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British Columbia Issues 332 Invitations In New BC PNP Immigration Draw

British Columbia government has issued 332 invitations to apply in a new draw through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. The 332 invitations were sent to candidates in different immigration streams or categories.

The March 10 draw saw invitations sent across five BC PNP streams. Direct provincial skilled workers required 102 points to be eligible, while Express Entry skilled workers needed 110 points.

International graduates through the direct provincial streams needed a minimum score of 106 points, compared to 110 for the Express Entry-aligned stream.

Entry-level and semi-skilled workers required a minimum score of eighty-three (83) points. All 332 invitations were rolled out under these streams.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot program has been extended into 2020 after its first launch in 2017. Presently, it has a list of twenty-nine (29) target occupations with relaxed duration requirements.

BC PNP draws aimed specifically at tech workers started in May 2017. The province has a flourishing technology industry with some big names of the tech world basing themselves in British Columbia.

The British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot Job Requirements

  • The job offer must be for one of the twenty-nine (29) targeted occupations
  • The Job offer must be for at least one-year duration period
  • The job offer must be valid for a minimum of 120 days at the time of application

Twenty-Nine (29) Target Occupations Under the BC PNP Tech Pilot

NOC Code Job Title
0131 Telecommunication carriers’ manager
0213 Computer and information system managers
0512 Managers – publishing, broadcasting, motion pictures, and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronic engineers
2134 Chemical engineers
2147 Computer engineers (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 electronic engineering technologists 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 systems testing technicians
5121 Author and writers
5122 Editors
5125 Translator, terminologists and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technician
5225 Audio and video recording experts
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5226 Other technical and coordinating occupation in motion pictures, broadcastings and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designer and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialist – wholesale trade

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

British Columbia immigration office recently announced it will stop posting scores for guaranteed Invitations to apply through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP).

Instead, the provincial office says candidates can see the scores required by checking the draw details released each week since 2016 when it began its version of Expression of interest immigration.

Initially, the province had released a list of scores that would guarantee an invitation through one of five streams:

  • Express Entry BC – Skilled Workers
  • Express Entry BC – International Graduates
  • Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
  • Skills Immigration – International Graduates
  • Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Worker

A British Columbia PNP statement read: “In the past, a guaranteed invitation score for each category was published (subject to change) to show the minimum points that a candidate would need to be guaranteed an invitation to apply.

“The point scores were based on a sampling of pre-2016 BC PNP applications.

“Since 2016, we have published the scores for each draw. Applicants are able to see current and historical invitations scores on our website which we will continue to do.”