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72 IT workers invited in latest BC PNP Tech Pilot draw

Posted on October 9, 2020
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BC PNP Tech Pilot draw

In the latest provincial draw held on October 6, 2020, another 72 tech candidates have received invitations – to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence – from the province of British Columbia in Canada.

Earlier, BC PNP had ended the month of September with the biggest draw of 2020.

Launched in 2017, Tech Pilot draws held under British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP] invite immigration candidates in any of the 29 key tech occupations. The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended until June 2021.

The Tech Pilot of British Columbia is not a separate stream or category as such. In order to be eligible for receiving an invitation through the BC PNP Tech Pilot draw, the candidate must be registered in any of the existing BC PNP streams and also have a valid job offer of a minimum of 12 months in any of the eligible occupations for the Tech Pilot.

For applying for the Express Entry BC or Skills Immigration categories of the BC PNP, the candidate must begin the process with the creation of their profile through the BC PNP’s online portal, registering under the Skills Immigration Registration System [SIRS].

A score – referred to as the SIRS score – is allotted to the candidates based on factors such as their location of employment in BC, language proficiency, work experience, and education level.

The latest BC PNP Tech Pilot draw on October 6 invited 72 tech candidates from 4 categories. The minimum score required was 80 across the categories.

Overview of the October 6 BC PNP Tech Pilot draw – 72 invitations issued

Category Minimum Score
EEBC – Skilled Worker 80
EEBC – International Graduate 80
SI – Skilled Worker 80
SI – International Graduate 80

On successfully securing a nomination through the BC PNP, the candidate can then proceed to applying to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC] for Canadian permanent residence through the Provincial Nominee Program [PNP].

A provincial nomination fetches an additional 600 points towards the ranking score – the Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] score – of a profile while in the Express Entry pool. Hence, a provincial nomination is a guarantee of the individual receiving an Invitation to Apply [ITA] in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw that is held.

The BC PNP Tech Pilot provides an expedited Canada immigration pathway to individuals with tech skills applying for Canada PR and having the potential of contributing to “BC’s shared prosperity”.

As per the BC PNP, “Processing times for 80% of BC PNP applications is 2-3 months from receipt. Tech Pilot applications are typically processed in shorter timeframes”.

BC PNP draws in 2020 so far

[I] Skills Immigration and Express Entry draws

Date Invitations issued Details
January 7, 2020 173
January 14, 2020 70 Tech Pilot draw
January 21, 2020 58 Tech Pilot draw
January 28, 2020 284
February 4, 2020 85 Tech Pilot draw
February 11, 2020 83 Tech Pilot draw
February 19, 2020 53 Tech Pilot draw
February 27, 2020 290
March 3, 2020 80 Tech Pilot draw
March 10, 2020 332
March 17, 2020 87 Tech Pilot draw
March 30, 2020 311 Certain occupations excluded.
April 7, 2020 147 Tech Pilot draw
April 16, 2020 271 Certain occupations excluded.
April 21, 2020 91 Tech Pilot draw
April 29, 2020 75 Tech Pilot draw
May 7, 2020 237 Certain occupations excluded.
May 12, 2020 92 Tech Pilot draw
May 19, 2020 170 Certain occupations excluded.
May 26, 2020 133 Tech Pilot draw
June 2, 2020 241 Certain occupations excluded.
June 9, 2020 87 Tech Pilot draw
June 16, 2020 276 Certain occupations excluded.
June 23, 2020 87 Tech Pilot draw
June 30, 2020 314 Certain occupations excluded.
July 7, 2020 57 Tech Pilot draw
July 14, 2020 320 Certain occupations excluded.
July 21, 2020 62 Tech Pilot draw
July 28, 2020 34 Tech Pilot draw
August 7, 2020 437 Certain occupations excluded.
August 11, 2020 52 Tech Pilot draw
August 18, 2020 302 Certain occupations excluded.
August 25, 2020 72 Tech Pilot draw
September 1, 2020 428 Certain occupations excluded.
September 8, 2020 67 Tech Pilot draw
September 15, 2020 407 Certain occupations excluded.
September 22, 2020 74 Tech Pilot draw
September 29, 2020 450 Certain occupations excluded.
October 6, 2020 72 Tech Pilot draw
TOTAL invitations in 2020 so far – 6,961.

[II] Entrepreneur Immigration [EI]

Date Category Invitations issued
January 14, 2020 EI – Regional Pilot 7
January 14, 2020 EI – Base Category 18
February 4, 2020 EI – Regional Pilot 5
February 4, 2020 EI – Base Category 14
April 6, 2020 EI – Regional Pilot 18
June 2, 2020 EI – Regional Pilot 9
June 2, 2020 EI – Base Category 29
July 28, 2020 EI – Regional Pilot 5
July 28, 2020 EI – Base Category 7
September 1, 2020 EI – Regional Pilot <5
September 1, 2020 EI – Base Category 6
TOTAL invitations in 2020 so far – 123 approx.

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