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March 1 BCPNP draw invite 136 tech workers for PR nomination


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.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.


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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 CodeJob Title
0131Telecommunication carriers’ managers
0213Computer and information systems managers
0512Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131Civil engineers
2132Mechanical engineers
2133Electrical and electronics engineers
2134Chemical engineers
2147Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171Information systems analysts and consultants
2172Database analysts and data administrators
2173Software engineers and designers
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175Web designers and developers
2221Biological technologists and technicians
2241Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281Computer network technicians
2282User support technicians
2283Information systems testing technicians
5121Authors and writers
5122Editors
5125Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224Broadcast technicians
5225Audio and video recording technicians
5227Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5226Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
6221Technical 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.


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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.


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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.


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Choose your pathway

Skills Immigration

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


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Entrepreneur Immigration

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.


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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.

See other options

  1. Create your BCPNP Online profile.
  2. Create your federal Express Entry profile.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.