The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) tech draw issued 74 new invitations for immigration candidates who work in key technology occupations to apply for a provincial nomination on August 24. This brings the total tally of provincial nomination invitations issued by B.C. since the start of 2021 to 7,601.

The invited candidates must meet the requirements of one of British Columbia’s Express Entry BC and Skills immigration categories, which are managed by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Invitations were issued to candidates from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and needed a minimum provincial score of 80. The invited candidates have 30 calendar days to apply for the nomination.

About the BC PNP Tech program

In May 2017 the BC PNP Tech was launched as a pilot project following a labour market study that found the biggest issue facing B.C.’s technology sector was access to talent.

B.C has recently made it a permanent program due to the success of the project, and extended the program indefinitely. The province renamed it BC PNP Tech to allow BC technology employers to continue to attract and select international talent when qualified skilled workers are not available locally.

It is a fast-track immigration program for in-demand tech workers and international students. Candidates are required to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams with a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of 29 eligible occupations to qualify for the stream.

Contrary to other BC PNP streams, the job offers under the BC PNP Tech must be for a minimum of one year, with at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP. the job must also be full-time and from an eligible employer in the province.

Invitations through the province’s tech program are sent out weekly to the top-scoring candidates who meet the eligibility requirements.

Candidates issued an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination are required to submit a complete application. Once done, most tech applications will be processed within two to three months.

If approved, candidates will receive a nomination confirmation that can be used to apply for permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) under the Provincial Nominee Program Class.

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