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British Columbia PNP: 95 invited in latest Tech Pilot draw

British Columbia PNP 95 invited in latest Tech Pilot draw

The province of British Columbia in Canada has held its latest round of invitations under the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].

On March 23, 2021, a total of 95 Canada immigration candidates received invitations through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP].

Selected candidates have been invited to apply for a provincial nomination – through British Columbia – for theirCanadian permanent residence.

As this was a BC PNP Tech Pilot draw, only candidates with their occupation under any of the 29 key tech occupations were considered.

Extended until June 2021, the BC PNP Tech Pilot offers tech employers within the province the ability to recruit as well as retain international talent wherever local skilled workers are unavailable.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot is not a separate stream or category as such. The Tech Pilot issues invitations to candidates – with job offers in any of 29 tech occupations – under the existing categories of Skills Immigration [SI] and Express Entry BC [EEBC].

To be eligible for the BC PNP Tech Pilot, the candidate must have –

·         A valid job offer under any of the 29 eligible occupations,

·         Their job offer for a minimum of 1 year [365 days] in duration, and

·         At least 120 days remaining of their job offer at the time of applying to the BC PNP.

As per the BC PNP, “We issue weekly invitations to qualified registrants who have valid job offers in the 29 key technology occupations”.

So far, since its launch in May 2017, the BC PNP Tech Pilot has supported 4,200+ tech workers to be nominated for their Canda PR.

An expedited immigration pathway, the BC PNP Tech Pilot is specifically targeted at individuals with tech skills applying for Canadian permanentresidence that will contribute to the shared prosperity of the province.

An Overview of March 23 BC PNP Tech Pilot draw

 

Total invitations issued: 95

Immigration Streams 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 [SIRS], an online points-based application management system.

The primary difference between the categories of SI and EEBC lies in that while the EEBC is linked with the federal Express Entry system, the SI category runs independently.

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An Express Entry candidate that is able to secure a PNP nomination – through any of the Express Entry-aligned PNP ‘streams’ or immigration pathways – is automatically allotted 600 points towards their ranking score.

Express Entry profiles are ranked against one another based on the Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] that has a maximum of 1,200 points available. Of which, 600 points are for human capital factors, such as age, work experience, education, language ability etc.

Another 600 ‘additional’ points are kept for factors such as a PNP nomination, arranged employment in Canada etc.

With the CRS 600 boost got by a PNP nomination, that Express Entry candidate is guaranteed an invitation by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] in the subsequent federal draw to be held.

In 2020, a total of 9,310 invitations were issued by the BC PNP under thecategories of SI and EEBC.

BC PNP draws in 2021

Total invitations issued so far: 2,535

·         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
March 16, 2021 78 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.]

428 SI and EEBC
March 23, 2021 95 SI and EEBC Tech Pilot draw

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