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British Columbia Invites 74 Candidates In New Tech Pilot Draw

British Columbia invites 74 Candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on February 9.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee programs (BC PNP) Tech Pilot draw sent out invitations to 74 candidates under the skills immigration and Express Entry BC categories.

Selected candidates who were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduates subcategories required a minimum provincial score of eighty (80).

The Feb. 9 draw saw the minimum score remain in the range of 80s, as has been the case for Tech Pilot draws since the start of the year.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration option for in-demand tech worker and international students.

The pilot project was introduced in 2017 and has been extended few times, most recently until June 2021.

To qualify or stand a chance for this program, immigration candidates need to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least twelve (12) months in one of the Tech Pilot’s Twenty-nine (29) eligible occupations.

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 that determines whether they may be invited to apply in a given invitation round. The score is based on a number of factors such as age, level of education, years of direct work experience and having a British Columbia employment offer.

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia province will be granted an extra 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are practically assured an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

Federal Express Entry draws are Normally conducted twice a month and invite approximately 4,000 immigration candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The most recent Express Entry draw, held on January 21, resulted in 4,626 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence – one of the biggest round of invitations since the system’s introduction in 2015. So far this year, IRCC has sent out 10,000 ITAs and has stated clearly that it will continue to make efforts to welcome high levels of newcomers in the coming years and beyond.

So far this year, British Columbia has 6 draws through its various PNP categories and streams and invited about 1,000 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

Invited candidates have thirty (30) calendar days to file for the nomination.