What is the BC PNP Tech Stream

What is the BC PNP Tech Stream?

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is an immigration program jointly administered by the province of British Columbia and Canada. The program enables the province to select and nominate foreign workers, international students and entrepreneurs through various streams and initiatives. One of these initiatives is BC PNP Tech.

The BC PNP Tech stream gives international talent in tech occupations a pathway to permanent residence, so they can help grow the economy of the province and build a great life in British Columbia. Since its launch in May 2017, BC PNP Tech has supported more than 6,000 tech workers

Let’s explore the benefits and process for this stream.

<<Also Read: Changes to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program’s Skills Immigration>>

Benefits of the BC PNP Tech

  • British Columbia conducts targeted tech-only draws to ensure that skilled tech applicants have priority access to the program.
  • They also assign files to a dedicated team, resulting in more timely processing of tech applications.
  • In addition, British Columbia offers an employer concierge service for companies wishing to support an applicant under BC PNP Tech. Tech employers can contact the program by emailing [email protected].
  • This pathway does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
  • B.C. also offers client support services through email and phone until permanent residence.

How does the BC PNP Tech stream work?

There are 29 in-demand tech occupations eligible for BC PNP Tech. Moreover, candidates need to choose the BC PNP category that is right for them, and meet the general and category requirements:

  • Skilled Worker (including Express Entry BC option),
  • International Graduate (including Express Entry BC option)

If candidates apply with a valid job offer in one of the eligible tech occupations, their job offer must be for at least one year (365 days).

Eligible Tech Occupations

NOC CodeJob Title
0131Telecommunication carriers managers
0213Computer and information systems managers
0512Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2133Electrical and electronics engineers
2134Chemical engineers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171Information systems analysts and consultants
2172Database analysts and data administrators
2173Software engineers and also designers
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175Web designers and developers
2221Biological technologists and technicians
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281Computer network technicians
2282User support technicians
2283Information systems testing technicians
5121Authors and writers
5122Editors
5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224Broadcast technicians
5225Audio and also video recording technicians
5227Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5226Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5241Graphic designers as well as illustrators
6221Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
British Columbia Website

Process for the British Columbia PNP Tech

  • The first step is to create a profile and register in BCPNP Online. By registering, you are expressing interest to apply to the BC PNP. Please note that registration is free. 
  • Then, you must complete all sections of the registration. Of course, this registration will be scored based on the information you provide: skill level of your occupation, wage, location in B.C., work experience, education, and language.
  • After that, the BC PNP will invite people who are in the registration pool to submit an application to the BC PNP.
  • If you are invited to apply, you have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete application via BCPNP Online.
  • 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.
<<For more information about Immigration to British Columbia, click here>>

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