2020-03-23 – British Columbia immigration has issued 87 invitations to skilled workers and international graduates in a new BC PNP Tech Pilot draw.
B.C. is the only province to conduct a draw this week, as the coronavirus outbreak took serious hold in Canada.
The March 17 B.C. draw featured invitations through four streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.
The minimum scores were 90 for all four streams. The featured streams were:
- SI – Skilled Worker
- SI – International Graduate
- EEBC – Skilled Worker
- EEBC – International Graduate
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Did You Get Invited in the March 17 B.C. Immigration Draw?
|Date||Category||Minimum Score||Invitations Issued|
|17-Mar-20||SI – Skilled Worker||90||Total: 87|
|SI – International Graduate||90|
|EEBC – Skilled Worker||90|
|EEBC – International Graduate||90|
The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended into 2020 after its initial launch in 2017. It currently has a list of 29 target occupations with relaxed duration requirements.
BC PNP draws aimed specifically at technology workers started in May 2017. The province has a thriving technology industry with some big names of the tech world basing themselves in Canada’s westernmost province.
What Are The BC PNP Tech Pilot Job Requirements?
- Job offer must be for one of the 29 targeted occupations (see below)
- Job offer must be for at least one-year duration
- Job offer must be valid for at least 120 days at the time of application
What Are The 29 Target Occupations Under the BC PNP Tech Pilot?
|NOC Code||Job Title|
|0131||Telecommunication carriers’ managers|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers|
|0512||Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineers|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|2173||Software engineers and designers|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|2175||Web designers and developers|
|2221||Biological technologists and technicians|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|2242||Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)|
|2243||Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics|
|2281||Computer network technicians|
|2282||User support technicians|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians|
|5121||Authors and writers|
|5125||Translators, terminologists and interpreters|
|5225||Audio and video recording technicians|
|5227||Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts|
|5226||Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts|
|5241||Graphic designers and illustrators|
|6221||Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade|
A coveted provincial nomination effectively guarantees selection under the Canada Express Entry System, worth 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.
British Columbia immigration recently announced it will stop publishing scores for guaranteed Invitations to Apply through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.
Instead, the province says candidates can see the scores required by viewing the draw details published each week since 2016 when it launched its version of Expression of interest immigration.
Previously, the province had published a list of scores that would guarantee an ITA through one of five streams:
- Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
- Express Entry BC – International Graduate
- Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
- Skills Immigration – International Graduate
- Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled
A BC PNP statement said: “In the past, a guaranteed invitation score for each category was posted (subject to change) to illustrate the minimum points that an individual would need to be guaranteed an invitation to apply.
“The points were based on a sampling of pre-2016 BC PNP applications.
“Since 2016, we have posted the scores for each draw. Applicants are able to view current and historical invitation to apply scores on our website which we will continue to update.”