The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers
All Tech Pilot candidates invited by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) are required to have a job offer that is at least one year (365 days) in duration in one of the pilot’s29 in-demand occupations.
The July 21 draw saw invitations issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.
Selected candidates in all the subcategories needed a minimum provincial score of 80.
Candidates registered under the Express Entry BC categories will be awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) if their provincial nomination application is approved. These points effectively guarantee an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence at a later federal Express Entry draw.
The rest of the candidates invited under the Skills Immigration categories will have applications for Canadian permanent residence processed directly by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) once a provincial nomination is issued by British Columbia.
Any individual interested in immigrating to British Columbia through the BC PNP categories must begin the process by creating an online BC PNP online profile. However, only applicants under the Skilled Worker, Entry Level and Semi-Skilled, and International Graduate categories are required to register to the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) to obtain a score.
Latest BC PNP Tech Pilot figures
The province has held 15 tech draws in 2020, including this one, with over 1,500 people receiving provincial nominations so far this year.
Recent data show that last year was a big year for B.C. immigration in terms of registrants, nominees, and the Tech Pilot.
The number of Tech Pilot nominations was 1,509 in 2019, a 33 per cent increase over 2018. Tech Pilot nominations accounted for 23 per cent of all nominations, up from 17 per cent in 2018.
British Columbia’s Tech Pilot program was launched in 2017 and is expected to run until June 2021.
In addition, it should be noted that B.C. continues to invite foreign workers and graduates in non-tech occupations.
Eligible occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot
- Telecommunication carriers managers 0131
- Computer and information systems managers 0213
- Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 0512
- Civil engineers 2131
- Mechanical engineers 2132
- Electrical and electronics engineers 2133
- Chemical engineers 2134
- Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 2147
- Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
- Database analysts and data administrators 2172
- Software engineers and designers 2173
- Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174
- Web designers and developers 2175
- Biological technologists and technicians2221
- Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2241
- Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 2242
- Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2243
- Computer network technicians 2281
- User support technicians 2282
- Information systems testing technicians 2283
- Authors and writers 5121
- Editors 5122
- Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5125
- Broadcast technicians 5224
- Audio and video recording technicians 5225
- Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts 5226
- Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts 5227
- Graphic designers and illustrators 5241
- Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade 6221