B.C. PNP Invites 92 Immigration Candidates, Announces Coronavirus Policies

British Columbia invited 92 immigration candidates under it tech pilot stream. The provincial government is also adjusting its program operations to help PNP candidates and employers whose activities were impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

The British Columbia immigration ministry continues to answer inquiries, receive, and process application evaluates final reports, process post-nomination requests, as well as to conduct regular, draw through its Express Entry BC, Skills Immigration, and Entrepreneur Streams.

B.C. Tech Pilot Draw Sees 92 Immigration Candidates Invited for Canadian Immigration

British Columbia also conducts weekly Tech Pilot draws through which candidates with job offers in twenty-nine (29) eligible occupations are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Inaugurate in 2017, the purpose of the Tech Pilot is to assist B.C.’s tech sector hire ICT workers to address job vacancies.

B.C. rolled out invitations to 92 immigration candidates on May 12, through its latest Tech Pilot draw. Invitations were made to individuals in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate stream in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skill Immigration streams. The minimum score required for applicants in both programs was eighty (80), which marks a five (5) point decline compared with last week’s draw which had a cut-off score of eighty-five (85).

PNP draws in B.C. and PNP-specific Express Entry draws and other provinces such as Ontario are culminating into more tech immigration candidates being granted invitation to apply for Canadian immigration status, which is due to the importance of the tech industry to the Canadian economy, even during the coronavirus pandemic.

On the other hand, the crisis had a serious impact on certain sectors that are more vulnerable to employment fluctuations in B.C.’s economy. This has led to the temporary removal of several occupations from recent BC PNP invitation rounds.

All candidates who need assistance, or are experiencing delays with lodging their documents or having difficulty meeting other program deadlines are asked to inform the BC PNP by email.

B.C Introduces New Measures in Employment Due to COVID-19

The BC PNP has introduced and implemented interim measures for Skills Immigration candidates whose employment status has changed due to:

  • lay-offs
  • termination without cause
  • recalls to the same position/same employer
  • new job offer with a new employer
  • reduced hours of work to less than full-time (less than thirty (30) hours per week
  • reduction in salary that would result in failing to meet minimum wage for the occupation
  • reduction in income that would result in failing to meet the minimum wage threshold

Candidates are still responsible for collecting all the required documents, including language tests result, evaluation of diplomas and training qualification, and for meeting the deadlines for submission.

However, if the documents cannot be obtained from third parties due to the pandemic, a written explanation and proof that the information has been requested may be lodged in the meantime.

Semi-Skilled and Entry Level candidates who have been laid off and were not able to complete the required nine months of continuous full-time permanent employment will be able to count employment before and after a temporary layoff as continuous over the period of nine months. However, the layoff can’t exceed sixteen (16) weeks and the candidate would need to be rehired by the same employer and in a position eligible for this program.

International Graduates who want to withdraw their registration to update it due to a changes in their employment status will be able to lodge a new registrations and applications in this category, provided the original application was lodged within the accepted three-year period.

Guidance for Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneur Immigration stream

Candidates who have applied, have been invited to apply or have been approved to apply for a work permit via the Entrepreneur Immigration stream and are experiencing delays in document gathering, arrival plan are requested to email the BC PNP.

The British Columbia PNP may provide extensions to business establishments period and work permit support. Those entrepreneurs who are experiencing issues in meeting their residency obligation or actively managing their business as a result of the COVIV-19 crisis are encouraged to inform the BC PNP of their particular situation.

Individuals who are due to submit their final reports can still do so but only through email. Final reports are still being received and processed.