BC PNP Tech Stream: Which Occupations Qualify?

British Columbia Issues At Least 214 Invitations In New PNP Draw
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Priority Canada immigration processing is offered to 29 targeted occupations through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program’s BC PNP Tech stream. 

As the leading pathway to permanent residence for foreign technology workers, BC PNP Tech includes a concierge service that includes a guaranteed next-business-day assignment of applications in one of the outlined occupations.

The pathway prioritizes technology sector applications for existing BC categories. This means candidates still need to meet the basic requirements of each British Columbia immigration category, including a minimum one-year job offer from a BC employer.

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The program mainly draws from BC’s streams for Skilled Workers and International Graduates.

In 2021, 1,697 nominations were issued through BC PNP Tech, accounting for 27.3 percent of the skilled workers nominated by the province. This was slightly down on the previous year, possibly due to the impact of COVID-19 on the ability to bring in immigrants from abroad. 

BC PNP Tech’s long list of eligible occupations and ease of access for employers places it above other similar programs, including Ontario’s Tech Draws and the federal Global Talent Stream.

Read on to discover the 29 eligible occupations. Please be aware that the National Occupational Classification codes are subject to change with the imminent launch of NOC 2021.

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What Are The 29 Target Occupations Under BC PNP Tech?

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-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
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