B.C. PNP invites 92 tech workers; announces coronavirus policies

posted on May 13, 2020

By CIC News |

Canada’s westernmost province invited 92 immigration candidates under its Tech Pilot stream on May 12, 2020. It has also unveiled new details on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting its PNP operations.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) continues to answer inquiries, receive, and process applications, assess final reports, process post-nomination requests as well as hold regular draws through its Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC and Entrepreneur Streams.

May 12, 2020 B.C. Tech Pilot Draw sees 92 immigration candidates invited for permanent residence

B.C. also holds weekly Tech Pilot draws through which candidates with job offers in 29 eligible occupations are invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Launched in 2017, the purpose of the Tech Pilot is to help B.C.’s technology sector recruit ICT workers to address job vacancies.

On May 12, B.C. issued 92 invitations through its latest Tech Pilot draw. Invitations were made to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate programs in both the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams. The minimum score required for candidates in both programs was 80, which marks a 5 point decline compared with last week’s draw which had a cut-off score of 85.

PNP-specific Express Entry draws and PNP draws in B.C. and other provinces such as Ontario are resulting in more tech immigration candidates being invited to apply for Canadian permanent resident status, which is due to the importance of the tech sector to the Canadian economy, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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