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BC invites 81 with job offers in key tech occupations

BC PNP Tech Pilot Draw

British Columbia in Canada has held its fourth draw of 2021. On January 26, 2021, another 81 have received invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP].

As the latest BC PNP draw was a Tech Pilot draw, invitations issued went to Canada immigration hopefuls with job offers in any of the 29 key tech occupations.


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The BC PNP Tech Pilot – a fast-tracked Canada immigration pathway for those intending taking up Canada PR and settling within British Columbia – has been extended until June 2021.

British Columbia, a part of the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] of Canada, has the BC PNP for the induction of immigrants into the province.

There are 3 categories for which the BC PNP issues invitations in provincial draws held on a regular basis. These categories are –

·       Skills Immigration [SI]

·       Express Entry BC [EEBC]

·       Entrepreneur Immigration [EI]

The EEBC category is linked with the federal Express Entry system.

For an Express Entry candidates, a PNP nomination is a guarantee of receiving an invitation to apply for Canada PR.

A PNP nomination = 600 CRS points.

These points, the Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] points, are the basis on which Express Entry candidates are issued invitations by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC].

The CRS has a total of 1,200 points, While 600 are for human capital factors [age, education, work experience, language ability etc.], another 600 are set aside as “additional points” [for factors such as PNP nomination, arranged employment in Canada etc. ].

Now, there are 4 different immigration pathways or ‘streams’ that come under BC PNP’s EEBC category. Of these, 2 streams – EEBC Skilled Worker and EEBC International Graduate – require a prior invitation to be able to apply.

EEBC International Post-Graduate and EEBC HealthCare Professional applicants do not need an invitation, and can apply directly through BCPNP Online.

In 2020, British Columbia invited 9,000+ candidates through the Skills Immigration [SI] and Express Entry BC [EEBC] categories.

Overview of the January 26, 2021 BC PNP Tech Pilot draw

Total 81 invitations to apply issued across 4 streams

Invitations issued through the categories of Skills Immigration [SI] and Express Entry BC [EEBC].

Category Minimum SIRS Score
EEBC Skilled Worker 80
EEBC International Graduate 80
SI Skilled Worker 80
SI International Graduate 80

 The specific number of invitations issued to each of the categories is generally not disclosed by the BC PNP.

It is the “highest scoring candidates” in each of the BC PNP categories that are issued invitations. 

BC PNP draws in 2021 

·       Skills Immigration [SI]

·       Express Entry [EEBC]

·       Entrepreneur Immigration [EI] 

Date Invitations issued Categories Details
January 5, 2021 168 SI and EEBC Certain occupations excluded.
January 12, 2021 80 SI and EEBC Tech Pilot draw
January 19, 2021 195 SI and EEBC Certain occupations excluded.
January 26, 2021 81 SI and EEBC Tech Pilot draw

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