The string of PNP immigration draws is happening without fail in Canada. In the latest draw of this kind, British Columbia conducted a Tech Pilot draw, which is BC PNP’s major pathway for technologically skilled and qualified immigration candidates to arrive in the province and work in Canada.
In the latest draw, British Columbia invited 95 tech-skilled workers from abroad to apply for a provincial nomination on March 9, 2021. The invites were issued to candidates under the EEBC and Skills Immigration categories.
The subcategories the selected candidates belonged to were Skilled Worker and International Graduate. These candidates were required to have a minimum provincial score of 80 points.
In 2021, BC has conducted 12 immigration draws so far. The total number of invitations issued to date by the province comes to 1,926. Once invited, the candidate has 30 calendar days to file an application for nomination.
What is the Tech Pilot draw?
BC PNP conducts the Tech Pilot to provide a fast-track PNP for international students and foreign tech workers to arrive in Canada to be absorbed into in-demand tech jobs.
To use the Tech Pilot, the candidates must register themselves in one of the existing provincial immigration streams of BC. They also require a valid job offer that is for a term not less than 12 months in one of the 29 eligible jobs of the Tech Pilot stream.
To file an application via the EEBC or Skills Immigration categories, the immigration candidates are required to first create a profile via the online portal of BC PNP. They have to register themselves under the SIRS.
The decision to invite the deserving candidate is taken after an evaluation, based on which, a score is assigned. It’s this score that decides if a candidate be invited to apply in a particular round of issuing invitations. The factors based on which the score is decided include the candidate’s level of education, direct work experience in the candidate’s field of work, and a job offer in British Columbia. The BC PNP Tech Pilot draws are held regularly on a weekly basis.
Tech Pilot project had its beginning in 2017, the year in which it was launched. It was brought into existence after a labor market study. The study found that the biggest issue British Columbia’s tech sector faced was its problem with accessing the right talent. The solution was found by introducing the Tech Pilot which supported the growth of the tech sector in the province.
This was made possible by making it easier for foreign tech workers possessing the in-demand skills to immigrate to British Columbia. The success of the pilot program led to its extension that was done many times. The most recent extension was done in 2021. This year, the program is extended until June 2021.
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PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
EEBC – Express Entry British Columbia
SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System