The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot allows the technology sector in BC to attract and retain the talent it needs to grow the sector further.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot features:
Dedicated concierge service
Tech employers have access to relevant immigration information.
Weekly invitations for tech registrants to apply
Tech employers have timely access to qualified individuals in the 29 eligible tech occupations.
Dedicated BC PNP Tech Team and next business day assignment of tech applications in the 29 occupations. The BC PNP says most applications are processed within two to three months.
Focused outreach and engagement
BC PNP sessions and events tailored for the tech sector, including one-on-one employer support.
Qualified Requirements :
The BC PNP issues invitations on a weekly basis to qualified registrants who have a valid job offer in one of the 29 eligible occupations.
Job offers under the BC PNP tech Pilot must:
• be for one of the 29 eligible occupations under the BC PNP Tech Pilot;
• be at least one year in duration (365 days); and
• have 120 calendar days remaining at the time of application.
• Once a candidate has determined his or her category, he or she may register online and receive a registration score. Registration is free.
• Every week (subject to processing capacity), the BC PNP will conduct a tech draw to invite the highest-scoring technology sector registrants to apply.
• Invited candidates have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete online application. The government application fee is $700.
• The BC PNP will process the application on a priority basis.
• If approved, the applicant receives a nomination that he or she can use to apply for permanent residence.
• Individuals who have been nominated and who meet the conditions of their nomination will receive a work permit support letter that allows them to obtain or renew their current work permit allowing them to work throughout the process.
Eligible occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot
Telecommunication carriers managers
Computer and information systems managers
Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
Electrical and electronics engineers
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
Information systems analysts and consultants
Database analysts and data administrators
Software engineers and designers
Computer programmers and interactive media developers
Web designers and developers
Biological technologists and technicians
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
Computer network technicians
User support technicians
Information systems testing technicians
Authors and writers
Translators, terminologists and interpreters
Audio and video recording technicians
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts