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
|Date||Category||Minimum Score||Invitations Issued|
|01-Mar-22||SI – Skilled Worker||85||Total: 136|
|SI – International Graduate||85|
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||85|
|EEBC – International Graduate||85|
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 Code||Job Title|
|0131||Telecommunication carriers’ managers|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers|
|0512||Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineers|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|2173||Software engineers and designers|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|2175||Web designers and developers|
|2221||Biological technologists and technicians|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|2242||Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)|
|2243||Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics|
|2281||Computer network technicians|
|2282||User support technicians|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians|
|5121||Authors and writers|
|5125||Translators, terminologists and interpreters|
|5225||Audio and video recording technicians|
|5227||Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts|
|5226||Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts|
|5241||Graphic designers and illustrators|
|6221||Technical 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.