British Columbia invites 95 Tech Pilot candidates in new draw and extends Entrepreneur Immigration Pilot
British Columbia (B.C.) issued 95 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on March 23.
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (B.C. PNP) Tech Pilot draw issued invitations to candidates in the Express Entry B.C. and Skills Immigration categories.
Invited candidates were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate sub-categories. Candidates were required to meet the minimum provincial score of 80.
B.C. has invited 2,535 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination so far this year.
To apply for the B.C. PNP Tech Pilot, candidates must create a profile through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) and register under one of its existing categories. SIRS is a point system that allows the B.C. PNP to give priority to candidates who meet the required skills.
Eligibility for the Tech Pilot is based on the candidate’s job offer or occupation.
The B.C. PNP also announced the extension of the Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot until March 31, 2024.
The Entrepreneur Immigration Regional Pilot was launched in early 2019. The pilot allows the B.C. PNP to work in partnership with regional communities of less than 75,000 people to welcome approved immigrant entrepreneurs who want to open a new business.
To be eligible, communities must be located more than thirty (30) kilometers from a population centre of more than 75,000 people.
Entrepreneurs who are interested in this pilot must complete an exploratory visit to the community they wish to start a business in. Candidates must also obtain a community referral before registering.
Successful entrepreneur candidates are granted a temporary work permit. The B.C. PNP may then issue a nomination for permanent residence one it determines that the business has met all the criteria outlined in a performance agreement.