British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held a new Tech Pilot nomination draw on May 18.
A total of 82 immigration candidates with work experience in selected occupations received an invitation to apply (ITA) for provincial nomination. These candidates are just one step away from obtaining permanent residency to settle in Canada.
The province issued invitations to eligible candidates under its Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) categories. All the invited candidates were from Skilled Worker & International Graduate sub-categories who required a minimum provincial score of 80 to qualify.
BC PNP Tech Pilot
The BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for in-demand tech workers and international students.
The mandatory criteria for qualification under Tech Pilot include:
- Registration through Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams, EEBC or SI;
- A valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.
All the registered applicants are evaluated and given a score which is based on the level of education, years of direct work experience and having a job offer in the province.
Express Entry candidates are in an advantageous position as they gain additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score on receiving a successful provincial nomination. This will effectively guarantee an ITA in the upcoming federal Express Entry draw.
Consider 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.
Canada Extends Travel Restrictions To June 21
One may wonder if travel restrictions are still in place, how is Canada extending invitations to apply for permanent residency.
The Canadian borders are closed for non-essential travel such as entertainment, shopping, or tourism. However, certain individuals including:
- permanent residents and their family members,
- temporary foreign workers,
- International students attending a learning institution with a COVID-19 readiness plan are exempted.
This opens the scope for immigration authorities to continue with their annual allocation target to issue nominations for permanent residency.
Candidates who are already present in Canada or have prior work/study experience in Canada are being considered for PR nominations. It is expected that more than 1.2 million new immigrants will be welcomed to Canada through various economic-class programs like Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs by 2023.
Once Canada completes the vaccination of over 75% of its population, it will slowly open its borders to the world for non-essential travel. Until then, the travel restrictions are extended to June 21.
After that, it may lead to the resurgence of the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) which happens to be the most preferred pathway for permanent residency. Under it, foreign workers with no previous work experience or job offer in Canada may obtain ITAs in subsequent Express Entry draws.
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