In the latest draw on November 3, 2020, British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP] has issued a total of 76 invitations to Canada immigration hopefuls.
As this was a BC PNP Tech Pilot draw, the eligible candidates were required to have a valid job offer in any of the 29 key occupations.
Providing an expedited immigration pathway for international students and in-demand IT workers, the BC PNP Tech Pilot will run until June 2021.
The previous BC PNP draw was held on October 27, 2020. The October 20 PNP draw by BC PNP, on the other hand, was a Tech Pilot draw.
According to the BC PNP, “Processing times for 80% of BC PNP applications is 2-3 months from receipt. Tech Pilot applications are typically processed in shorter timeframes.”
Operating through the existing provincial immigration streams of BC PNP, the Tech Pilot is not a separate stream or category as such.
In the latest BC PNP draw, invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates under Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC.
The minimum provincial score required was 80 across all the categories. The Skills Immigration Registration System [SIRS] of the BC PNP is a points system that allots a score to the candidate following an evaluation.
Factors that determine the provincial score – also referred to as the SIRS score, are – work experience, level of education, proficiency in English, as well as the location of employment in BC.
Overview of the October 20 BC PNP Tech Pilot draw – Total 76 invitations issued
Skills Immigration [SI] and Express Entry BC [EEBC]
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||80|
|EEBC – International Graduate||80|
|SI – Skilled Worker||80|
|SI – International Graduate||80|
From its launch in May 2017, the BC PNP Tech Pilot has supported the nomination of more than 4,200 tech workers for permanent residence in Canada. The Pilot ensures that the technology sector in the province of British Columbia “can attract and retain the talent it needs to sustain and grow the sector further”.
In order to be considered eligible by BC PNP for the Tech Pilot, the applicant must fulfil all requirements of their job offer in BC. Their job offer must be –
|Under any of the 29 tech occupations|
|For a minimum of 1 year’s duration|
|With at least 120 remaining of the job offer at the time of applying|
Under the BC PNP Tech Pilot, weekly invitations are issued to qualified registrants that have valid job offers in any of the 29 key occupations.
Candidates that have received an invitation will have 30 days for submitting a complete application to the BC PNP.
Express Entry candidates that are successful in securing a PNP nomination are allotted an additional 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score, thereby ensuring that they are issued an invitation to apply for Canada PR in the next federal Express Entry draw.
The latest all-program Express Entry Draw #165 held on October 14, 2020, had a minimum CRS score requirement of 471.
BC PNP – Skills Immigration and Express Entry draws in 2020
|January 7, 2020||173||–|
|January 14, 2020||70||Tech Pilot draw|
|January 21, 2020||58||Tech Pilot draw|
|January 28, 2020||284||–|
|February 4, 2020||85||Tech Pilot draw|
|February 11, 2020||83||Tech Pilot draw|
|February 19, 2020||53||Tech Pilot draw|
|February 27, 2020||290||–|
|March 3, 2020||80||Tech Pilot draw|
|March 10, 2020||332||–|
|March 17, 2020||87||Tech Pilot draw|
|March 30, 2020||311||Certain occupations excluded.|
|April 7, 2020||147||Tech Pilot draw|
|April 16, 2020||271||Certain occupations excluded.|
|April 21, 2020||91||Tech Pilot draw|
|April 29, 2020||75||Tech Pilot draw|
|May 7, 2020||237||Certain occupations excluded.|
|May 12, 2020||92||Tech Pilot draw|
|May 19, 2020||170||Certain occupations excluded.|
|May 26, 2020||133||Tech Pilot draw|
|June 2, 2020||241||Certain occupations excluded.|
|June 9, 2020||87||Tech Pilot draw|
|June 16, 2020||276||Certain occupations excluded.|
|June 23, 2020||87||Tech Pilot draw|
|June 30, 2020||314||Certain occupations excluded.|
|July 7, 2020||57||Tech Pilot draw|
|July 14, 2020||320||Certain occupations excluded.|
|July 21, 2020||62||Tech Pilot draw|
|July 28, 2020||34||Tech Pilot draw|
|August 7, 2020||437||Certain occupations excluded.|
|August 11, 2020||52||Tech Pilot draw|
|August 18, 2020||302||Certain occupations excluded.|
|August 25, 2020||72||Tech Pilot draw|
|September 1, 2020||428||Certain occupations excluded.|
|September 8, 2020||67||Tech Pilot draw|
|September 15, 2020||407||Certain occupations excluded.|
|September 22, 2020||74||Tech Pilot draw|
|September 29, 2020||450||Certain occupations excluded.|
|October 6, 2020||72||Tech Pilot draw|
|October 13, 2020||417||Certain occupations excluded.|
|October 20, 2020||80||Tech Pilot draw|
|October 27, 2020||354||Certain occupations excluded.|
|November 3, 2020||76||Tech Pilot draw|
|TOTAL invitations in 2020 so far – 7,888.|
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