British Columbia immigration invited 76 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on Nov. 17.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) sent out invitations through the Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams.
Candidates were invited through the International Graduate, Skilled Workers, and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled subclass through the BC PNP Tech Pilot.
Invited immigration candidates need to have job offers in an eligible tech occupation in order to get the nomination.
The minimum required score for successful candidates was eighty (80) in all categories.
British Columbia carry out draws via two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) categories and streams on a weekly basis.
To apply for the Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories candidates must first create a valid profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and apply under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Applicants are assessed and given a score based on factors such as work experience, level of education, proficiency in English, and location of employment.
If an applicant is approved, they can then use their provincial nomination to apply for Canadian permanent residence with IRCC, Canada’s immigration ministry under the PNP.
Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from B.C province will be given an extra 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
Such candidates are practically assured an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.
Every week, British Columbia issues invitations under its Tech Pilot.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track pathway for in-demand tech workers and international students. It operates through British Columbia’s existing provincial immigration streams.
In order to be considered for immigration to the British Columbia province through this program, candidates need to have a valid job offer in one of twenty-nine (29) eligible occupations.
Eligible occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot include civil engineers, web designers, and developers, computer and information systems managers, audio and video recording technicians as well as translators, 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, employment offers that are more than one year in duration will still be eligible under the pilot program. It is also required that the job offer be full-time permanent and from an eligible employer in the province.
Individuals who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination have thirty (30) days to lodge a complete application.