British Columbia held its Tech Pilot draw on May 14, 2019, inviting 77 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates seeking permanent residence opportunities in Canada through Provincial Nominee Program.

The British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot program attracts talented professionals from the technical and IT background to work for the technology sector in the province. This helps the technically qualified aspirants to fast-track their way to settle in Canada as a permanent resident.

The British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot was launched in 2017 keeping in view the increasing demand for skillful and qualified professionals for the province’s technology sector.

British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot Draw May 14, 2019

CategoryMinimum ScoreNo. of Invitations Issued
EEBC – Skilled Worker9077
EEBC – International Graduate90
SI – Skilled Worker90
SI – International Graduate90

The demand for technically skilled workers in BC province is consistently high since the inception of Tech Pilot; hence, British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot has been extended up to June 2019.

The minimum score for this draw is 90, which is similar to the last two draws. 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.

Candidates seeking Canada permanent residence through British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program are required to specially register under Express Entry British Columbia (EEBC) and Skills Immigration stream of BC PNP.

The technically skilled professionals who receive an invitation through British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot must qualify the following eligibility criteria – The candidates must hold a full-time job offer of at least one year from a BC Employer. The job offer must have 120 calendar days are remaining at the time of application. Also, the offer must be from the 29 specified occupations in BC Tech Pilot occupation list.

The candidates as well as the British Columbia employer, both are required to meet the eligibility criteria stated by the BC Tech Pilot program. For candidates who are not technically skilled, the province conducts another immigration draw.

Akin to the other provincial nominee programs, the candidates who obtain ITA through British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot get 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points which gives them an advantage of securing an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian PR in the forthcoming Express Entry Draw.