The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been rebranded as BC PNP Tech and is now a permanent immigration stream. It was initially introduced in 2017. It is a list of 29 target occupations with flexible time requirements (as given below).
Beginning in May 2017, BC PNP draws aimed just at technology personnel. The province has a thriving technology sector, with some of the world's most well-known technology companies headquartered in Canada's westernmost province.
Invitations are distributed weekly through the province's tech program to the highest-scoring applicants who meet the qualifying requirements.
Candidates who are requested to submit an application for a provincial nomination must do so within the stipulated time frame. The majority of technology applications will thereafter be processed within two to three months.
If approved, candidates will get a nomination confirmation letter from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), which may be used to apply for permanent residence through the Provincial Nominee Program Class. PNP applicants obtain 600 points for their Comprehensive Ranking System score, and so have a very good chance of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence via Express Entry.
BC PNP Tech Job Requirements
A job offer for one of the 29 targeted vocations is required
The job offer must be for at least one year
At the time of application, the job offer must be valid for at least 120 days
The 29 Target Occupations Under BC PNP Tech:
NOC 0131 Telecommunication carriers’ managers
NOC 0213 Computer and information systems managers
NOC 0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
NOC 2131 Civil engineers
NOC 2132 Mechanical engineers
NOC 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
NOC 2134 Chemical engineers
NOC 2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
NOC 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers
NOC 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
NOC 2175 Web designers and developers
NOC 2221 Biological technologists and technicians
NOC 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
NOC 2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
NOC 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
NOC 2281 Computer network technicians
NOC 2282 User support technicians
NOC 2283 Information systems testing technicians
NOC 5121 Authors and writers
NOC 5122 Editors
NOC 5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
NOC 5224 Broadcast technicians
NOC 5225 Audio and video recording technicians
NOC 5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
NOC 5226 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
NOC 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
NOC 6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade