76 Invitations Issued In New BC PNP Tech Pilot Draw

A total of Seventy-six 76 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence was issued to Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration candidates.

Under these immigration streams, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) shared the invitations between the Skilled Workers and International Graduate categories.

A minimum provincial score of eighty (80) was required of candidates in all categories.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration route for in-demand highly skilled IT workers and international students. It operates via British Columbia’s existing provincial immigration streams.

In order to be considered for immigration to British Columbia through this stream, candidates need to have a valid job offer in one of twenty-nine (29) eligible occupations.

Eligible occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot program include civil engineers, web designers and developers, computer and information systems managers, translators as well as audio and video recording technician, among many others.

In contrast to other BC PNP streams that require a permanent job offer, Tech Pilot job offers must have at least a duration of one year.

However, job offers that are more than one year in duration will still be accepted under the pilot. It is also required that the job offer be full-time and from an eligible employer in British Columbia province.

Invitations through the province’s tech pilot streams are issued weekly to the top-scoring candidates who meet the eligibility criteria.

Immigration candidates who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination have thirty (30) days to lodge a complete application. Once this is complete, most tech applications will be processed within two to three months.

Those who wish to apply under the Express Entry BC (EEBC) or Skills Immigration (SI) categories must first create a valid profile via the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skill Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

The SIRS is a point system that allows the B.C immigration department to give priority to candidates who have the required skills to contribute to the economic growth of the province. Applicants are properly assessed and given a score based on factors such as work experience, proficiency in English, level of education, and location of employment.

Express Entry candidates who obtain a nomination from British Columbia province will be given an extra 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are practically assured an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.