British Columbia has been inviting skilled candidates into the province actively since the beginning of 2021. The pandemic lowered the immigration intake last year and Canadian provinces spent 2021 trying to compensate somewhat for the loss.
British Columbia happens to attract thousands of potential immigrants every year because of its flexible job market and high wages. It relies on the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to browse the Express Entry pool to search for eligible candidates and issue invitations accordingly.
Details of the draw
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held its latest draw via the Tech Pilot on October 19 and issued 85 invitations to eligible skilled candidates. The province has now invited close to 10,000 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in 2021. The BC PNP acts as a reliable immigration route and allows British Columbia to acquire experienced, in-demand foreign workers. The candidates become permanent residents by living and working in the province.
The October 19 draw was held under the Tech Pilot which means that the 85 invited workers were associated with tech occupations. They satisfied the eligibility requirements of either the Express Entry BC or the Skills immigration category. British Columbia manages both these categories with the help of the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
The BC PNP Tech aims to improve the technology sector’s access to talent so that the provincial economy can progress in a balanced manner. The program was introduced as pilot to begin with but was turned into a permanent program after it became immensely popular.
British Columbia targeted candidates in the International Graduate and Skilled Worker subcategories in the October 19 draw. The minimum required score was 75.