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BC PNP holds its first draw of November 2020

BC PNP Tech Pilot draw

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]

Category Minimum Score
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

Date Invitations issued Details
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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