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Immigration through BC PNP Tech Pilot

BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand foreign workers and international students. It aims to attract

The demand for technology talents in the Canadian province of British Columbia is increasing at a fast pace. As technology is a sector that contributes significantly towards the economic growth of the province, the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology gives utmost priority to attract and retain the best tech talents. It was with this aim, BC PNP Tech Pilot was launched under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in 2017.

What is BC PNP Tech Pilot?

BC PNP Tech Pilot is a fast-track immigration pathway for in-demand foreign workers and international students. It aims to attract skilled workers to the province of British Columbia, meet the demand for technology talent of the tech companies, and expand the technology talent pool of the province. BC PNP Tech Pilot sends invitations to qualified registrants with valid job offers in the 32 key technology occupations every week. The major advantage for candidates invited under the BC PNP Tech Pilot is that they enjoy speedier processing of their applications. But in order to be eligible, the applicants must have a full-time indeterminate job offer from an eligible BC employer.

BC PNP Tech Pilot: In-demand occupations

Under the BC PNP Tech Pilot scheme, invitations are sent to only the qualified individuals in any one of the 32 in-demand occupations identified in the 2016 Tech Talent BC Report. These occupations are identified by their respective National Occupational Classification (NOC) code. They are:

Occupation NOC
Purchasing managers 0113
Telecommunication carriers managers 0131
Computer and information systems managers 0213
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 0512
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123
Civil engineers 2131
Mechanical engineers 2132
Electrical and Electronics engineers 2133
Chemical engineers 2134
Computer engineers(Except software engineers and designers) 2147
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
Database analysts and data administrators 2172
Software engineers and designers 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174
Web designers and developers 2175
Biological technologists and technicians 2221
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2241
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 2242
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2243
Computer network technicians 2281
User support technicians 2282
Information systems testing technicians 2283
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants 4163
Authors and writers 5121
Editors 5122
Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5125
Broadcast technicians 5224
Audio and video recording technicians 5225
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts 5226
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts 5227
Graphic designers and illustrators 5241
Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade  6221

 The process

An eligible candidate can register online for the BC PNP Tech Pilot for free after which he/she will receive a registration score. In the registration process, the candidate must provide information regarding his/her supporting BC employer. The highest scoring applicants will receive invitations following the weekly tech draw of the BC PNP Tech Pilot. In order to receive the invitation, the applicant and the employer must meet all the required criteria. From the date when the applicant receives the invitation, he/she can submit a complete online application within 30 days. The application fee is $700.

The applications are processed on priority basis. The selected candidates will receive a nomination under BC PNP with which they can apply for permanent residence in Canada.

The nominated candidates who meet the conditions will receive a work permit support letter. With this letter, they can apply for or renew their work permit. It means, they can keep working throughout the process.


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