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British Columbia Invites Tech Workers And Entrepreneurs In New Draw

British Columbia immigration department invites Tech workers and Entrepreneurs in new PNP draw. The province invited candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on December 1, 2020.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) sent out an undisclosed number of invitations through the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams.

Immigration candidates were invited under the Skilled Workers and International Graduate subcategories via the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Invited candidates need to have employment offers in an eligible occupation in the tech category in order to receive the nomination.

The minimum required score for successful candidates was eighty (80) in all categories.

The BC PNP also sent out Eleven (11) invitations through its Entrepreneurs Immigration stream. The least score requirement for this draw was 121.

Every week, British Columbia holds draws through two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) categories and streams.

To register 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 employment location.

If an applicant is approved, they can then use their nomination to apply for Canadian permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Program.

Express Entry candidates who obtained a nomination from British Columbia will be granted an extra 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

The BC PNP is one of Canada’s PNPs. Through these programs, provinces can nominate new permanent immigrants who can settle into the local labor market.

The BC PNP has conducted twenty-five (25) technical draws since January, with minimum scores dropping from ninety (90) to eighty (80) points that have remained constant for several months.

It should be noted that British Columbia continues to invite workers and international graduates in the non-tech occupation on a consistent basis as well.

B.C’s high-growth tech sector has grown even more rapidly in recent years due to the inrush of international talent leaving the United States technology centers such as Silicon Valley.

This has been attributed, in part, to strict economic and immigration policies that have led to a period of uncertainty in the U.S. tech sector.

In addition to its reputation for innovation and tech talent, British Columbia’s gentle climate and proximity to U.S. markets are also elements to attract Entrepreneurs, workers, and companies.