British Columbia Decides To Make Tech Pilot Project A Permanent Immigration Program


After analysing the exceptional performance delivered by the British Columbia Tech Pilot project, the province has finally given its acceptance to continue it as a permanent immigration program. 

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Since its launch in 2017, Tech Pilot has been instrumental in fast-tracking the immigration of eligible foreign workers and international students belonging to specific tech occupations. Through regular weekly draws from the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) pool of immigration candidates, the pilot project has played a significant role in the growth of British Columbia’s booming tech sector. 

The release read, “Despite the impact of COVID-19, use of the Tech Pilot has continued to steadily increase, with 1,855 tech workers nominated in 2020—an increase of 23 per cent over the 1,509 nominated the previous year and a 63 per cent increase over the 1,135 nominated in 2018. Since inception, the Tech Pilot has supported more than 6,000 tech workers to be nominated for permanent residency in B.C. 

The current pilot is set to expire on June 30, 2021, and it is expected to be renamed and become a permanent immigration program to issue provincial nominations for Canada PR. 

How To Qualify For Canada PR Through BC PNP Tech Pilot? 

Since the Tech Pilot project is not considered a separate stream or category under the BC PNP, those willing to apply must first create a profile through the province’s online portal, the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

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

The highest-scoring candidates receive invitations to apply for provincial nominations. It takes them one step closer to obtaining permanent residency in Canada. BC PNP says most applications for provincial nominations are processed within two to three months. 

Additionally, the Tech Pilot only nominates candidates with skilled work experience in selected 29 occupations, as mentioned below. 

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

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

Entrepreneur Immigration Through BC PNP

The Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot allows British Columbia to partner 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 to set up their business and 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 based on applying for a provincial nomination from British Columbia. Eventually, you can obtain a permanent residence along with your family in a quick time.  

The 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 plans to welcome more than 1.2 million new immigrants to support their economy and ageing demography. About 60% 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. 

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. 

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