British Columbia: As Canada updates its National Occupation Classification (NOC) system the first major NOC update since 2016, British Columbia will halt its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) program from Oct 12 to Nov 16, 2022, officials said.

BC generally invites candidates every week by PNP draws. Due to changes in NOC system in Canada, PNP system also requires to make some changes, aiming to ensure a smooth transition for eligible candidates.

The BC PNP has issued targeted invitations to apply to qualified registrants in tech, healthcare, childcare, and other priority occupations in the last draw invited on September 27.

With this, candidates who have applications for BC PNP in the pool after Oct 12 will be removed. They will have to resubmit their applications after the system re-opens again in November. However, if a candidate is invited before October 12, they will have 30 days to submit their application as per the criteria, officials said.

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