The British Columbia province held another round of Tech Pilot draw on April 30, 2019. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invited 64 candidates seeking immigration opportunities in Canada. Immigration authorities in British Columbia have established the Tech Pilot program under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) for tech and IT workers who plan to immigrate to BC and obtain Canadian permanent residence.
The candidates qualifying for the Tech Pilot program with a minimum score of 90 were issued an Invitation to Apply. This is for the second time in a row that invitations were issued through Tech Pilot draw to candidates with a minimum score of 90.
The invitations were issued across four categories including Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) – Skilled Worker, EEBC – International Graduate, Skilled Immigration (SI) – Skilled Worker and SI- International Graduates.
British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot Draw April 30, 2019
No. of Invitations Issued
EEBC – Skilled Worker
EEBC – International Graduate
SI – Skilled Worker
SI – International Graduate
To be eligible for receiving an invitation to apply through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program, the candidate is required to be registered under Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) and Skills Immigration stream of BC PNP.
However, to qualify for Invitation for provincial nominations under Tech Pilot the candidate:
- Should hold a job offer of at least one year from a British Columbia Employer.
- Must ensure 120 calendar days should be remaining at the time of application.
- The job offer should be of a specified occupation in BC Tech Pilot occupation list.
It is important to note that both the applicant and the BC employer must meet all the criteria of the BC PNP Tech Pilot program at the time of registration. Besides, British Columbia conducts other immigration draws for non-technical candidates. The British Columbia Tech Pilot draws not only fast-track the process for tech and IT workers seeking Permanent Residence in Canada but also benefit the employers in the province to recruit in-demand overseas tech workers.
The demand for technically skilled workers in British Columbia province is high therefore, the BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended up to June 2019. In fact, the British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot was introduced in 2017 to meet the increasing demand for proficient candidates in British Columbia’s technology sector.
Along with the Federal Express Entry, Canada allows its provinces to conduct the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to invite candidates for Canada PR. British Columbia is one such province inviting candidates through BC PNP. The candidates who obtain ITA through PNP are awarded 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and get an additional edge in by securing an ITA for Canadian PR in the subsequent Express Entry Draw.