British Columbia issued invitations to 67 Express Entry and professional immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR visa through its technical pilot program on September 8.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration route for in-demand tech workers and international students to apply for provincial nomination. All technical pilot candidates invited by the British Columbia Nominee Program (BC PNP) must have a job offer of at least one year in one of the 29 in-demand occupations of the pilot.
During the September 8 draw, invitations were sent to applicants from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories of the BC Express Entry (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams. Candidates selected in all subcategories had to achieve a minimum provincial score of 80 points.
Applicants registered in the BC Express Entry categories will receive an additional 600 points for their CRS score if their application for Provincial Nomination is approved. These points effectively guarantee an ITA for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent federal round of invitation.
Other invited applicants in the immigration skill categories will have their application for Canadian permanent residence processed directly by IRCC once a provincial nomination is issued by British Columbia.
To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories, applicants must first create a profile through BC PNP’s online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). All applications are assessed and assigned a score based on factors such as education level, work experience, English proficiency, and location of employment.
Major features of BC PNP Tech Pilot
BC PNP round of invitations aimed specifically at tech workers began in May 2017. The province has a thriving tech industry with a few big names in the tech world based in Canada’s westernmost province.
In addition to fostering access to skills and talent for workers in the province, the goal of the technology pilot is to enable businesses to attract skilled workers from around the world.
British Columbia province is working to ensure that the presence of tech entrepreneurs and skilled workers from other countries can contribute to the growth of the tech sector and that this translates into more jobs for British Columbians.
The job offer must be in one of the targeted 29 tech occupations of at least a minimum of one year of duration. Some of these tech occupations are as follows:
British Columbia sends out weekly invitations to top-rated tech registrants. According to the BC PNP website, the processing time for most BC PNP requests is 2-3 months from receipt. As with Pilot Tech, requests are usually processed within a shorter time frame.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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