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BC PNP Tech Pilot Becomes Permanent

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"British Columbia recently announced that the BC PNP Tech Pilot program will be made permanent, four years after its initial launch. The Tech Pilot program will continue to function as a fast-track immigration pathway for foreign workers and international students."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Jul 9, 2021
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British Columbia recently announced that the BC PNP Tech Pilot program will be made permanent, four years after its initial launch. The Tech Pilot program will continue to function as a fast-track immigration pathway for foreign workers and international students. 

The Tech Pilot program was being extended for the last 4 years. The current extension will expire on June 30, 2021, after which, the pilot will be renamed and made permanently available. 

This decision was made after tech employers lobbied the British Columbia government earlier this year to extend the program further to facilitate the hiring of highly skilled foreign workers. However, instead of extending the program, the provincial government made it permanent. 

The number of immigrants being nominated through the Tech Pilot has steadily increased over the last 4 years. In its first year, 1,135 immigrants were invited through this pilot. In 2019, 1,509 immigrants were nominated, a 63% increase. In 2020, this number increased to 1,855 immigrants. 

What Are the Requirements for the BC PNP Tech Pilot Program?

The BC PNP Tech Pilot program offers an expedited immigration pathway for skilled foreign workers with relevant skills and experience to fill the tech vacancies in the province. There are 29 eligible tech occupations under this stream.

To be eligible for this pilot program, applicants must have an offer of employment for one of the eligible tech occupations. The employment offer must be for a full-time job that lasts at least 1 year. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) holds tech draws regularly to invite applicants to ineligible occupations for provincial nomination that will allow them to qualify for permanent residence. Canada PNP draw updates are always updated.

How to Apply for the Tech Pilot Program?

Since the tech pilot program is not a separate immigration stream yet, applicants who are interested in applying for the program must create their profile on the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). The SIRS is an online portal that allows applicants to submit their applications for one of the existing categories under the BC PNP.

The SIRS ranks the applicant’s profile based on their eligibility and their ability to contribute to the economic development of the province. The highest-scoring applicants are invited to apply for a provincial nomination in tech draws. Since its launch in 2018, an estimated 6,000 tech workers have been nominated for permanent residency in British Columbia through this pilot program. 

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