British Columbia’s new tech pilot draw issued 92 invitations to candidates through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams on Dec. 15.
The EEBC stream is for immigration candidates with a valid profile in the federal Express Entry system, which is Canada’s main immigration pathway for skilled immigrants who are hoping to get Canadian permanent residence.
The SI stream is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in British Columbia province.
Both streams allow interest candidates to apply in various categories.
Candidates selected in today’s draw all required a minimum provincial score of eighty (80) and were from the following categories:
- SI – Skilled Workers
- SI – International Graduate
- EEBC – Skilled Workers
- EEBC – International Graduate
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot was introduced in 2017 to assist Canadian employers in attracting potential immigrants and talent in the Information Technology (IT) sector and to help fast track the immigration process for and international students and foreign tech workers.
The BC PNP sends weekly Tech Pilot invitations to qualified candidates with a valid one-year job offer in one of the program’s specified twenty-nine (29) occupations. The employment offer must also have a minimum of 120 days remaining at the time of application.
Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be granted an extra 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are practically assure an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a subsequent federal draw.
In order to be considered for this new tech pilot draw to British Columbia through the Skilled Worker and International Graduate class, candidates must first create a valid profile through the BC PNP online portal and register under the B.C’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Most Recent BC PNP Tech Pilot Draws
British Columbia province has so far conducted twenty-seven (27) tech-only draws in 2020 via its BC PNP, with the most recent draw, before today’s’ draw taking place on December 1, 2020.
Aside from tech pilot draws, the province also invites foreign workers and international graduates in non-tech occupations every two weeks.
The province has been conducting these draws regularly despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, on September 29, British Columbia held its biggest draw of the year.
A total of 450 Express Entry and Skills Immigration candidates were invited in that draw. In the last two months, British Columbia has maintained that steady trend, rolling out on average about 350 invitations during its draws.