The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) conducted another Tech Pilot draw on September 8.
Total 67 Invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued to foreign tech workers and international students.
Invitations went to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.
Selected candidates in all the subcategories needed a minimum provincial score of 80.
Launched in 2017, the BC PNP pilot offers a fast-track immigration pathway to permanent residence for in-demand foreign tech workers and international students.
In order to apply through the Tech Pilot, immigration candidates are required to have a job offer in the province that is at least one year (365 days) in duration in one of the pilot’s 29 in-demand occupations. The job offer must have at least 120 days remaining at the time of submitting the application.
Eligible Tech Pilot occupations include:
- Civil engineers;
- Database analysts and data administrators;
- Audio and video recording technicians;
- Translators, terminologists and interpreters;
- Telecommunication carriers managers;
- Graphic designers and illustrators;
- Information systems testing technicians;
- Chemical engineers.
Click here to see the complete list of occupations.
Tech draws have been conducted almost every week in order to minimize the wait for workers and their employers, who both have to meet program eligibility requirements.
To apply under the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC immigration categories, the eligible candidates need to first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
These profiles are then evaluated and issued a score based on applicant’s level of education, work experience, English language proficiency and location of employment.
The processing time for most BC PNP tech applications is 2-3 months.
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