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British Columbia issues invitations to 72 IT workers during new PNP draw

Peter Fey

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Express Entry draw for Canadian PR

The pandemic has not kept Canadian provinces from welcoming immigrants who can benefit their economies.

British Columbia organized a PNP draw on October 6 in order to invite candidates via four streams under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The province issued the invitations specifically to immigration candidates engaged in the technology sector during the express entry draw. Successful candidates will be able to submit their application for a provincial nomination, which could help them attain permanent residence more easily.

Details of the PNP draw

The October PNP draw witnessed the distribution of 72 invitations via the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot under four different streams. Candidates belonging to the International Graduate and Skilled Worker subcategories in the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams were invited in this invitation round. The minimum score requirement for applicants belonging to both the subcategories was 80. There was no change in score from the other tech express entry draws that have been organized since mid-June.

British Columbia organizes Tech Pilot draws every week in order to target candidates who have job offers in any of the listed 29 eligible occupations. The invited candidates are allowed to apply for a provincial nomination. Securing the nomination will give a boost to their CRS scores, almost guaranteeing them an invitation during the next Express Entry draw.

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What is the Tech Pilot?

The Tech Pilot was launched in 2017 in order to boost the province’s technology sector and recruit more IT workers who can meet the existing labor market needs. Candidates who want to be considered for the Tech Pilot should be registered in any of the existing provincial immigration streams offered by British Columbia. They should also hold a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the eligible occupations.

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