The BC PNP Tech Pilot
About the Program

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.

Priority processing

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.
The process
  • • 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

Occupation NOC
Telecommunication carriers managers0131
Computer and information systems managers 0213
Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 0512
Civil engineers 2131
Mechanical engineers 2132
Electrical and electronics engineers 2133
Chemical engineers 2134
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 2147
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
Database analysts and data administrators 2172
Software engineers and designers 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174
Web designers and developers 2175
Biological technologists and technicians 2221
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2241
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 2242
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2243
Computer network technicians 2281
User support technicians 2282
Information systems testing technicians 2283
Authors and writers 5121
Editors 5122
Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5125
Broadcast technicians 5224
Audio and video recording technicians 5225
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts 5226
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts 5227
Graphic designers and illustrators 5241
Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade 6221
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