provincial nominee program

New British Columbia Tech Pilot draw issues 80 invitations

British Columbia Express Entry PNP

British Columbia B.C. is one of the most desirable and top places to settle and work in Canada. Every year, thousands of professionals move to British Columbia, B.C., for work under the Provincial Nominee Program.

British Columbia B.C. is desirable for its magnificent scenery and moderate climate. However, it is famous for its diverse culture, competitive wages, high standard of living, and more.  

Recently, British Columbia has issued around 80 invitations for candidates to apply for a provincial nomination. However, it was the second draw of the year 2021 to invite skilled workers in the province.

This draw happened on January 12 under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)’s Tech Pilot.

Moreover, immigration candidates having job offers in the technology sector of British Columbia get invitations to apply. However, they can apply for a provincial nomination through weekly draws.

Candidates who received the invitation in the latest draw were from International Graduate and Skilled Worker subcategories. However, they are under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. streams.

Express Entry Candidates

Moreover, Express Entry candidates who applied for and received a nomination under Provincial Nominee Program from British Columbia will get an additional 600 CRS points. However, such candidates will get priority for an invitation to apply for Canadian PR.

British Columbia was one of the first Canadian provinces to kick off the New Year with new ITA for provincial nominations. However, the province held its first draw last week. This draw happened on January 5, 2021.

A total of 168 candidates received invitations to apply in this draw. These candidates can apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Candidates received invitations under the following sub-categories during that draw:

  • International Graduate
  • Skilled Worker
  • Entry-Level
  • Semi-Skilled

The B.C. PNP makes use of a point-based system called the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). However, these points determine if a candidate will get an invitation to apply in the invitation round.

However, candidates get points on the basis of the following factors like level of education, years of experience, and employment offer in B.C.

Applicants who received ITAs will have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation. They can submit a complete application through the BC PNP Online registration system. However, an invitation to apply doesn’t guarantee that the applicant will get approval for a nomination.

Tech Pilot

The government introduced Tech Pilot in 2017. However, this pilot provides a fast-track pathway to get Canadian PR for international talent, having a job offer in one of the 29 eligible tech occupations of the pilot.

However, the job offer should be at least one year in duration and having at least 120 days remaining. It should be at least 120 days remaining at the time of application.

The B.C. PNP Tech Pilot supports skilled workers’ attractions and helps to satisfy the demand for in-demand tech talent. It expands the technology talent pool of the province.

However, B.C. PNP Tech Pilot has been extended several times since its launch. This pilot is currently operational until June 2021.

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