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BC PNP: 95 receive invitations in latest Tech Pilot draw

BRITISH COLUMBIA-March 9

The province of British Columbia in Canada has held another draw under the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] of Canada.

In the latest BC Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP] draw on March 9, 2021, a total of 95 Canada immigration candidates have received invitations to apply for a PNP nomination – through British Columbia – for Canadian permanent residence.

As this was a BC PNP Tech Pilot draw, invitations went to candidates with job offers in any of the 29 key tech occupations.

To be eligible for the BC PNP Tech Pilot, the individual is required to have a valid job offer under any of the 29 occupations eligible. Their job offer must be for a minimum of 1 year, with the job offer having a minimum of 120 days remaining at the time of their application to the BC PNP.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended until June 2021 with the aim of providing “BC tech employers with the continued ability to recruit and retain international talent when local skilled workers are unavailable”.

Offering an expedited immigration pathway for individuals with tech skills, the BC PNP Tech Pilot has supported – since its launch in May 2017 – more than 4,200 tech workers for a BC nomination for Canada PR.

The Tech Pilot of the BC PNP helps ensure that the technology sector in BC can attract as well as retain the talent it requires for sustaining and growing the sector further.

Key features of the Tech Pilot are based on factors such as – service, timeliness, prioritization, and engagement.

An Overview of March 9 BC PNP Tech Pilot draw

 

Total invitations issued: 95

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

Note. By the “minimum score” here is implied the score allotted on registration with the Skills Immigration Registration System, an online points-based application management system.

The BC PNP’s Skills Immigration or SI is for individuals with the skills, qualifications as well as the experience required by BC PNP employers.

Linked to the federal Express Entry system, the Express Entry BC or EEBC is targeted at individuals with the skills for filling up a high-demand occupation in the province.

In 2020, a total of 9,310 Canada immigration candidates received invitations from British Columbia through the BC PNP immigration pathways of SI and EEBC.

BC PNP draws in 2021

 

Total invitations issued so far: 1,934

 

·         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
February 2, 2021 208 SI and EEBC Certain occupations excluded.
February 2, 2021 8 EI Base Category
February 9, 2021 74 SI and EEBC Tech Pilot draw
February 16, 2021 35 SI and EEBC Invitations issued only to –

·         NOC 0621: Retail and wholesale trade managers, and

·         NOC 0631: Restaurant and food service managers.

[Note. – This draw was conducted separately.]

459 SI and EEBC Temporary suspension on 31 occupations lifted.

Effective February 16, 2021, the BC PNP resumed issuing ITAs to the 31 occupations previously excluded from draws.

February 23, 2021 87 SI and EEBC Tech Pilot draw
March 2, 2021 26 SI and EEBC Invitations issued only to –

·         NOC 0621: Retail and wholesale trade managers, and

·         NOC 0631: Restaurant and food service managers.

418 SI and EEBC Included the 31 occupations previously excluded due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
March 9, 2021 95 SI and EEBC Tech Pilot draw

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