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The immigration authorities in British Columbia continued attracting IT workers by using the BC PNP Tech Pilot in the provincial draw held on March 19. They issued 37 invitations in four BCPNP streams catering to skilled workers as well as international graduates. Moreover, the provincial (direct stream) and Skilled Worker Express Entry stream had the score requirement of 89 points only. This requirement was 97 points for provincial and EE international graduate streams.

Getting an Invitation in the Draw

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
19-March-19 (Technology only) EEBC – Skilled Worker 89 Total: 37
EEBC – International Graduate 97
SI – Skilled Worker 89
SI – International Graduate 97
In the previous draw of March 12 the province issued 35 invitations, through the Tech Pilot. Moreover, the provincial (direct stream) and Skilled Worker Express Entry stream had the minimum score requirement of 89 points only. This requirement was 97 points for provincial and EE global graduate streams.

Details of the March 12 Draw

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
12-March-19 EEBC – Skilled Worker 89 Total: 35
EEBC – International Graduate 97
SI – Skilled Worker 89
SI – International Graduate 97
The BC PNP Tech Pilot extended to 2019 after its 2017 launch. Presently it has covers 29 occupations and also has relaxed requirements duration. B.C. PNP draws has a specific task of attracting technology workers and a Tech Pilot was started in May 2017. The technology industry of the province is thriving and is also associated with a few major names of the technological world.

The Job Requirements in Tech Pilot

  • A Job offer in one of the 29 occupations  as per the list below
  • Job offer having a one-year duration
  • Its  validity must be for 120 days at the applying time

29 Specific Occupations of the Tech Pilot

NOC Code Job Title
0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
5121 Authors and writers
5122 Editors
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technicians
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5226 Other technical and co-coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
Receiving the provincial nomination is a guarantee for selection under the Canadian Express Entry System, by adding 600 CRS points. Additionally, The Program publishes a score which the immigrants need, to get a guaranteed invitation for immigration in various   programs. The requirement in scoring for a global graduate is 30 points lower in comparison to the skilled workers in Canadian EE and also in the provincial stream. Furthermore, it is low again for semi-skilled/entry-level workers.

BC PNP: Scores Necessary for a Guaranteed Invitation

Category Guaranteed Registration Score
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker 135
Express Entry BC – International Graduate 105
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 135
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 105
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 95
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