BC PNP Tech Pilot Draw: 91 Invitations Issued Targeting 29 Occupations

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BC PNP Tech Pilot Draw: 91 Invitations Issued Targeting 29 Occupations
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British Columbia immigration has targeted 91 IT candidates in a new BC PNP Tech Pilot draw.

The April 21 draw featured invitations through four streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program. 

Minimum scores were 85 for all four streams. The featured streams were:

  • SI – Skilled Worker
  • SI – International Graduate
  • EEBC – Skilled Worker
  • EEBC – International Graduate

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Did You Get Invited in the April 21 B.C. Immigration Draw?

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
21-Apr-20 SI – Skilled Worker 85 Total: 91
  SI – International Graduate 85
  EEBC – Skilled Worker 85
  EEBC – International Graduate 85

Source: www.welcomebc.ca


The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended into 2020 after its initial launch in 2017. It currently has a list of 29 target occupations with relaxed duration requirements.

BC PNP draws aimed specifically at technology workers started in May 2017. The province has a thriving technology industry with some big names of the tech world basing themselves in Canada’s westernmost province.

What Are The BC PNP Tech Pilot Job Requirements?

  • Job offer must be for one of the 29 targeted occupations (see below)
  • Job offer must be for at least one-year duration
  • Job offer must be valid for at least 120 days at time of application

What Are The 29 Target Occupations Under the BC PNP 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 coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

A coveted provincial nomination effectively guarantees selection under the Canada Express Entry System, worth 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

British Columbia immigration recently announced it will stop publishing scores for guaranteed Invitations to Apply through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.

Instead, the province says candidates can see the scores required by viewing the draw details published each week since 2016 when it launched its version of Expression of interest immigration.

Previously, the province had published a list of scores that would guarantee an ITA through one of five streams:

  1. Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker
  2. Express Entry BC – International Graduate
  3. Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker
  4. Skills Immigration – International Graduate
  5. Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled

A BC PNP statement said: “In the past, a guaranteed invitation score for each category was posted (subject to change) to illustrate the minimum points that an individual would need to be guaranteed an invitation to apply. 

“The points were based on a sampling of pre-2016 BC PNP applications.

 “Since 2016, we have posted the scores for each draw. Applicants are able to view current and historical invitation to apply scores on our website which we will continue to update.”

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