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Posted on September 11 2020

British Columbia chooses 67 techies in Tech Pilot draw

By  Editor
Updated July 25 2023

British Columbia conducted a Tech Pilot draw on September 8, 2020, in which 67 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

A fast-track pathway for immigration of candidates skilled in the technology field, the BC PNP Tech Pilot brings in-demand international students and tech workers to live, study, and work in Canada.

The Tech Pilot candidates invited by BC PNP must have an offer for a job that’s at least of a year’s duration. The job must be one of the 29 jobs listed as in-demand occupations by BC.

In the September 8 draw, invitations were issued to candidates in the International Graduate and Skilled Worker categories of the EEBC and Skills Immigration streams.

The selected candidates in all these sub-categories required a score of at least 80 to qualify.

Candidates registered under the categories of EEBC will get 600 extra points on their CRS score in case they get an approved provincial nomination. With those points in the kitty, these candidates stand the chance to receive an ITA for PR in Canada in an upcoming federal Express Entry draw.

The applications for PR from candidates invited under the Skills Immigration categories will be processed directly by IRCC. This will be after a provincial nomination being issued by BC.

The candidates who come under Skills Immigration categories must first have a profile created via BC PNP’s online portal. The profiles must be registered under its SIRS.

The BC PNP is a significant contributor to the performance of immigration Canada manages. The draws under BC PNP are specifically aimed at recruiting skilled and qualified candidates willing to work in Canada for prospective technology companies situated in BC. The concentration of Canada’s tech industry in BC has led even more international tech companies to invest in the region.

BC PNP Tech Pilot is a great chance for prospective international candidates to get job offers in:

  • Any of the 29 targeted jobs
  • Jobs of at least a year’s duration
  • Jobs for which the applicant gets a minimum of 120 days to apply

Some of the tech jobs offered under BC PNP’s scope are:

  • Telecommunication carriers' managers
  • Database analysts and data administrators
  • Information systems testing technicians
  • Chemical engineers
  • Civil engineers
  • Audio and video recording technicians
  • Graphic designers and illustrators
  • Translators, terminologists, and interpreters

While a normal British Columbia PNP application is processed within2-3 months, Tech Pilot applications are processed even faster. So, techies, go ahead and try the BC PNP route.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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BC – British Columbia

PNP – Provincial Nominee Program

PR – Permanent Residence

EEBC – Express Entry British Columbia

CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System

ITA – Invitation to Apply

IRCC - Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System


BC PNP Tech Pilot draw


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