British Columbia’s February 22 BCPNP draw invited 136 skilled workers and international graduates. The 136 candidates applied for Canadian permanent residence nomination under the Tech Draw of British Columbia Provincial Nominee Plan (BCPNP).
BCPNP’s Tech draws launched in 2017 as a pilot. It aimed specifically at technology workers as the province has a thriving technology industry.
Note that the BC PNP Tech Pilot is now BC PNP Tech. It is also now a permanent BCPNP immigration stream.
The March 1 BCPNP draw featured invitations from four streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program.
Minimum scores were 80 for all four streams. The featured streams in the March 1 BCNP draw were:
- SI – Skilled Worker
- SI – International Graduate
- EEBC – Skilled Worker
- EEBC – International Graduate
What Are The BC PNP Tech Job Requirements?
Primarily, job offer must be:
- for one of the 29 targeted occupations (see below)
- at least one-year duration
- valid for at least 120 days at time of application
What Are The 29 Target Occupations Under BCPNP Tech?
|NOC Code||Job Title|
|0131||Telecommunication carriers’ managers|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers|
|0512||Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineers|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|2173||Software engineers and designers|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|2175||Web designers and developers|
|2221||Biological technologists and technicians|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|2242||Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)|
|2243||Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics|
|2281||Computer network technicians|
|2282||User support technicians|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians|
|5121||Authors and writers|
|5125||Translators, terminologists and interpreters|
|5225||Audio and video recording technicians|
|5227||Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts|
|5226||Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts|
|5241||Graphic designers and illustrators|
|6221||Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade|
BCPNP and the Federal Express Entry immigration system
Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status. However, they can nominate you for PR if you have a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.
Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is also the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. You can receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly and skipping the PNP process. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.
A total of 1,200 points is available under Express Entry. You immediately get 600 points if you are nominated by a province. See Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs).
How does BCPNP nomination help your Canada immigration application?
The 600 CRS points from a PNP nomination virtually guarantee that you will receive an ITA in an Express Entry draw.
For example, Johanna has a bachelor’s degree. She’s been working in food sciences for five years. Johanna has never worked or studied in Canada. She has an advanced English language proficiency.
Johanna entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 370. However, she recently obtained a provincial nomination. As a result IRCC awards her additional 600 points.
Consequently, Johanna’s total CRS score jumps to 970 points! This is well above the minimum CRS score required for Johanna to get an ITA in any draw.
IRCC will issue qualified PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After IRCC approves your application you complete the landing process, and officially become a Canadian permanent resident.
How to participate in BCPNP programs
The BCPNP offers three ways to become a permanent resident in British Columbia. Each pathway also contains different categories you can apply under, depending on your National Occupational Classification skill level, job, or international student status.
Choose your pathway
Skills Immigration is for skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in B.C. It uses a points-based invitation system. The process involves registering and applying online for the BCPNP and a paper application process for permanent residency.
You may not need prior work experience for some categories. Skilled workers may also have work experience from abroad. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category applicants need B.C. work experience. However, recent international graduates of a Canadian university or college may not need any work experience, depending on the job being offered. Start
Express Entry BC
Express Entry BC is a faster way for eligible skilled workers to immigrate to B.C. You must also qualify for a federal economic immigration program. It uses a points-based invitation system, and is an entirely web-based registration and application process for both the BCPNP and permanent residency process.
You do not require B.C. work experience. However, you must have relevant work experience as well as meet other requirements such as education and language. Start
The Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for experienced entrepreneurs who want to actively manage a business in B.C. It is also a points-based invitation system. Applicants must have the required personal and investment funds.
The Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot is for entrepreneurs who want to start a new business in participating regional communities across B.C.
BCPNP also has an option for companies looking to expand into B.C., and who need to get permanent residency for key employees. Start
Other immigration options
If you don’t qualify for one of the BC PNP streams, note that there may be other ways to come to B.C. So, learn about your options, and also see if you qualify as an immigrant, temporary resident or visitor.