The Canadian province of British Columbia conducted a new draw via its PNP on May 18, 2021.
The BC PNP issued 82 invitations in all via the province’s Tech Pilot and under the EEBC and SI categories.
The candidates who were invited from the subcategories of Skilled Worker and International Graduate required at least 80 as their provincial score.
The invited candidates have 30 calendar days to submit their applications for a provincial nomination.
So far in 2021, BC issued 4,438 invitations in all via various streams of the BC PNP.
About the Tech Pilot
The Tech Pilot under BC PNP is a fast-track PNP for international students and tech workers in demand. Candidates must be registered in one of BC’s existing streams for provincial immigration. They also need to have a valid job offer with a validity of not less than 12 months. The job offer must be in one of the 29 eligible Tech Pilot jobs.
To apply for the SI or EEBC categories candidates have to start with creating a profile via the online portal of BC PNP. They must register under its SIRS.
Applicants are subjected to evaluation. They are issued a score that decides whether they have a chance to be invited to apply in a particular round of invitations. The score is based on many factors. These include education level, direct work experience in a number of years, and a job offer from BC. Tech Pilot draws are weekly draws.
The Tech Pilot project was launched in May 2017. The pilot was designed to solve the big issue BC’s tech sector faced when it came to accessing the right talent.
So, the Tech Pilot was created. It made it easier for workers possessing in-demand skills to move to BC as immigrants. Thus, the pilot extended support to the tech sector’s growth in BC. The pilot has met with the extension several times. The current extension is until June 2021.
Express Entry candidates and Tech Pilot
Express Entry candidates who get a nomination from BC will be granted 600 additional points to their Express Entry CRS score. Thus, they are effectively guaranteed an ITA in a federal Express Entry draw in the future.
Express Entry candidates get scores from CRS based on their factors like skilled work experience, age, language proficiency in English/French, and education.
Canada then sends invites to them offering them to apply for Canada PR via Express Entry draws. If they get approval, the final step for them is to arrive in Canada and claim PR status in Canada.
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PR – Permanent Residence/Permanent Resident
CRS – Comprehensive Ranking System
EOI – Expression of Interest
PNP – Provincial Nominee Program
ITA – Invitation to Apply
FSWP – Federal Skilled Worker Program
FSTP – Federal Skill Trades Program
CEC – Canadian Experience Class
SIRS – Skills Immigration Registration System
CLB – Canadian Language Benchmark
BC – British Columbia
EEBC – Express Entry BC
SI – Skills Immigration
NOI – Notification of Interest