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|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineer|
|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|
|5125||Translators, terminologist and interpreters|
|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.