcare Assistant) for the year 2022

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) was redesigned to support the care economy, which resulted in more healthcare and childcare invitations. In the first three draws of April, the scores were each 70; however, on the last draw of the month, they decreased to 65. The scores remained unchanged in the latest draw on May 3.

BC PNP General Draw

One of the two BC PNP draws released on May 3rd, 2022 is BC PNP Draw in general.

British Columbia issued 141 invitations for general draw including tech occupations under the categories Skilled Worker, Skilled Worker – EEBC, International Graduate, International Graduate – EEBC, and Entry Level and Semi-skilled . The minimum score varies depending on the category.

  • Skilled Worker – minimum score of 109
  • Skilled Worker – EEBC – minimum score of 123
  • International Graduate – minimum score of 97
  • International Graduate – EEBC – minimum score of 107
  • Entry Level and Semi-skilled – minimum score of 77

BC PNP Targeted Draw

Additionally, BC PNP invited candidates on May 3, 2022 in a BC PNP Targeted Draw.

Targeted draw: Childcare: Early childhood educators (NOC 4214)

To support the care economy of British Columbia, the province issued 28 invitations for early childhood educators under the categories Skilled Worker and International Graduate, including EEBC option. The minimum score is 65.

Here is the childcare occupation with the NOC code that was targeted in this BC PNP Draw:

  • 4214   Early Childhood Educators

Targeted Draw: Healthcare

Meanwhile, the province also released 9 invitations for healthcare workers under the categories Skilled Worker, International Graduatesand Entry Level and Semi-skilled, including EEBC option. The minimum score is 65.

Here is the list of healthcare occupations with NOC codes that were targeted in the BC PNP Draw:

  • 0311   Managers in healthcare
  • 3011   Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
  • 3012   Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • 3111   Specialist physicians
  • 3112   General practitioners and family physicians
  • 3113   Dentists
  • 3122   Chiropractors
  • 3124   Allied primary health practitioners
  • 3125   Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  • 3131   Pharmacists
  • 3132   Dietitians and nutritionists
  • 3141   Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • 3142   Physiotherapists
  • 3143   Occupational therapists
  • 3144   Other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 3211   Medical laboratory technologists
  • 3212   Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants
  • 3214   Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • 3215   Medical radiation technologists
  • 3216   Medical sonographers
  • 3217   Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.
  • 3219   Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  • 3221   Denturists
  • 3222   Dental hygienists and dental therapists
  • 3223   Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
  • 3232   Practitioners of natural healing
  • 3233   Licensed practical nurses
  • 3234   Paramedical occupations
  • 3237   Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • 3411   Dental assistants
  • 3413   Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates*
  • 4151   Psychologists
  • 4152   Social workers
  • 4153   Family, marriage and other related counsellors
  • 4212   Social and community service workers

Targeted draw: Other priority occupations (NOCs 3114, 3213)

To further support the province’s care economy, British Columbia decided to also prioritize other occupations. British Columbia issued <5 invitations for other eligible occupations under the categories Skilled Worker and International Graduate, including EEBC option. The minimum score is 65.

Here are the other eligible occupations with the NOC code that was targeted in this BC PNP Draw:

  • 3114 Veterinarians
  • 3213 Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians

Did you get invited in the BC PNP Draws on May 3rd?

You can log into your BC PNP Online Profile to check if you received an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Your next step is to prepare your BC PNP application within 30 calendar days from the date of invitation via the BC PNP online system. If you do not submit a complete application within 30 days, your invitation will be cancelled. You will be required to submit BC PNP fees as well. Please note that you must submit a complete application so that you do not lose the invitation, and any fees paid as well.

Need help with your BC PNP application? Give us a call at +1 604 484 9474 or book a consultation to get started with the process. We will help you with an assessment of your profile to determine eligibility under various BC PNP categories, and draft a strategy for your immigration to Canada. We also provide full representation services for preparing your BC PNP application.

Disclaimer

Please note that none of the information on this website should be construed as being legal advice. As well, you should not rely on any of the information contained in this website when determining whether and how to apply to a given program.
Canadian immigration law is constantly changing, and the information above may be outdated.
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