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British Columbia Immigration Issues 64 Invites In New BC PNP Tech Pilot Draw

British Columbia immigration has conducted a new BC PNP Tech Pilot draw, issuing 64 invitations to prospective immigration candidates.

The Tech Pilot offers priority British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program processing to candidates with skills and experience in 29 target occupations.

The October 8 draw featured minimum scores of 90 for all four included streams: 

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

A detailed breakdown of the requirements for these streams are included later in this article.

Did You Get Invited in the October 8 B.C. Immigration Draw?

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
08-Oct-19 SI – Skilled Worker 90 Total: 64
  SI – International Graduate 90
  EEBC – Skilled Worker 90
  EEBC – International Graduate 90


The previous British Columbia immigration saw 402 candidates receive invitations.

The October 1 draw featured invitations across five BC PNP streams.

The direct provincial skilled worker stream saw a minimum score of 92 points, compared to 97 for the Express Entry skilled worker stream.

For international graduates, the direct provincial stream saw a minimum score of 97 points, compared to 101 points for the Express Entry international graduate stream.

The entry-level and semi-skilled stream registered a minimum score of 78 points.

Did You Get Invited in the October 1 B.C. Immigration Draw?

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
01-Oct-19 SI – Skilled Worker 92 Total: 402
  SI – International Graduate 97
  SI – Entry Level & Semi-Skilled 78
  EEBC – Skilled Worker 97
  EEBC – International Graduate 101


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.

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 the provincial stream.

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

BC PNP: Scores Needed for 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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