The Canadian provinces have been doing a great job of maintaining the immigration process during the pandemic. British Columbia has extended invitations to 4,000 immigration candidates so far in 2020. All the successful candidates can apply for provincial nomination.
Proceedings of the recent draw:
Recently, British Columbia issued invitations to 87 immigration candidates who managed to secure a job offer in the tech sector of the province.
The draw, held on June 23, granted the opportunity to candidates for getting a provincial nomination for permanent residence. The Tech Pilot draw was organized as part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), and it distributed invitations among candidates belonging to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC and categories. All the selected candidates were a part of the International Graduate and Skilled Worker subcategories. They were required to have a minimum provincial score of 80.
The June 23 draw maintained the minimum score requirement in the low 80s. The Tech Pilot draws have shown this trend since the beginning of May. The BC PNP Tech Pilot acts as a fast-track immigration pathway for international students and tech workers who can meet the demands of the labor market.
British Columbia introduced the pilot project back in 2017, and it has had several extensions. Recently, the pilot was further extended until June 2021.
If candidates want to be eligible for this program, they must register themselves in any of British Columbia’s existing provincial immigration streams. They should also have a valid job offer with duration of at least 12 months in any of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations. Candidates who want to apply for the Express Entry BC or the Skills Immigration categories candidates can create their profiles via BC PNP’s online portal. They have to register under the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
All the applicants are assigned a score on the basis of human capital factors like level of education, proficiency in English, work experience, as well as location of employment.