British Columbia Invites 75 Candidates In Latest Tech Pilot Draw

British Columbia invited Seventy-five (75) Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence via its Tech Pilot on April 29.

The draw issues invitations to eligible foreign tech workers with a valid job or employment offer in one of twenty-nine (29) in-demand technology occupations in the province.

Invitations were allotted to Skilled Workers and International Graduate candidates in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration programs. The minimum required score for individuals in both Skilled Workers and International Graduates categories was eighty-five (85).

EEBC candidates have to be registered under both the B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and the Federal Express Entry system.

Express Entry candidates with a provincial nomination got an extra 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Skills Immigration candidates are only required to be registered with the SIRS.

Candidates are given a score based on factors such as Age, educational qualifications, work experience and language proficiency as part of the registration process and the highest-scoring applicants are invited to apply in weekly Tech Pilot draws.

The Tech Pilot was created in 2017 to addresses labour demands in B.C’s tech sectors that cannot be met locally. Its goal is to ensure B.C.’s tech sectors have access to the talent it needs to continue growing.

Tech Pilot candidates are excluded from the full-time permanent job offer requirement that applies to most immigration class under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

Tech Pilot candidate, however, must have a job offer that is at least one year in duration and has a minimum of 120 calendar days remaining at the time of applying for a provincial nomination.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended into 2020 after its first launch in 2017. It now has a list of twenty-nine (29) target occupations with simple duration requirements.

BC PNP draws is aimed at attracting technology workers, which started in May 2017. The province has a successful technology sector with some big names of the tech world basing themselves in British Columbia.

The twenty-nine (29) Target Occupations Under the Tech Pilot Program

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

A coveted provincial nomination effectively assures selection under the Canada Express Entry System, worth extra 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

British Columbia immigration department recently announced it will stop releasing scores for guaranteed Invitations to apply via the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.

Instead, the province says applicants can see the scores required by checking the draw details published each week since 2016 when it first launched its version of Expression of interest immigration.