Latest B.C. Tech Pilot draw issues 92 invitations

Alexandra Miekus
Published: December 16, 2020

B.C. issued invitations to immigration candidates through the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration (SI) streams on December 15.

The EEBC stream is for candidates with a valid profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system, which is Canada’s main pathway for skilled immigrants who are hoping to obtain Canadian permanent residence.

The SI stream is for skilled and semi-skilled workers whose occupations are in high demand in the province of B.C.

Both streams allow candidates to apply under various categories.

Candidates selected in today's draw all needed a minimum provincial score of 80 and were from the following categories:

  • SI - Skilled Worker
  • SI - International Graduate
  • EEBC - Skilled Worker
  • EEBC - International Graduate

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot was launched in 2017 to assist employers in attracting potential immigrants in the Information Technology (IT) sector and to facilitate the immigration process for foreign tech workers and international students.

The BC PNP sends weekly Tech Pilot invitations to eligible candidates with a valid one-year job offer in one of the program's specified 29 occupations. The job offer must also have at least 120 days remaining at the time of application.

Find out if you’re eligible for Canadian immigration

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from British Columbia will be awarded an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal draw.

In order to be considered for immigration to British Columbia through the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories, individuals must first create a profile through the BC PNP online portal and register under the program's Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Latest BC PNP Tech Pilot figures

The province of British Columbia has conducted 27 tech-only draws so far in 2020 through its BC PNP, with the most recent draw prior to today's draw taking place on December 1, 2020.

Aside from tech pilot draws, B.C. also invites foreign workers and graduates in non-tech occupations every two weeks.

The province has been holding these draws regularly despite the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, on September 29, B.C. held its largest draw of the year.  A total of 450 Express Entry and Skills Immigration candidates were invited in that draw. Over the past two months, B.C. has maintained that steady trend, issuing on average about 350 invitations during its draws.

Find out if you’re eligible for Canadian immigration

© 2020 CIC News All Rights Reserved

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at media@canadavisa.com
Related articles
How to be considered for jobs in Canada while still in the Express Entry pool
A person having an online interview with a recruiter
How to improve your IELTS Score?
A woman is with an examiner from the IELTS test.
Can I count student work experience towards the Express Entry work requirement?
Two people sitting at a table looking at a tablet working on a project.
The state of the Express Entry pool: April 2024
A collage of a group of people preforming various actions in a single photo
Top Stories
Canada’s immigration minister proposes new legislation for Canadian citizenship by descent
IRCC now accepting community applications for two new pilot programs
How to be considered for jobs in Canada while still in the Express Entry pool
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
Subscribe
More in Express Entry
How to be considered for jobs in Canada while still in the Express Entry pool
A person having an online interview with a recruiter
Can I count student work experience towards the Express Entry work requirement?
Two people sitting at a table looking at a tablet working on a project.
The state of the Express Entry pool: April 2024
A collage of a group of people preforming various actions in a single photo
Will my job offer get me Comprehensive Ranking System points as an Express Entry candidate?
Multiracial group of colleagues working on business reports during the meeting
Link copied to clipboard