On August 10, B.C. invited 51 immigration candidates in key technology occupations to apply for a provincial nomination. The BC Tech program, which is part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program, issued the new invitations (BC PNP).
Those selected through B.C’s Tech draws must meet the requirements of one of British Columbia’s Skills immigration and Express Entry BC categories, which are managed by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Candidates in this draw were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories, and had to have a provincial score of at least 80.
Candidates who have been invited to apply for the nomination have 30 days to do so.
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List Of 29 Eligible Occupations For The BC PNP TECH Pilot
|0131||Telecommunication carrier managers|
|0213||Computer and information system managers|
|0512||Managers – publishing, motion picture, broadcasting, and performing arts|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineers|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|2173||Software engineers and designer|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|2175||Web designers and developer|
|2221||Biological technologists and technicians|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|2242||Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)|
|2243||Industrial instrument technicians and mechanic|
|2281||Computer network technicians|
|2282||User support technician|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians|
|5121||Authors and writers|
|5125||Translators, terminologists, and interpreters|
|5225||Audio and video recording technicians|
|5226||Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts|
|5227||Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts|
|5241||Graphic designer and illustrators|
|6221||Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade|
About the BC PNP Tech program
The BC PNP Tech was established in May 2017 as a pilot program in response to labor market research that revealed that the most pressing issue for B.C.’s technology industry was a lack of talent.
Because of the project’s success, British Columbia recently announced that it will become a permanent program.
This fast-tracked immigration program is designed for high-demand IT employees and foreign students.
To qualify for this stream, candidates must be registered in one of B.C.’s current provincial immigration streams and have a valid employment offer for at least twelve months in one of the twenty-nine eligible occupations.
Unlike other BC PNP streams, job offers under the Tech pilot program must be for a minimum of one year, with a minimum of 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP.
It must also be full-time and from an eligible employer in British Columbia province.
Invitations are given out weekly through the province’s tech program to the top-scoring candidates who satisfy the eligibility conditions.
Immigration candidates who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination must complete an application.
After that, most tech applications will be processed within two to three months.
If approved, candidates will get a nomination confirmation letter from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which they can use to apply for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program Class.
What is the benefit of BCPNP Tech?
The BCPNP Tech program was created in response to a labor market demand for particular tech occupations. It provides a fast-tracked pathway for foreign workers and international students to fill this shortage.
The BCPNP Tech programs hold weekly draws with lower point requirements than non-tech draws on a consistent basis.
Those who have a qualifying tech job offer will have their applications processed faster.
Overall, these candidates have a better chance of receiving a nomination and receiving it sooner than non-tech candidates.
Do I need an LMIA for BCPNP Tech program?
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) in provides work permit support letters to successful applicants.
Applicants can use these letters to apply for a work permit. To put it another way, these candidates do not need a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
This is due to a provincial-federal agreement that allows the province to send these letters without having to go through the long LMIA process.
Employers in BC must still complete a Job Offer form, which includes information on the company’s efforts to hire a Canadian permanent resident or citizen.