72 IT workers invited in latest BC PNP Tech Pilot draw

latest BC PNP Tech Pilot draw

BC PNP Tech Pilot Continues to Shine: October 6 Draw Issues 72 Invitations


In the latest Provincial draw on October 6, 2020, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) continued its remarkable streak, extending invitations to 72 candidates with tech expertise to apply for permanent residence in Canada. This draw comes on the heels of BC PNP’s record-setting draw at the end of September, capping off a successful year for the Tech Pilot initiative.

Understanding BC PNP Tech Pilot: The Tech Pilot, initiated in 2017 under BC PNP, is not a standalone category but an integral part of the existing BC PNP streams. To qualify for the Tech Pilot draw, candidates must be registered in one of the existing BC PNP streams and hold a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the 29 designated tech occupations.

Eligibility Criteria: To begin the process, candidates must create a profile through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) for Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories. The SIRS score, based on factors like employment location, language proficiency, work experience, and education level, determines eligibility.

The October 6 Draw Snapshot:

  • Invitations Issued: 72
  • Minimum Score Across Categories: 80

Categories and Minimum Scores:

  • EEBC – Skilled Worker: 80
  • EEBC – International Graduate: 80
  • SI – Skilled Worker: 80
  • SI – International Graduate: 80

Path to Canadian Permanent Residence: Once candidates secure a nomination through BC PNP, they can apply for Canadian permanent residence through the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). A provincial nomination adds 600 points to a candidate’s Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in the Express Entry pool, virtually guaranteeing an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.

BC PNP Tech Pilot Advantages:

  • Expedited Process: Tech Pilot applications are typically processed faster, with an average timeline of 2-3 months.
  • Immigration Pathway for Tech Professionals: The Tech Pilot caters to individuals with tech skills, offering a streamlined path to Canada PR and contributing to British Columbia’s technological landscape.

Overview of BC PNP Draws in 2020: The BC PNP draws in 2020 reflect a consistent commitment to inviting skilled professionals to contribute to the province’s economic growth. The Tech Pilot draws, interspersed with certain occupation-specific draws, have created diverse opportunities for prospective immigrants.

Total Invitations in 2020 (so far): 6,961

Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Draws:

  • Total Invitations in 2020 (approx.): 123


BC PNP’s Tech Pilot continues to stand as a beacon for tech professionals seeking a pathway to Canadian permanent residence. The October 6 draw reinforces British Columbia’s commitment to welcoming skilled individuals who can enrich the province’s dynamic workforce. As the Tech Pilot extends until June 2021, aspiring immigrants with tech prowess can look forward to more opportunities on this accelerated immigration pathway. Stay tuned for further updates on BC PNP draws and immigration trends!

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