Due to a large volume of pending applications, effective immediately, the Alberta Immigration Nominee Program (AINP) will not accept applications until January 27, 2016, and the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) will not accept applications for a majority of the Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Columbia categories until early 2016. Pending applications will continue to be assessed.
The BC PNP will only accept applications under the Health Care Professional category and the Northeast Pilot Project. The Skills Immigration and Express Entry British Colombia categories are expected to reopen in early 2016 with a new points-based system to ensure high-impact applicants are prioritized and occupations and skills are aligned with labor market needs.
What This Means for Foreign Nationals
Until these programs reopen, foreign nationals with pending applications under these categories should see reduced wait times and other program improvements.