British Columbia issued 81 invitations to tech worker candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on January 26, 2021.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) sent out 81 invitations through the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams.
The Express Entry BC stream (EEBC) is for candidates with a valid profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system, which is Canada’s major pathway for skilled immigrants who are hoping to obtain Canadian immigration.
The Skills Immigration stream is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the British Columbia province.
Immigration candidates were invited under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories through the BC PNP Tech Pilot. Invited candidates needed to have job offers in an eligible tech occupation in order to get the nomination. The minimum required score for tech worker candidates who received invitations in this draw was eighty (80) in all categories.
British Columbia holds draws via two Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) categories and streams every week.
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 register under its Skill Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Applicants are assessed and granted a score based on factors such as work experience, level of education, proficiency in English, and employment location.
If an applicant is approved by British Columbia, they can then use their provincial nomination to apply for Canadian permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) via the Express Entry system.
Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from B.C will be awarded an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. These additional points will most likely increase the CRS score practically assures an ITA in a future draw.
The BC PNP is one of Canada’s PNPs. Through these programs, provinces can choose new immigrants who can settle into the local labor market.
British Columbia introduced the Tech Pilot in 2017 in response to strong growth in the tech sector and the influx of foreign talent leaving U.S. technology centers such as Silicon Valley. This scenario has been attributed, in part, to the rigid and unfriendly immigration and economic policies of the Trump Era.
British Columbia has a reputation for innovation and tech expertise, and its warm climate and proximity to the United States markets are also key factors in luring businesses and workers.
The BC PNP has held five (5) draws since January, with minimum scores ranging from 77 to 106 points. Aside from tech workers, British Columbia continues to invite international graduates and workers in non-tech occupations on a regular basis.