The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held a new tech draw on December 14, issuing invitations to apply for provincial nominations.
The new Tech draw by British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program is an employer-driven, fast-track immigration program. It mainly targets international students and in-demand tech workers.
December 14 BC PNP Tech draw nominated 71 such tech workers.
The invited candidates qualify for either Express Entry or Skills Immigration provincial categories. The Skills & Immigration Registration System (SIRS) manages both categories. Eligible profiles are assessed and evaluated based on human capital criteria like age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and others.
Invited candidates had a provincial score of 80 points and above in this draw. This is five points higher than the previous qualifying score of 75 points.
Qualify for Upcoming British Columbia PNP Tech Program
Earlier this year, British Columbia upgraded this pilot Tech program into a permanent residence program. It will boost the immigration of in-demand tech workers and international students in the province.
Generally, the Provincial Nominee Program requires eligible candidates to have work experience and a valid job offer. BC PNP Tech program requires immigration candidates to have work experience in one of 29 eligible occupations.
Some in-demand tech occupations include:
- Web designers & developers,
- Graphic designers, and illustrators,
- Software engineers and designers,
- Civil Engineers,
- Mechanical Engineers,
- Chemical Engineers,
- Software Engineers,
- Tech Managers,
- Media technicians,
- Writers/Editors etc.
Invited candidates will need to submit a complete application within the next 30 days. The province processed most tech applications within two to three months.
Apply for Canada Permanent Residency
After receiving a nomination confirmation from the province, you can apply for permanent residence. You can create an Express Entry profile and qualify under the Provincial Nominee Program Class.
A successful provincial nomination will guarantee an invitation to apply for permanent residence in subsequent federal nomination draws. It is because 600 points get added to your Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score linked to your Express Entry profile.
Canada held its largest PNP-only Express Entry draws inviting up to 1,032 ITAs for PR.
British Columbia now becomes the only Provincial Nominee Program to issue around 12,000 invitations for a provincial nomination in 2021. The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program follows next with just over 10,000 invitations this year.
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