Latest British Columbia invites IT workers under Express Entry and Skills Immigration PNP category

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Continuing its nominations streak, British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invited 72 immigration candidates in the technology sector to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.  

The nominations in the BC PNP draw held on October 6 were issued through BC Tech Pilot as the province majorly targeted candidates from the Information Technology (IT) sector. 

Such candidates were selected from Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams. 

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Eligibility Requirements 

Any candidate willing to secure a Provincial nomination from British Columbia will have to be registered under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

The registered profiles are assessed and evaluated based on level of education, work experience, English proficiency and location of employment. Candidates scoring above a particular cut-off Provincial score gets nominated. 

The minimum required score for applicants in October 6 draws was 80. 


In fact, the cut-off score seems to be the same since mid-June. 


All the nominated applicants will get up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit their complete application via the BC PNP Online registration system.

If approved, the applicants can use their provincial nomination to apply for permanent residency in Canada. All they have to do is apply with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and register for the PNP-specific Express Entry program. 

Express Entry is not a Visa option but a federally managed immigration database to select candidates with/without job offers or Canadian work experience under the three federal programs. 

Any candidate is selected based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score which is based out of 1200 points. Candidates with a Provincial nomination may get upto 600 points, thereby effectively guaranteeing a permanent residency in a subsequent Express Entry draws


Take this free online assessment to check your eligibility for various BC PNP streams. 

The current state of nomination draws at BC PNP

All seems quite well at BC PNP. Despite the imposed travel restrictions, BC PNP had already issued over 6,000 nominations to apply for Canada PR in 2020.  

Infact, only a few other provinces such as Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba have been able to issue more provincial nominations this year. 

The month of September was very eventful for BC PNP as it held seven nomination draws. It resulted in inviting nearly 1500 candidates to apply for provincial nominations throughout the month. The province even released its largest nomination draw in 2020 giving away 450 nominations under Express Entry and Skills Immigration category. 

British Columbia Tech Pilot is regarded as a game-changer since its launch in 2017. It is a BC PNP dedicated stream to eligible candidates even with no permanent, full-time job offer but having work experience in one of the 29 in-demand Tech occupations in the province. The province is most likely to extend the pilot program’s validity by another year. Otherwise, it is even considering making it a permanent stream. 

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