The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) held its fourth tech draw of 2022. It resulted in invitations to apply for provincial nominations under its new permanent Tech stream.
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program Tech draw is a fast-track, employer-driven immigration program. It targets international students and in-demand tech workers including engineers to apply for provincial nominations.
February 15 BC PNP Tech draws nominated 140 such tech workers to eventually qualify for Canada permanent residency.
The invited candidates must meet the requirements of either Express Entry or Skills Immigration provincial categories to qualify. Both these categories are managed by the Skills & Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Eligible profiles are assessed and evaluated on SIRS based on criteria like age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and others.
Invited candidates were required to have a higher provincial score of 85 points and above in this BC PNP draw. The average qualifying score witnessed in previous draws was 75 points.
The Provincial Nominee Program gives interested aspirants to live and work in British Columbia and a path to Canada permanent residency in a few years.
Qualify for Upcoming BC PNP Tech Program
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 processes most tech applications within two to three months.
Last year, British Columbia upgraded its pilot Tech program into a permanent residence program. It was expected to boost the immigration of in-demand tech workers and international students in the province.
So far in 2022, British Columbia has issued 840 invitations to apply for provincial nomination.
Apply for Canada Permanent Residency
Canada is expecting to admit over 800,000 new immigrants over the next three years through economic-class programs like Express Entry, Provincial Nominee Programs, or the Quebec programs.
Since the launch of Express Entry in 2015, all the Provincial Nominee Programs have had at least one dedicated stream that selects eligible candidates directly from the federal pool. A successful provincial nomination will guarantee an invitation to apply for Canada permanent residency in subsequent federal nomination draws. It is because 600 points will be add to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score linked to your Express Entry profile.
In a recent interview, Minister Sean Fraser also hinted at resuming Express Entry draws for Canada permanent residency to skilled workers qualifying under FSWP and CEC programs.
CanApprove recommends you enter the Express Entry pool as earlier as possible to increase your chances of qualifying for Canada permanent residency in near future. The profile is valid for up to two years.
Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility.
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