The British Columbia Tech Pilot

BC PNP

British Columbia has decided to extend the British Columbia Tech Pilot for another year until June 2021 in order to recruit and retain international workers in the tech sector. International Tech and IT workers have an opportunity to immigrate to British Columbia by BC Tech Pilot under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Workers whose profile belongs to any of the listed eligible occupations may be eligible under the BC PNP Tech Pilot.

Why a Tech Pilot and how it works?

The Tech Pilot was initiated because of the demand in British Columbia’s tech sector. The pilot works with the existing BC PNP categories. Eligible candidates must satisfy the criteria of one of BC’s skills Immigration or Express Entry, which is managed the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Under SIRS, the eligible candidates may register and receive a ranking score and BC PNP conducts the draw in a timely manner to invite the highest-scoring tech sector registrants to apply for provincial nomination. Invited candidates have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete online application, which is processed on a priority basis. If approved for a provincial nomination, an application for permanent residence may then be submitted to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Individuals who have been nominated and who meet the conditions of their nomination will receive a work permit support letter allowing them to obtain or renew their current work permit, ensuring that they may work throughout the permanent residence application process.

Job offers under the BC PNP Tech Pilot must meet the following criteria:

When you have received a job offer, it must be,

  1. A single job that belongs to one of the 29 occupations listed below
  2. At least one year in duration (365 days); and
  3. There must be at least 120 calendar days remaining on the job offer at the time of application.

Individuals whose occupation is not listed above may still be able to immigrate to Canada through the BC PNP under one of the many categories managed under that program. Workers in any of the listed eligible occupations may be eligible under the BC PNP Tech Pilot.

Eligible occupations for BC PNP Tech Pilot

NOC Code Occupation
0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical 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
5122 Editors
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technicians
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5226 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
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