British Columbia tech workers

British Columbia invited 108 tech workers in new PNP draw

On October 5th, British Columbia invited 108 tech workers to apply for a provincial nomination. This time, the invitations were issued through the BC PNP Tech, which is a stream under the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program.

The BC PNP Tech offers a pathway to permanent residence for foreign tech workers who have job offers in one of 29 eligible occupations in British Columbia. The offer must be for a minimum of 1 year, and there must be at least 120 days remaining at the time of application.

Date  Number of Invitations Category Minimum Score Other
October 5, 2021 108 Skilled Worker – SI

International Graduate – SI

Skilled Worker – EEBC

International Graduate – EEBC

70 Tech draw

It is important to note that this is the first time -in over a year- that the score dropped 10 points from the standard 80 minimum points. Invited candidates now have 30 calendar days to apply for the nomination.

Tech Pilot applications are typically processed faster than other BC PNP programs, which can take 2-3 months from receipt, the government webpage says.

Important Information

How long will the BC PNP Tech Pilot be offered?

On May 28, 2021, the province announced that the pilot has been extended indefinitely. In the past, the project had extensions of one year. The indefinite extension is a good indicator of the province’s commitment to helping grow the technology sector and recruit international talent.

Requirements and process for the British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot

  • The job offer must be for a single job in one of the 29 occupations.
  • The job offer must be at least one year in duration (365 days), and there must be at least 120 calendar days remaining on the job offer at the time of application.
  • Longer duration job offers, including indeterminate (permanent, or with no set end date) job offers, are also eligible.
  • If you are invited to apply, you have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a completed online application. Please visit the Fees page for a breakdown of BC PNP fees.
  • If approved, you will receive a nomination certificate (confirmation of nomination) that you can use to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada under the Provincial Nominee Class.

How do I apply to the BC PNP Tech?

In order to apply through the Pilot, candidates must first register online with the BC PNP and they will receive a registration score. Registration is free.

The BC PNP will then (weekly) hold the draws and announce minimum score requirements for candidates to be invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

So far in 2021, British Columbia has issued over 9,000 invitations to apply for provincial nomination.

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