British Columbia welcomes 52 tech workers in latest PNP draw

BC PNP Tech Pilot draw

In a Canada PNP draw (Provincial Nominee Program draw) conducted by British Columbia (BC) on August 11, 2020, 52 immigration candidates were sent invitations to apply for permanent residence (PR). Each of these candidates had job offers from BC’s technology sector.

This was a British Columbia PNP Tech Pilot draw which invited candidates under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry categories. The selected candidates had a minimum provincial score of 80 as per stipulation. The minimum score of 80 has been followed for Tech Pilot draws since mid-June 2020.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot draw offers a fast track Canada immigration pathway that brings in international students and skilled in-demand tech workers.

The Tech Pilot project was launched in 2017. The program has been extended many times. The most recent extension was until June 2021.

To be eligible for participation under the Tech Pilot, candidates must be registered in any of the BC’s prevalent provincial immigration streams besides having a valid job offer for a period of 12 months. The job must be one of the 29 eligible occupations listed by the Tech Pilot project.

The candidates participating in this draw under the Express Entry or Skills Immigration categories, must first create a profile via the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its SIRS (Skills Immigration Registration System).

The applicants get evaluated before being issued a score on the basis of factors like work experience, education, location of the job, and English language proficiency.

BC conducts tech-only draws once every week. The draw is to invite those candidates who score the highest in the technology sector. These highly skilled workers are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. The invited candidates have 30 days to put in their application online. The applicants must also pay a processing fee. The processing fees for a skilled immigration application as of August 6, 2020, is $1,150. The fee to request for review is $500.

Approved applicants can use their provincial nomination to apply for PR with IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) under the Provincial Nominee Class.

Those candidates who get a nomination from BC will be assigned extra 600 points over their original CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) score. That in effect guarantees the candidate to get an ITA (Invitation to Apply) in an upcoming federal Express Entry draw.

In August 2020, BC has conducted 2 large draws via its PNP streams and categories. BC has invited nearly 500 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

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