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136 Immigration Candidates Invited To British Columbia’s PNP Tech Draw

British Columbia issued about 136 invitations to skilled workers and international graduates in a new BC PNP Tech draw. On March 1, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program held a draw that featured invitations through four streams of the program and the minimum scores for the four streams were:

  • SI- Skilled Worker
  • EEBC- Skilled Worker
  • SI- International Graduate
  • EEBC- International Graduate

Table showing the immigration streams and the number of invitations issued by British Columbia

DateCategoryMinimum ScoreInvitations Issued
01-Mar-22SI – Skilled Worker85Total: 136
 SI – International Graduate85
 EEBC – Skilled Worker85
 EEBC – International Graduate85

The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been renamed as BC PNP Tech and converted to a permanent immigration stream. The program was initially launched in 2017 and it has a list of 29 occupations that were targeted with relaxed duration requirements.

In May 2017, the BC PNP draws were aimed specifically at technology workers as the province has a thriving technology industry with some big names of tech world coming to the province.

What Are The Job Requirements For BC PNP Tech?

For you to be eligible for the program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have a job offer of at least one-year duration
  • You must have a job offer for at least 120 days at time of application
  • You must have a job offer for one of the 29 targeted occupations

The table below shows the 29 targeted occupations under BC PNP Tech:

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 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
5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224Broadcast technicians
5225Audio and video recording technicians
5227Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5226Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
6221Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

The Express Entry System

The Express Entry System is an online program which manages three immigration streams: the Federal Skilled Workers Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool have already qualified for one of these federal streams.

The system uses a point-based system, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), to rank candidates’ profiles. The candidates that meets or exceeds the CRS cut-off score would receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada.

After the candidates have sent their applications, an IRCC officer will review the applications and then make a decision. The officer will ask for biometrics and would even set up an interview or request more documents.

If the application is approved, IRCC will issue a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR). Approved permanent residents can then complete the landing process.

A candidate that is outside Canada can access pre-arrival services to help them with the first steps for settling in Canada.

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