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BC PNP Tech Pilot

The British Columbia Tech Pilot is a pilot program contained within the British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program (BC PNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of British Columbia. The BC Tech Pilot allows candidates working in in-demand tech occupations to apply for provincial nomination with expedited processing through the BC PNP.

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Candidates who are successfully nominated through the BC Tech Pilot program will be issued a work permit support letter, allowing them to apply for a temporary work permit. As well, they will be invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence. The BC Tech Pilot is not an immigration program. Candidates who are eligible and have registered a profile for one of the BC PNP Skills Immigration programs, and who meet the requirements for the BC Tech Pilot may be able to apply to the Tech Pilot to receive accelerated application processing and other benefits.

Job Offer Requirements

The BC Tech Pilot has unique job offer requirements. In order to qualify for the Tech Pilot, your job offer must be for one of 29 selected in-demand occupations. The offer does not need to be indefinite, but it must be for a period of at least one year. If the applicant is already working for the employer in the position that is being offered to them, they must have at least 120 days remaining in that position at the time they submit their application.

Eligible Occupations

In order to be eligible for the BC Tech Pilot, candidate must be registered for one of the BC Skills Immigration programs. Candidates must also be working in one of 29 tech occupations identified as in-demand by the BC PNP:

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 engineers technologists and technicians
2242Electronic service technicians (households 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
5226Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5227Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting photography and the performing arts
5241Graphic designers and illustrators
6221Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade

Application Procedure

The BC Tech Pilot is aligned with BC’s Skills Immigration programs. The programs best fitting for the Tech Pilot are the BC Skilled Worker and BC International Graduate programs. In order to apply for the BC Tech Pilot, a foreign national should verify that they meet the National Occupation Classification (NOC) code requirements for one of the 29 in-demand occupations. If this requirement is met, the person may initiate the application process by registering a profile with BC PNP Online.

Once the profile is registered, the applicant can follow the application procedure for the BC Skills Immigration program for which they are eligible. BC Tech Pilot applicants receive a number of advantages when going through the provincial nomination process. First, additional rounds of invitations to apply are issued on a weekly basis for Tech Pilot candidates. Second, applicants will have their PNP application processed at an expedited rate. Finally, employers are able to access the Tech Pilot “concierge services” to assist with the hiring of foreign nationals through this program.

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