British Columbia immigration department invited 67 Immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through its Tech Pilot on September 8.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration route for in-demand tech worker and international students.

All Tech Pilot applicants invited by the British Columbia Provincial Nominees Program (BC PNP) are required to have a job offer that is at least one year in duration in one of the pilot’s twenty-nine (29) in-demand occupations.

The September 8 draw saw invitations sent out to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration programs.

Selected candidates in all the subcategories needed a minimum provincial score of eighty (80).

Candidates registered under the Express Entry BC class will be awarded an extra 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) if their provincial nomination application are approved.

These points practically assures an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in future federal Express Entry draw.

The rest of the candidates invited in the Skills Immigration class will have their applications for Canadian permanent residence directly processed by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) once a provincial nomination is granted by British Columbia.

To apply for the Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories candidates must first open 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 level of work experience, education, proficiency in English and employment location.

Key features of the BC PNP Tech Pilot

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

In addition to promoting access to the skills and talents of the province’s workers, the goal of the Tech Pilot is to enable companies to attract highly skilled workers from around the world.

The British Columbia province is working to ensure that the presence of skilled workers and technology entrepreneurs from other countries can contribute to the growth of the technology industry and that this will result in a greater number of jobs for the people of British Columbia.

BC PNP Tech Pilot Job Offers must be:

  • for one of the twenty-nine (29) targeted occupations;
  • at least one-year duration; and
  • at least four months at the time of application.

Qualified Tech Pilot occupations include:

  • Telecommunication carrier managers;
  • Civil engineers;
  • Database analyst and data administrators;
  • Translators, terminologist, and interpreters;
  • Graphic designer and illustrators;
  • Information system testing technicians;
  • Audio and video recording technicians;
  • Chemical engineer.

For a complete list of occupation, click here.

British Columbia sent out weekly invitations to the highest-scoring technology sector registrants.

According to the BC PNP website, the processing time for most BC PNP applications is two to three months from the time they are received. As with the Tech pilot, applications are typically processed in a shorter amount of time.

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