22 Oct British Columbia Issues 80 Invitations in the New Tech Pilot Draw
On October 20, 2020, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 80 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) under the technology sector to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
BC PNP Tech Pilot draw issued ITAs to candidates under the Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories as explained in the table below:
Selected candidates who were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories needed a minimum provincial score of 80.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot offers an expedited immigration pathway for people with tech skills applying to be permanent Canadian residents who will contribute to B.C.’s shared prosperity.
In order to be considered eligible for this program, candidates need to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and the job offers under the BC PNP Tech Pilot must meet the following criteria:
- The job offer must be for a single job in one of the 29 occupations eligible under the BC PNP Tech Pilot;
- The job offer must be at least one year in duration (365 days); and
- There must be at least 120 calendar days remaining on the job offer at the time of application;
- Longer duration job offers, including indeterminate (permanent, or with no set end date) job offers, are also eligible.
Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an ITA in a future federal Express Entry draw.
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