British Columbia issued 62 Invitations to Apply (ITA) for immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in the latest BC PNP Tech Pilot draw which held on 21st July.
The Invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued to foreign tech workers and international students through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand tech workers and for the international students.
All the Tech Pilot candidates invited by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) are must require to have a job offer that is at least 1 year (365 days) in duration and must be in one of the pilot’s 29 in-demand occupations.
In this latest draw of 21st July, we saw that the invitations issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams. The selected immigration candidates in all the subcategories needed a minimum provincial score of 80.
The immigration 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 and these points which effectively guarantee an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
The rest of the immigration candidates who invited under the Skills Immigration categories will have applications for Canadian permanent residence which is processed directly by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) once a provincial nomination is issued by the province of British Columbia.
Any individual candidate interested in immigrating to British Columbia through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (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 British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) to obtain a score.
The province of British Columbia has held 15 tech draws in this year 2020, including this one, with over 1,500 people receiving provincial nominations so far this year.
According to the data, it shows that last year was a big year for British Columbia immigration in terms of registrants, nominees, and the Tech Pilot.
The number of Tech Pilot nominations was 1,509 in the year 2019 which is a 33 percent increase over the previous year 2018.
The Tech Pilot nominations accounted for 23 percent of all nominations which is up from 17 percent in 2018.
The British Columbia’s Tech Pilot program was launched in the year 2017 and is expected to run until June 2021.
In addition, it should be noted that British Columbia continues to invite foreign workers and graduates in non-tech occupations.