British Columbia Invites 62 Candidates In New BC PNP Tech Pilot Draw

British Columbia immigration held a new draw targeting twenty-nine (29) IT occupations through the BC PNP Tech Pilots. The October 22 draw saw invitations rolled out to Sixty-two 62 candidates through four British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program stream.

The Tech Pilot offers priority processing to targeted applicants through the existing stream of the BC PNP.

Minimum scores were Ninety (90) for all four included streams, which were:

  1. SI – Skilled Worker
  2. SI – International Graduate
  3. EEBC – Skilled Worker
  4. EEBC – International Graduate

October 22 British Columbia Immigration Draw

Date Category Minimum Score Number of Invitations Issued
22-Oct-19 SI – Skilled Worker stream 90 Total: 62
  SI – International Graduate stream 90
  EEBC – Skilled Worker stream 90
  EEBC – International Graduate streams 90

The last British Columbia immigration saw invitation issued to 277 candidates.

The October 16 draw saw invitations through five stream of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. Minimum scores were up slightly on the last general draw.

The direct provincial skilled worker streams required a minimum score of Ninety-four (94) points, while the Express Entry-aligned skilled worker streams required 102 points to qualify.

For international graduates, the direct provincial stream saw a minimum score of Ninety-Nine (99) points, and the Express Entry-aligned stream recorded a minimum score of 102 points.

Entry-level and semi-skilled workers needed eighty (80) points to qualify.

October 15 British Columbia Immigration Draw

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
15-Oct-19 SI – Skilled Worker stream 94 Total: 277
  SI – International Graduate stream 99
  SI – Entry Level & Semi-Skilled 80
  EEBC – Skilled Worker stream 102
  EEBC – International Graduate 102

The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended into 2020 after its first launch in 2017. It presently has a list of Twenty-Nine (29) targeted occupations with easy duration requirements.

BC PNP draws targeted specifically at technology workers started in May 2017. The province has a flourishing technology industry with some big company of the tech world basing themselves in B.C.

What Are The BC PNP Tech Pilot Job Requirements?

  • The Job offer must be for one of the Twenty-Nine (29) targeted occupations (see below)
  • The job offer must be for a minimum of one-year duration
  • The job offer must be valid for a minimum of 120 days at the time of application

A coveted provincial nomination practically guarantees nomination under the Canada Express Entry System, worth 600 CRS points.

The B.C. PNP announces the scores immigrants need to have to get an invitation for Canada immigration under its four streams.

The score required for an international graduate is Thirty (30) points below a skilled worker under both the Canada Express Entry and provincial program. For semi-skilled workers and entry-level, that score is lower again.

What Are The twenty-nine (29) Target Occupations Under the BC PNP Tech Pilot?

NOC Code Job Title
0131 Telecommunication carriers’ manager
0213 Computer and information systems manager
0512 Managers – publishing, broadcasting, motion pictures, and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineer
2133 Electrical and electronics engineer
2134 Chemical engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except designers and software engineers)
2171 Information systems consultants and analysts
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designer
2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developer
2221 Biological technologist and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronic engineering technologist and technicians
2242 Electronic service technician (household and business equipment)
2243 Industrial instrument mechanics and technician
2281 Computer network technician
2282 User support technician
2283 Information systems testing technician
5121 Authors and writer
5122 Editors
5125 Translators, terminologist and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technician
5225 Audio and video recording technician
5227 Support occupations in broadcasting, motion pictures, photography and the performing arts
5226 Other technical and coordinating occupations in broadcasting, motion pictures, and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrator
6221 Technical sales specialist – wholesale trade