British Columbia invited 52 immigrant applicants with vacancies in the province’s tech sector to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on August 11.
Today’s British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Technical Pilot Draw invited applicants in the BC Express Entry and Skills immigration categories.
Selected applicants who fell under the Skilled Worker and International Graduates subcategories were required to achieve a minimum provincial score of 80. Today’s draw saw the minimum score stay at 80 points, as has been the case for the Tech Pilot draws since mid-June.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration route for in-demand tech workers and international students.
The pilot project was launched in 2017 and has been extended several times, most recently until June 2021.
To be considered eligible under the Tech Pilot, applicants must be enrolled in one of British Columbia’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the 29 eligible occupations of the Tech Pilot.
To apply for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories, applicants must first create a profile through the BC PNP online portal and register under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Applicants are assessed and assigned a score based on factors such as education level, work experience, English proficiency, and location of employment.
British Columbia is holding weekly tech-only raffles to invite top-rated tech workers to apply for provincial nomination. Those who are invited then have 30 days to submit their full application online. Applicants must also pay a processing fee. As of August 6, 2020, the processing fee for a qualified immigration application is CAD $1,150 (formerly $700), and the fee for a review application is CAD $500 (formerly $200).
If a candidate is approved, then they can use their provincial candidates to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada in the Provincial Nominee category.
Express Entry applicants who receive a nomination from British Columbia will receive an additional 600 points for their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and will effectively be guaranteed an Invitation to Apply (ITA) during a future Federal Express Entry draw.
So far in August, British Columbia has held two big draws in its various PNP categories and streams and has invited nearly 500 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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