Canadian provinces have been continuing their immigration programs even during the pandemic. During a recent draw, British Columbia issued invitations to 52 immigration candidates who have a job offer in the technology sector of the province. The successful candidates will now be able to submit their application for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
Details of the draw:
The Tech Pilot draw, organized by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), was held on August 11. Candidates belonging to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories received invitations. The selected candidates belonging to the International Graduate and Skilled Worker subcategories required a minimum provincial score of 80. The province has issued invitations to almost 5,500 candidates so far in 2020, allowing them to apply for a provincial nomination in British Columbia.
The minimum required score of 80 points has been more or less constant for Tech Pilot draws since the middle of June.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot is popular among international students and in-demand tech workers who want a fast-track immigration pathway. The pilot project came into existence in 2017, and it has been extended many times since then. Currently, it is set to expire in June 2021.
Candidates who want to be eligible for the Tech Pilot should be registered in any of the province’s existing provincial immigration streams. They should also have a valid job offer spanning at least 12 months in one of the 29 eligible occupations listed by the Tech Pilot.
If you are a prospective candidate who wants to apply under the Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories should create a profile under the BC PNP’s online portal. They must also register through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). All the applicants are assessed on the basis of certain factors.