British Columbia immigration authorities invite 72 Tech workers to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
A total of Seventy-two (72) invitations were sent out through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot on Oct, 6.
Candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduates subcategories in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration stream were invited in this latest invitation round.
The minimum score needed for applicants in both subcategories was eighty (80), which represents no change in score from all other tech draws conducted since mid-June.
British Columbia carries out weekly Tech Pilot draws through which candidates with job offers in twenty-nine (29) eligible occupations are invited to file for a provincial nomination.
Introduced in 2017, the purpose of the Tech Pilot is to assist British Columbia’s technology sector to recruit IT workers to help address current labor market needs.
In order to stand a chance and be qualified under the Tech Pilot, candidates needed to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration programs and have a valid job offer of at least twelve (12) months in one of the Tech Pilot’s eligible occupations.
To apply for the Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories candidates must first create a valid profile through the British Columbia PNP’s online portal and register under its Skill Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Applicants are assessed and issued a score based on factors such as age, work experience, level of education, proficiency in English or French, and location of employment.
If a candidate is approved, they can then use their provincial nomination to apply for Canadian permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Class.
Immigration candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be awarded an extra 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are practically assures an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
British Columbia holds draws through its various PNP categories and streams on a weekly basis.
Last week, the province sent out 450 provincial nomination invitations in its biggest draw this year. September was a busy month for British Columbia, as the province hold a total of seven draws in its various PNP categories and programs and invited more than 1,430 candidates.