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British Columbia immigration has conducted a new draw targeting 29 IT occupations

British Columbia Invites 62 Candidates In New BC PNP Tech Pilot Draw

British Columbia immigration has conducted a new draw targeting 29 IT occupations through the BC PNP Tech Pilot.

The October 22 draw saw invitations issued to 62 candidates through four British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program streams.

The Tech Pilot offers priority processing to targeted candidates through the existing streams of the BC PNP.

Minimum scores were 90 for all four included streams, which were:

  1. SI – Skilled Worker
  2. SI – International Graduate
  3. EEBC – Skilled Worker
  4. EEBC – International Graduate

Detailed requirements for all of these streams are included below.

Did You Get Invited in the October 22 B.C. Immigration Draw?

DateCategoryMinimum ScoreInvitations Issued
22-Oct-19SI – Skilled Worker90Total: 62
22-Oct-19SI – International Graduate90
22-Oct-19EEBC – Skilled Worker90
22-Oct-19EEBC – International Graduate90


The previous British Columbia immigration saw invitations issued to 277 candidates.

The October 16 draw featured invitations through five streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.

Minimum scores were up slightly on the previous general draw.

The direct provincial skilled worker stream required a minimum score of 94 points, while the Express Entry-linked skilled worker stream required 102 points to qualify.

For international graduates, the direct provincial stream saw a minimum score of 99 points, and the Express Entry-linked stream recorded a minimum score of 102 points.

Entry level and semi-skilled workers needed 80 points to qualify.

Did You Get Invited in the October 15 B.C. Immigration Draw?

DateCategoryMinimum ScoreInvitations Issued
15-Oct-19SI – Skilled Worker94Total: 277
15-Oct-19SI – International Graduate99
15-Oct-19SI – Entry Level & Semi-Skilled80
15-Oct-19EEBC – Skilled Worker102
15-Oct-19EEBC – International Graduate102


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 CodeJob Title
0131Telecommunication carriers’ managers
0213Computer and information systems managers
0512Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2133Electrical and electronics engineers
2134Chemical engineers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171Information systems analysts and consultants
2172Database analysts and data administrators
2173Software engineers and designers
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175Web designers and developers
2221Biological technologists and technicians
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281Computer network technicians
2282User support technicians
2283Information systems testing technicians
5121Authors and writers
5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224Broadcast technicians
5225Audio and video recording technicians
5227Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5226Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
6221Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

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

The B.C. PNP publishes the scores immigrants need to guarantee an invitation for Canada immigration under its programs.

The score needed for an international graduate is 30 points below a skilled worker under both the Canada Express Entry and provincial stream.

For entry-level and semi-skilled workers, that score is lower again.

BC PNP: Scores Needed for Guaranteed Invitation

CategoryGuaranteed Registration Score
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker135
Express Entry BC – International Graduate105
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker135
Skills Immigration – International Graduate105
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled95


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