B.C. PNP invites 68 candidates in new Tech Pilot draw

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British Columbia (B.C.) invited 68 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on June 1.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (B.C. PNP) issued invitations to candidates under the province’s Tech Pilot. Now workers in the technology and information technology sector can apply for a provincial nomination and be one step closer to permanent resident status.

Eligible candidates were from the Express Entry B.C. and Skills Immigration categories of the B.C. PNP. In this draw, candidates were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate sub-categories.

To receive an invitation, candidates needed a minimum provincial score of 80, regardless of the category in which they were invited.

Candidates who received invitations now have thirty (30) calendar days to apply for the nomination.

B.C. has issued 4,876 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for a provincial nomination through its PNP so far in 2021.

The B.C. PNP Tech Pilot was launched in May 2017 to combat the issue that B.C. employers in the technology sector were facing – access to talent.

The pilot has led to more than 6,000 immigrants to become nominated for permanent residence.

The project has been extended annually for the past four (4) years but was just extended indefinitely. The extension was due to expire at the end of June, but B.C. decided to make the program permanent and rename is BC PNP Tech.

The BC PNP Tech will remain as a fast-track Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for in-demand tech workers and international students. Candidates need to have a valid job offer of at least twelve (12) months in one of 19 eligible occupations.