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British Columbia extends Tech Pilot to June 2020 Two-year-old pilot provides fast track to Canadian permanent residence for tech workers in 29 eligible occupations

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British Columbia’s Tech Pilot will continue until June 2020, the province’s immigrant nominee program announced June 3. 

Introduced by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in 2017, the Tech Pilot provides a fast-tracked pathway to Canadian permanent residence for international talent with a job offer in one of the pilot’s 29 eligible tech occupations.

The job offer must be at least one year in duration and have at least 120 days remaining on it at the time of application.

Eligible candidates in the Skilled Workers and International Graduates categories of the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. streams are issued invitations to apply in weekly draws.

Express Entry candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination from British Columbia receive an additional 600 points toward their ranking score and are prioritized for an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The BC PNP said it is extending the pilot “to provide B.C. tech employers with the continued ability to recruit and retain international talent.”

To find out more about the BC PNP’s Tech Pilot, visit this dedicated page.

Find out if you are eligible to enter the Express Entry pool

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