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British Columbia Invites 56 Candidates In Latest Tech Draw

On July 13, British Columbia invited 56 candidates working in key technological occupations to apply for a provincial nomination.

The BC PNP Tech, 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 the Express Entry BC or Skills immigration categories managed by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Candidates who got invitations in this draw were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and had to have a minimum provincial score of 80.

The 56 Candidates who have been invited to apply for the nomination have 30 days to do so.

About The BC PNP Tech Program

Following a labor market study, the BC PNP Tech was introduced in May 2017 as a pilot project, with the largest issue confronting B.C.’s technology sector being access to talent.

Due to its success, the British Columbia government recently announced that the project would become a permanent program.

In-demand tech workers and overseas students are eligible for this fast-track immigration scheme.

To qualify for this stream, the 56 candidates must be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid 12-month employment offer in one of twenty-six approved occupations.

Unlike other BC PNP streams, job offers under the Tech program must be for a minimum of one year, with at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP tech program.

It must also be full-time and from a province-approved employer.

The province’s tech program sends invitations to the top-scoring candidates who meet the eligibility requirements on a weekly basis.

Immigration candidates who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination must complete an application in its entirety.

Most tech applications will be approved in two to three months after this is completed.

If approved, candidates will obtain 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.

List Of 29 Eligible Occupation For The BC PNP Tech Pilot

NOC Job Title
0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical 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 designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
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 mechanics
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
5121 Authors and writers
5122 Editors
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technicians
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 designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

About Express Entry For Tech Pilot

The Tech Pilot is linked to the federal Express Entry immigration application management system.

Express Entry candidates are awarded points based on human capital factors such as work experience, age, education, and language proficiency in French or English under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

They must also meet the minimum requirements for one of IRCC’s Express Entry programs:

As a provincial nominee, you may obtain an extra 600 points under the CRS and therefore have a score good enough to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in future federal Express Entry draw.

Express Entry draws continue to be conducted on a regular basis despite current travel restrictions and border closures.

PNPs have continued to operate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is no sign of their activities abating in 2021.

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