British Columbia Held Tech Pilot Draw, extends Entrepreneur Pilot

Double delight awaits for Canadian immigration aspirants as British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) made two major announcements. 


The first announcement was the release of the Tech Pilot draws result that was held on March 23. A total of 95 invitations were issued to eligible candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.

On receiving a successful nomination, the eligible candidates can apply with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence.

The second announcement was about the extension of the Entrepreneur Immigration (EI) Regional Pilot until March 31, 2024. 

This extension will help communities welcome new entrepreneurs to their regions, and be well-positioned to support recovery post-pandemic,” the government announcement states.

A total of 65 communities have enrolled in the initial pilot phase.” It will boost regional immigration to the province.  

Qualify for BC PNP Tech Pilot 

March 23 draw invitations went to candidates registered in the federal Express Entry pool. Another category of candidates was nominated from the province’s Skills Immigration (SI) stream. 

Those who wish to apply under the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories will have to create a separate profile under the province’s Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

The SIRS is a point-based system that assesses applicants’ skilled and scores them on factors like level of education, work experience, proficiency in English, and location of employment. The candidates are scored out of a maximum of 200 points. 

March 23 draws selected candidates having a minimum provincial score of 80 in all categories. 

The BC PNP says most applications are processed within two to three months.

29 Eligible Tech Occupation- BC PNP Tech Pilot

BC PNP started a weekly Tech Pilot draw in 2017 to attract foreign talent in the growing BC’s tech sector. The pilot is now available to nominate skilled workers for 29 occupations as mentioned below. The Tech pilot is open until June 2021 and may extend beyond. 

Occupation NOC
Telecommunication carriers managers 0131
Computer and information systems managers 0213
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 0512
Civil engineers 2131
Mechanical engineers 2132
Electrical and electronics engineers 2133
Chemical engineers 2134
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 2147
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
Database analysts and data administrators 2172
Software engineers and designers 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174
Web designers and developers 2175
Biological technologists and technicians 2221
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2241
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 2242
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2243
Computer network technicians 2281
User support technicians 2282
Information systems testing technicians 2283
Authors and writers 5121
Editors 5122
Translators, terminologists, and interpreters 5125
Broadcast technicians 5224
Audio and video recording technicians 5225
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts 5226
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography, and the performing arts 5227
Graphic designers and illustrators 5241
Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade 6221

Qualify for Entrepreneur Immigration

The Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot allows British Columbia to work in partnership with regional communities of less than 75,000 people to welcome approved immigrant entrepreneurs who want to open a new business.

All interested foreign entrepreneurs must complete an exploratory visit to the community where they wish to set up their business and must obtain a community referral before registering for the pilot. Get in touch with our business formation experts to understand the process better. 

Further, successful candidates are granted a temporary work permit on the basis of which you can apply for a provincial nomination from British Columbia. Eventually, you can obtain a permanent residence along with your family in a quick time.  

Good Time to Migrate to Canada is Now!

With the unveiling of the much-awaited Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023, now is definitely the right time to migrate to Canada. Over the next three years, Canada is planning to welcome more than 1.2k new immigrants to support their economy as well as ageing demography. 

About 50% of such immigrants each year are expected to come from economic-class programs like Federal Skilled Workers Programs, Canada Experience Class, Provincial Nominee Programs, etc. The likely beneficiaries are foreign skilled workers with/without work experience in Canada, international students aspiring to study and settle in Canada, and foreign entrepreneurs looking to establish their business in Canada.

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility to qualify under the mentioned occupations.

CRS Calculator

Recent changes to the evaluation criteria of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) used for Express Entry profiles are aimed at increasing the francophone or French-speaking population outside the Quebec region by 2023. 

All these also strengthen the fact that Canada is the most preferred migrant destination, ahead of Australia and the USA. Wait for no further and contact CanApprove to know your best immigration programs. 

Book your free consultation and kickstart your immigration plans now! 

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