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Latest British Columbia Draw Invites 133 Immigration Candidates

British Columbia provincial government invited 133 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through its latest Tech Pilot draw held on May 26.

These invitations were rolled out to Skilled Workers and International Graduate candidates under the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration class. The minimum required score for applicants in both categories was eighty (80).

The May 26 draw saw the minimum score dropped to as low as B.C.’s May 12 Tech Pilot draw. However, the latest draw saw forty-one (41) more invitations issued than on May 12.

Under its Tech Pilot, British Columbia invites tech workers with a valid job offer in one of twenty-one (29) in-demand technology occupations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The 133 immigration candidates for EEBC must have valid profiles under both B.C.’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and the federal Express Entry system.

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

A provincial nomination is allocated the most CRS points under Express Entry and obtaining those 600 points essentially assures that an immigration candidate will receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

The purpose of the Tech Pilot program is to help address the labour market needs of B.C.’s technology sector.

B.C Tech Pilot candidates have to obtain a job offer that is at least one year in length. There also needs to be a minimum of 120 calendar days remaining in the candidate’s job tenure at the time the candidate lodges their profile to British Columbia.

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 tech 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.