B.C. invited 56 immigration candidates who work in key technology occupations to apply for a provincial nomination on July 13. These invitations were issued through the BC PNP Tech, which is part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).
Candidates who received invitations in this draw were from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories and needed a minimum provincial score of 80. Invited candidates have 30 calendar days to apply for the nomination.
About the BC PNP Tech program
The BC PNP Tech was launched in May 2017 as a pilot project following a labour market study that found the biggest issue facing B.C.’s technology sector was access to talent. Due to the success of the project, B.C has recently announced that it would become a permanent program.
This fast-track immigration program is for in-demand tech workers and international students. Candidates need to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of 29 eligible occupations to qualify for this stream.
Invitations through the province’s tech program are sent out weekly to the top-scoring candidates who meet the eligibility requirements.
Candidates who are invited to apply for a provincial nomination will need to submit a complete application. Once this is done, most tech applications will be processed within two to three months.
If they are 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.