British Columbia issues 95 invitations in its latest Tech draw. Candidates will be able to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on March 9.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) Tech Pilot draw sent invitations to applicants from:
- The Skills Immigration category
- Express Entry (EE) BC category
People chosen from the International Graduate and Skilled Worker subcategories needed at least 80 in their provincial score.
BC held 12 draws in total this year. Thus, bringing the total invitations to 1,926 this year. Recipients of the invitation will have 30 calendar days to submit their application for the nomination.
The BCPNP Tech Pilot is a type of fast-track PNP. It is meant for international students and in-demand tech workers.
All applicants should have a registration in one of BC’s ongoing provincial immigration streams. It is also mandatory for them to have an authentic job offer for a minimum of a year. The job needs to be in the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.
Each candidate needs to fulfill two essential criteria to apply for Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories:
- An applicant needs to have a profile through the BCPNP’s online portal.
- Each applicant should register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Applicants undergo an evaluation and receive a score. This score determines whether a person may receive an invitation to apply in a forthcoming invitation round.
Several factors determine this score:
- Level of education
- Years of direct work experience
- In possession of a BC job offer
Tech Pilot draws are held weekly.
The first launch of the pilot project was in May 2017. This was after a labor market study that revealed the biggest problem of BC’s tech sector.
According to the study, the biggest problem was access to real talent. Which gave rise to holding Tech Pilot draws.
This draw aims to support the growth of the tech sector and make it simpler for workers with in-demand skills to settle in BC. There have been several extensions to the pilot. The most recent was until June 2021.
Tech Pilot for Express Entry Applicants
EE candidates who receive a BC nomination will receive 600 additional points. These points will be towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. These extra points ensure that a candidate will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a forthcoming EE draw.
Express Entry is an application management system. It is for three immigration programs:
- Canadian Experience Class
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
- Federal Skilled Trades Program
Different factors determine the score given to an EE candidate. These include:
- Language ability in English or French
- Skilled work experience
Canada sends out invitations to these candidates to apply for permanent residence through EE draws. Upon approval, chosen candidates may travel to Canada and claim their permanent residence status.
The EE draw on February 13 was the largest draw ever in the history of the nation. Every single Canadian Experience Class candidate received an ITA for permanent residence.
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