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BC PNP Tech Pilot

2017-09-15 18:57

BC PNP Tech Pilot

The Province of British Columbia launched a new PNP program, called BC PNP Tech Pilot in August 2017. As the demand for talent in BC’s tech sector is increasing faster than supply, this program is to expedite the application processing of immigration candidates in key in demand occupations. The BC PNP Tech Pilot supports the attraction of skilled workers in technology sector and to satisfy the demand for tech talent by expanding BC's talent pool of skilled workers.


The BC PNP Tech Pilot features:
  • Dedicated concierge service
    • Tech employers have access to relevant immigration information.

  • Weekly invitations for tech registrants to apply
    • Tech employers have timely access to qualified individuals in the 32 eligible key tech occupations.

  • Priority processing
    • Dedicated BC PNP Tech Team and next business day assignment of tech applications in the 32 in-demand

  • Focused outreach and engagement
    • BC PNP sessions and events tailored for the tech sector, including one-on-one employer support.

The BC PNP will issue invitations weekly to qualified registrants who have a valid job offer in one of the 32 eligible occupations.

Applicants need a full-time, indeterminate job offer from an eligible employer in BC. The BC PNP offers different categories for individuals under its Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), depending on their job, work experience, and level of education.


The process of BC PNP Tech Pilot:
  • Registration: According to the eligible category, candidate needs to register online in SIRS and receive a registration score. Registration is free.

  • Weekly Invitation: BC PNP will conduct a tech draw weekly to invite the highest-scoring technology sector registrants to apply.

  • Application: Invited candidates have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete online application. The BC government application fee is $700.

  • Priority Processing: BC PNP will process the application on a priority basis.

  • IRCC Application: If approved, the applicant receives a nomination approval letter and he or she can use it to apply for permanent residence.

  • Permanent Residence

Note: The nominees can be provided with a work permit support letter. They can apply for or renew their work permit with this support letter, without requiring a LMIA.

32 In-Demand Occupations of BC PNP Tech Pilot

Occupation NOC
Purchasing managers 0113
Telecommunication carriers managers 0131
Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 0512
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123
Civil engineers 2131
Mechanical engineers 2132
Electrical and electronics engineers 2133
Chemical engineers 2134
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 2147
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
Database analysts and data administrators 2172
Software engineers and designers 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174
Web designers and developers 2175
Biological technologists and technicians 2221
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2241
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 2242
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2243
Computer network technicians 2281
User support technicians 2282
Information systems testing technicians 2283
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants 4163
Authors and writers 5121
Editors 5122
Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5125
Broadcast technicians 5224
Audio and video recording technicians 5225
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts 5226
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts 5227
Graphic designers and illustrators 5241
Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade 6221



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