On June 29, B.C. invited 52 IT-related immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination.
The BC PNP Tech, which is part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), issued the fresh invitations.
Those selected through B.C.’s Tech draws must meet the requirements of one of the Express Entry BC or Skills immigration categories regulated by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate category who won invitations in yesterday’s draw need a provincial score of 80.
Candidates who have been invited to apply for the nomination have 30 days to do so.
The Tech Pilot in British Columbia is now a permanent programme.
Following a labour market assessment, the BC PNP Tech was introduced in May 2017 as a pilot programme, with the largest issue confronting B.C.’s technology sector being access to talent. This year, British Columbia (B.C.) said that the programme would be extended indefinitely.
In-demand tech workers and overseas students are eligible for this fast-track immigration scheme. To be eligible, candidates must be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid 12-month job offer in one of 29 eligible occupations.
Unlike the other BC PNP streams, job offers under BC PNP Tech must be full-time and from an approved employer in the province for a minimum of one year, with at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP.
The province’s tech programme sends invitations to the top-scoring candidates who meet the eligibility standards on a weekly basis.
Candidates who are invited to submit a complete application for a provincial nomination have 30 days to do so. Most tech applications will be processed in two to three months after this is completed.
If approved, candidates will obtain a nomination confirmation letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which they can use to apply for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program Class.