British Columbia’s latest Tech Pilot draw invited 52 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on December 23.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invited candidates in the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration categories.
Selected candidates were from either the Skilled Worker or the International Graduate subcategories and were required to have a minimum provincial score of 90.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers and international students. It operates through B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams.
In order to be considered eligible for this program, candidates need to have a valid job offer in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations. The position must be at least one year in duration and have no less than 120 calendar days remaining at the time of the application.
Those who wish to apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Applicants are evaluated and issued a score based on factors such as level of education, work experience, proficiency in English and location of employment.
Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.