The British Columbia PNP holds its first draw of 2022 on January 4th wherein it asked 102 IT employees to apply for a provincial nomination. The invites were distributed by the BC PNP Tech, a branch of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).
The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is an economic immigration method utilized by the government of British Columbia to attract experienced, in-demand foreign professionals. The program provides a pathway to permanent residency for persons who desire to live and work in British Columbia.
Candidates selected through BC's Tech draws must fulfill the requirements of one of British Columbia's Express Entry BC or Skills immigration categories overseen by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS).
Candidates for this draw received invites from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and had to have a provincial score of at least 80. Candidates who have been invited to apply for the nomination now have 30 calendar days in which to do so.
The BC PNP Tech was started in May 2017 as a pilot program in response to a labour market analysis that revealed that access to talent was the most pressing issue for BC's technology industry. Because of the project's success, BC made it a permanent program. It is intended to allow British Columbia's technology industry firms to continue attracting and selecting overseas talent when qualified individuals are not available locally.
The BC PNP Tech, in particular, is a fast-track immigration option for high-demand tech employees and overseas students. To qualify for the stream, candidates must be registered in one of BC's existing provincial immigration streams and have a legitimate work offer for at least 12 months in one of 29 approved occupations.
Job offers under the BC PNP Tech must be for at least a year, with at least 120 days left when applying to the BC PNP. It must also be full-time and from a recognized employer in the jurisdiction. Invitations are granted weekly to the highest-scoring candidates who match the qualifying standards through the province's tech program.
Candidates who are requested to submit an application for a provincial nomination must do so. The majority of technology applications will thereafter be processed within two to three months. If approved, applicants will get a nomination confirmation letter from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that may be used to apply for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program Class.
PNP applicants automatically receive 600 points for their Comprehensive Ranking Procedure score, giving them a very excellent chance of earning an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada under the Express Entry system.
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