British Columbia invited 80 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in new Tech Pilot draw on January 12

British Columbia issued 80 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in its second immigration draw of the year on January 12.

Invitations were issued to candidates from Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. streams under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s Tech Pilot.

Selected candidates were required to have a minimum provincial score of 80 points in order to receive an invite in this draw.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot offers a fast-track immigration pathway to Canadian permanent residence for in-demand foreign tech workers and international students with a job offer in one of the pilot’s 29 eligible tech occupations.

In order to apply through the Tech Pilot, immigration candidates are required to have a job offer in the province that must be at least one year (365 days) in duration in one of the pilot’s in-demand occupations. The job offer must have at least 120 days remaining at the time of submitting the application.

To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories, eligible candidates need to first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). This is a points-based system that ranks candidates a score based on various factors such as education, work experience, proficiency in English and the job offer they have received.

The BC PNP will then invites highest-scoring candidates in each Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC category candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through regular weekly draws.

Express Entry Candidates, whose applications will get approved by BCPNP, will automatically receive an additional 600 CRS points toward their comprehensive ranking system (CRS) scores. This effectively guaranties them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in subsequent Federal Express Entry Draw.

It was the second immigration draw conducted by the BC PNP so far in 2021. On January 5, 2021, the program issued total 168 invitations to immigration candidates through its Skilled Worker, International Graduate, and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled sub-categories.

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