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Graduates and Skilled Workers Invited in BC Tech-Pilot

April 2018, 14
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On April 11th British Columbia has issued 27 invitations to seek provincial nomination in the tech-pilot of the province. This will help the skilled workers and graduates under.

Additionally, this invitation round, gives a priority to candidates, who have a job offer, in any of the 32 eligible occupations. This pilot commenced in 2017 to help the authorities to attract and retain overseas graduates and tech workers in the province.

The eligibility norms

The eligibility norms of the BC PNP Tech-Pilot are that the candidates must have a registration in Skilled Immigration system of BC. Furthermore they must also meet eligibility criteria for the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration Stream categories.

Successful Candidates who have their applications in Express Entry BC, Skilled Worker and Express Entry BC, and also in International Graduate will get 600 extra points in their CRS. They also get the Invitation to Apply in the next EE draw. Please note that an ITA of the BC PNP is dissimilar from the Invitation to Apply, of the federal level.

For other candidates receiving the invitation using the Skills Immigration categories, the PR applications will be processed outside the system of EE. This will happen after they receive a Provincial Nomination Certificate from the province.

The process for BC PNP tech-only pilot

·       Firstly the candidate has to determine his/her category, and register online. They will get a registration score. Registration has no cost to the applicant.

·       BC PNP will have a tech draw every week. They will invite the persons having the highest-score in technology sector to apply.

·       These candidates get 30 calendar days to submit the online application which needs to be complete in all manners. The application fee is $700.

·       The applications are processed on a priority basis.

·       In case of approval, the applicant gets a nomination to use in seeking permanent residence.

·       Such nominated Individuals persons receive a work permit support letter. It permits them to get/renew their present work permit which helps them to work during the process.

The minimum scores for each category in the April 11 draw were as follows:



Minimum Score Required

April 11, 2018

(tech-only draw)

EEBC – Skilled Worker


EEBC – International Graduate


SI - Skilled Worker


SI – International Graduate


SI - Entry Level and Semi-Skilled


The overseas workers and graduates who show the interest to apply for immigration under the program must start the process. Firstly they need to create an online profile in the BC PNP. Moreover, the candidates receiving the invitation must have a full-time job offer in the province, to gain eligibility for several categories of PNP.

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