British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada. It is famous for its mountain ranges and the Pacific coastline. It has nature areas like Glacier National Park, having trails for biking and hiking as well as campgrounds. However, Whistler Blackcomb is a famous ski resort that hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010. It has scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway links Whistler with Vancouver. Vancouver is a famous city for its film industry. Overall, British Columbia is a great place to live, and that’s why many people migrate to B.C. every year through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
On November 10, B.C. invited 358 immigration candidates to apply for the provincial nomination to get permanent residency. However, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has issued invitations via the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams.
B.C. invited candidates under the Skilled Worker, Entry-Level, Semi-Skilled, and International Graduate subcategories. Moreover, the minimum requirement of the score for the successful candidates was as follows:
- Skills Immigration: International Graduate: 94 points
- Skills Immigration: Skilled Worker: 93 points
- Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled: 75 points
- Express Entry BC: International Graduate: 93 points
- Express Entry BC: Skilled Worker: 92 points
However, due to the impact of corona virus on B.C. business, several occupations were not listed in this draw. The BC PNP page shows a list of excluded occupations.
B.C. is holding draws under its different PNP categories and streams weekly.
If you want to apply for the Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories, you must first create a profile through the BC PNP’s online portal. You can register for its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
The evaluation and scores of applicants are based on factors like education, proficiency in English, and work experience, and location of employment. In case of approval, the applicants can make use of provincial nomination to apply for permanent residence with IRCC under the Provincial Nominee Program.
Express Entry applicants who obtain a nomination from British Columbia will get an additional 600 points for their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
Such individuals will effectively get an Invitation to Apply in the future federal Express Entry draw. B.C. issues invitation every week under its Tech Pilot.
B.C. PNP Tech Pilot
It is a fast-track immigration pathway for skilled IT professionals and international students. It works through exiting provincial immigration streams of B.C. In order to get consideration for immigration to British Columbia through this program. However, candidates should have a valid job offer in any of 29 eligible occupations.
Eligible occupations for this program include civil engineers, computer and information systems managers, web designers and developers, translators, and audio and video recording technicians, among many other professions.
Compared to other BC PNP streams that need an offer of permanent employment, Tech Pilot job offers should have a minimum duration of at least a year. However, employment offers having a term of more than one year will still be eligible under the pilot. It is also necessary that a job offer should be full-time and from any eligible employer of the province.
Invited candidates can apply for a provincial nomination program within 30 days to submit a complete application.