British Columbia Vancouver False Creek.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program's Tech Pilot invited 28 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on February 19. 

The pilot issues invitations to eligible foreign tech workers with a valid job offer in one of 29 in-demand priority occupations in the province.

Skilled Worker and International Graduate candidates in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams were invited. 

In order to qualify under the EEBC streams, candidates must be registered under both the federal Express Entry system and province's Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS)

Candidates who obtain a provincial nomination under the EEBC streams receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

The Tech Pilot was launched in 2017 to attract and retain skilled workers and ensure the province's tech sector can meet its growing labour market needs.

Candidates invited in the February 19 tech draw must demonstrate a one-year full-time job offer — with at least 120 calendar days remaining at the time of applying— instead of the BC PNP's standard requirement of a permanent, full-time job offer, which applies to most immigration categories under the program.

Find out more about the eligibility requirements of the BC PNP Tech Pilot

Use the CanadaVisa Skills Immigration Registration System Calculator to determine how many points you may be awarded under the BC PNP If you are interested in immigrating to Canada through the BC PNP.

The minimum scores for each category involved in this draw were as follows:

Date Category Minimum Score Required Number of ITAs Issued

February 19, 2019

EEBC – Skilled Worker 85


EEBC – International Graduate 94
SI - Skilled Worker 85
SI – International Graduate 94

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