Since the beginning of 2021, British Columbia has issued 7601 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination
In the most recent draw of August 24th, British Columbia asked 74 candidates working in vital technology jobs to apply for a provincial nomination. The BC PNP Tech, a component of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program, issued the new invitations (BC PNP).
Those invited via BC's Tech draws must fulfil the requirements of one of the Express Entry BC or Skills immigration categories administered by the Skills and Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Candidates with a provincial score of at least 80 were invited for this draw under the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories. Candidates who have been invited to apply for the nomination must do so within 30 calendar days.
The BC PNP Tech was launched as a pilot program in May 2017 in response to a labour market analysis that found that the most important issue for BC's technology sector was a shortage of talent. Because of the project's success, British Columbia has decided to make it a permanent program. The province has permanently extended and renamed the BC PNP Tech pilot program to allow BC technology enterprises to continue seeking and selecting international talent when qualified skilled individuals are not available locally.
BC PNP Tech is a popular immigration program for IT workers and international students. To be eligible under the stream, candidates should be registered in one of the current provincial immigration streams of British Columbia and that too with a real job offer of at least 1 year under the 29 authorised occupations. The required tenure for Job offers under the BC PNP Tech must be for at least one year and should have at least 120 days remaining during the time of the BC PNP application. It must also be full-time and from an employer approved by the province.
Weekly invitations to the eligible and top-scoring candidates are sent under the province's tech program. Candidates who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination must do so. The majority of technology applications will then be processed within two to three months. Approved candidates will receive a nomination confirmation letter from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) that can be used to apply for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program Class.
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