British Columbia Immigration Ends NOC Exclusions, Issues 494 Invites In Two Draws

Last Updated on February 17, 2021

British Columbia immigration lifted its exclusion of 31 National Occupational Classification codes as it conducted two draws, issuing invitations to 494 candidates.

Since March 2020, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has excluded 31 occupations from weekly draws due to the coronavirus crisis.

For the first time in nearly a year, those occupations were included in the general draw on February 16.

At the same time, B.C. also took the unusual step of conducting a second draw targeting two NOC codes: 0621 for Retail and Wholesale Trade Managers and 0631 for Restaurant and Food Service Managers.

“Both occupations have a high number of registrants within the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System,” said a B.C. PNP statement.

In the general draw, the province issued 459 invitations across five streams, with minimum scores ranging from 85 to 104.

In the NOC-specific draw, 35 invites were issued through four streams, all featuring a minimum score of 120.

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Latest General B.C. Immigration Draw

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
16-Feb-21 SI – Skilled Worker 98 Total: 459
  SI – International Graduate 94
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 85
  EEBC – Skilled Worker 104
  EEBC – International Graduate 94


B.C. Draw Targeting NOCs 0621, 0631

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
16-Feb-21 SI – Skilled Worker 120 Total: 35
  SI – International Graduate 120
  EEBC – Skilled Worker 120
  EEBC – International Graduate 120


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