British Columbia invited 72 immigration candidates who work in the IT industry sector to apply for a provincial nomination on June 15.
The new invitations were sent out via the BC PNP Tech, which is part of the Provinces’ Nominee Program.
Those invited through B.C’s Tech draws have to meet one of British Columbia’s Express Entry BC and Skills immigration category requirements, which are managed by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
72 Immigration Candidates Invited
The 72 immigration Candidates who received invitations in this draw were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and required a minimum provincial score of 80.
Invited PNP candidates have thirty calendar days to apply for the nomination.
British Columbia province has now invited 5,321 immigration candidates in 2021.
British Columbia’s Tech Pilot now a permanent program
The BC PNP Tech was introduced in May 2017 as a pilot project following a labor market study that discovers the biggest issue confronting B.C.’s technology sector was access to talent.
The tech pilot project has been very successful and has led to over 6,000 potential immigrants becoming nominated for Canadian permanent residence.
Hence, based on its success, the tech pilot project has been extended on an annual basis for the past four years.
This year, however, instead of extending the pilot project again, and following requests from various stakeholders and employers in the IT sector, British Columbia announced that the program is becoming permanent.
The program, now called the BC PNP Tech, remains a fast-track immigration gateway for in-demand skilled tech workers and international students.
Candidates need to be registered in one of the province’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least twelve months in one of the twenty-nine eligible occupations to be eligible.
Unlike the other BC PNP streams, job offers under BC PNP Tech must be for at least a period of one year, with a minimum of 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP.
The job offer must also be full-time and from an eligible employer in British Columbia.
Invitations via the province’s tech program are issued weekly to the top-scoring candidates who meet the eligibility criteria.
Candidates who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination have thirty days to lodge a complete application.
Once this is done, most tech applications will be processed within 2 to 3 months.
If they are approved, tech candidates will get a nomination confirmation that can be used to apply for Canadian permanent residence from Canada’s immigration department also know as IRCC under the Provincial Nominee Program Class.
About Express Entry For Tech Pilot
The Tech Pilot is linked to the federal Express Entry immigration application management system.
Express Entry candidates are awarded points based on human capital factors such as work experience, age, education, and language proficiency in French or English under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
They must also meet the minimum requirements for one of IRCC’s Express Entry programs:
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Canadian Experience Class
As a provincial nominee, you may obtain an extra 600 points under the CRS and therefore have a score good enough to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in future federal Express Entry draw.
Express Entry draws continue to be conducted on a regular basis despite current travel restrictions and border closures.
PNPs have continued to operate throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is no sign of their activities abating in 2021.