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October 11, 2022

PNP Draws in British Columbia To Be Paused

Until the new NOC system is set in November, the BC PNP will temporarily cease draws.

British Columbia will pause draws in the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) between October 12 and November 16, 2022. While this is uncommon in some provinces, British Columbia generally carries PNP draws weekly.

As Canada revamps its National Occupation Classification (NOC) system, the first significant NOC update since 2016, Provincial Nominee Programs throughout Canada could require changes to ensure a straightforward candidate transition.

BC PNP candidates with applications in the pool after October 12 will be taken off and must resubmit their application when the system re-opens in November. If a candidate is invited on or before October 12, they will have 30 days for submission, which will be assessed using NOC 2016 (the current) criteria. The BC government states that the application processing times are expected to remain within the service standard of 3 months for 80% of applications.

However, there are some exceptions to the halt. The province will persist in issuing ITAs under the Entrepreneur Immigration program, and candidates applying via the Health Authority, International Post-Graduate categories can continue with application submissions until November 13, 2022.

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