British Columbia in Canada has held its latest round of provincial invitations. On February 9, 2021, a total of 74 invitations have been issued by the BC Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP] to Canada immigration candidates with their profession in any of the 29 key tech occupations.
The Tech Pilot of the BC PNP is not a separate category or program as such.
It is through the Tech Pilot – extended until June 2021 – that tech employers in BC are provided the ability of recruiting and retaining international talent wherever local skilled workers are unavailable.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot is an expedited Canada immigration pathway for individuals with tech skills applying for Canadian permanent residence.
Applications in the 29 key technology occupations have priority processing. As per 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.”
Since being launched in May 2017, over 4,200+ tech workers have been nominated for Canada PR by British Columbia through the Tech Pilot.
In order to be eligible for the Tech Pilot, in addition to having their job among the 29 eligible occupations, the job offer of the candidate must be for a minimum of 1 year, with the job offer having at least 120 days left at the time of applying to the BC PNP.
In the latest BC PNP draw, invitations – to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR – were issued through the categories of Skills Immigration [SI] and Express Entry BC [EEBC].
While the SI category is for those with the “skills, experience and qualifications” required by the employers in BC, the EEBC is for those with the skills to fill a high-demand occupation in BC.
|An Overview of the February 9 BC PNP Tech Draw|
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||80|
|EEBC – International Graduate||80|
|SI – Skilled Worker||80|
|SI – International Graduate||80|
As the EEBC is linked with the federal Express Entry system, an Express Entry candidate that is able to secure a BC PNP nomination will automatically get 600 CRS points, thereby boosting their profile to the top of the Express Entry pool.
Hence, a provincial nomination is a guarantee of an Express Entry candidate being invited by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
It is the highest-ranked candidates that are issued Invitations to Apply [ITAs] in the federal Express Entry draws that are held.
BC PNP draws in 2021
Total invitations issued so far: 814
|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|
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