BC PNP Tech Draw:91  immigration candidates invited

BC PNP Tech new Tech Talent Pathway
  • January 19, 2022

On January 18th, British Columbia invited 91 tech workers to apply for a provincial nomination. The invitations were issued through the BC PNP Tech, which is a stream under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

Candidates invited through B.C.’s Tech draws must meet the requirements of one of British Columbia’s Express Entry BC or Skills immigration categories, which are managed by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Candidates who received invitations in this draw were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and had to have a provincial score of at least 80. Candidates who have been invited to apply for the nomination now have 30 days to do so.

In order to be considered eligible for this immigration program, candidates need to have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations


About the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)

The BC PNP is an economic immigration program through which the province of British Columbia attracts skilled, high-demand foreign workers. When you choose to live & work in British Columbia, it will give you a pathway to permanent residency.


What is  BC PNP Tech program?

The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been renamed BC PNP Tech and converted to a permanent immigration stream. It was initially launched in 2017. It has a list of 29 target occupations with relaxed duration requirements.

The BC PNP Tech is a program designed to help the tech industry in British Columbia recruit international talent. It allows companies to bring in professionals who are qualified for their jobs and want to live and work here.


BC PNP Tech Job Requirements

  • Job offer must be for one of the 29 targeted occupations
  • Job offer must be for at least one-year duration
  • Job offer must be valid for at least 120 days at time of application

Invitations are sent out weekly through the province’s tech programme to the top-scoring candidates who meet the eligibility requirements.

Candidates who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination must complete an application. After that, most technology applications will be processed within two to three months. If approved, candidates will receive a nomination confirmation letter IRCC  that can be used to apply for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program Class.

PNP candidates automatically earn 600 points for their score in the Comprehensive Ranking System and thus have a very good chance of obtaining an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence via Express Entry.


What are the 29 Target Occupations under BC PNP Tech?


NOC Code Job 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


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