British Columbia is steadily becoming Canada’s tech hub and, for this reason, the province is always on the lookout for skilled IT workers. To do this, the province created the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program Tech Pilot (BC PNP Tech Pilot), which expedites visa processing for skilled foreign workers in the technology sector who want to immigrate to Canada. This pilot program has been immensely popular in 2019 and has thus been extended well into 2020.
The first BC PNP Tech Pilot draw was held on the 2nd of July and issued a total of 42 invitations to apply for a provincial nominee through four of the province’s PNP streams. The minimum required score for the draw was 90 for every stream.
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How Does the BC PNP Tech Pilot Program Work?
Created due to the need for tech workers in British Columbia, the pilot program processes visa applications much faster than regular applications. To qualify, you will have to first meet the requirements of one of the traditional PNP streams, namely the Skilled Workers, Health Care Professionals, International Graduates, International Post-Graduates, and Entry Level and Semi-Skilled Workers Stream.
Another requirement of the pilot program is that you must have work experience in one of the 29 technology sector occupations identified by British Columbia immigration. These occupations range from telecommunication carriers managers to graphic designers and illustrators. For a full list of occupations see the list below.
What are the target occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot?
Telecommunication carriers managers
Computer and information systems managers
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
Electrical and electronics engineers
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
Information systems analysts and consultants
Database analysts and data administrators
Software engineers and designers
Computer programmers and interactive media developers
Web designers and developers
Biological technologists and technicians
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
Computer network technicians
User support technicians
Information systems testing technicians
Authors and writers
Translators, terminologists and interpreters
Audio and video recording technicians
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
Graphic designers and illustrators
Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
Latest British Columbia Immigration BC PNP Tech Pilot Draws
The last two draws both required applicants to have a minimum score of 90 on the British Columbia immigration assessment grid. The 2nd of July draw issued 42 invitations to apply whereas the draw that took place on the 25th of June issued 57. Your profile score is calculated according to multiple factors ultimately giving you a score out of a possible 200.
The following factors affect your assessment grid score:
- Skill level of the BC job offer
- Wage of the BC job offer
- Regional district of employment
- Directly related work experience
- Highest level of education
- Language skill
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