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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

CategoryMinimum Score
EEBC – Skilled Worker80
EEBC – International Graduate80
SI – Skilled Worker80
SI – International Graduate80

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

DateInvitations issuedDetails
January 7, 2020173
January 14, 202070Tech Pilot draw
January 21, 202058Tech Pilot draw
January 28, 2020284
February 4, 202085Tech Pilot draw
February 11, 202083Tech Pilot draw
February 19, 202053Tech Pilot draw
February 27, 2020290
March 3, 202080Tech Pilot draw
March 10, 2020332
March 17, 202087Tech Pilot draw
March 30, 2020311Certain occupations excluded.
April 7, 2020147Tech Pilot draw
April 16, 2020271Certain occupations excluded.
April 21, 202091Tech Pilot draw
April 29, 202075Tech Pilot draw
May 7, 2020237Certain occupations excluded.
May 12, 202092Tech Pilot draw
May 19, 2020170Certain occupations excluded.
May 26, 2020133Tech Pilot draw
June 2, 2020241Certain occupations excluded.
June 9, 202087Tech Pilot draw
June 16, 2020276Certain occupations excluded.
June 23, 202087Tech Pilot draw
June 30, 2020314Certain occupations excluded.
July 7, 202057Tech Pilot draw
July 14, 2020320Certain occupations excluded.
July 21, 202062Tech Pilot draw
July 28, 202034Tech Pilot draw
August 7, 2020437Certain occupations excluded.
August 11, 202052Tech Pilot draw
August 18, 2020302Certain occupations excluded.
August 25, 202072Tech Pilot draw
September 1, 2020428Certain occupations excluded.
September 8, 202067Tech Pilot draw
September 15, 2020407Certain occupations excluded.
September 22, 202074Tech Pilot draw
September 29, 2020450Certain occupations excluded.
October 6, 202072Tech Pilot draw
TOTAL invitations in 2020 so far – 6,961.

[II] Entrepreneur Immigration [EI]

Date CategoryInvitations issued
January 14, 2020EI – Regional Pilot7
January 14, 2020EI – Base Category18
February 4, 2020EI – Regional Pilot5
February 4, 2020EI – Base Category14
April 6, 2020EI – Regional Pilot18
June 2, 2020EI – Regional Pilot9
June 2, 2020EI – Base Category29
July 28, 2020EI – Regional Pilot5
July 28, 2020EI – Base Category7
September 1, 2020EI – Regional Pilot<5
September 1, 2020EI – Base Category6
TOTAL invitations in 2020 so far – 123 approx.

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