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British Columbia Issues 67 Invitations In New BC PNP Tech Pilot Draw

British Columbia has targeted skilled workers and international graduates in a new draw focusing on the BC PNP Tech Pilot.

The November 5 draw saw 67 invites issued to candidates with skills and experience in 29 targeted technology occupations.

Through the Tech Pilot, candidates receive priority processing for existing British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program streams.

In the latest draw, Minimum scores were 90 for all four featured streams. Those streams were: 

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

Did You Get Invited in the November 5 B.C. Immigration Draw?

DateCategoryMinimum ScoreInvitations Issued
05-Nov-19SI – Skilled Worker90Total: 67
SI – International Graduate90
EEBC – Skilled Worker90
EEBC – International Graduate90

Source: www.welcomebc.ca


The previous British Columbia immigration draw saw invitations issued to 413 candidates.

The October 29 draw focused on five British Columbia immigration streams.

For skilled workers, the minimum score for the direct provincial stream was 93 points, compared to 99 points through the Express Entry-linked stream.

For international graduates, the minimum score for the direct provincial stream was 100 points, compared to 102 points through the Express Entry-linked stream.

Entry-level and semi-skilled workers required a minimum score of 77 points to qualify.


Did You Get Invited in the October 29 B.C. Immigration Draw?

DateCategoryMinimum ScoreInvitations Issued
29-Oct-19SI – Skilled Worker93Total: 413
SI – International Graduate100
SI – Entry Level & Semi-Skilled77
EEBC – Skilled Worker99
EEBC – 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 the 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
5122Editors
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 the 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

Source: www.welcomebc.ca

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