British Columbia Launches BC PNP Tech Pilot | Canada Immigration News

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has launched a new pilot stream for candidates with work experience in the technology sector.

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Why a BC PNP Tech Pilot

Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), is the second largest city in Canada, behind Toronto, Ontario. It is also the tech center of Canada. The technology sector is a major part of the BC economy, and the demand for talent is increasing much faster than the local labour market can accommodate.

To meet this growing demand, this new pilot program under the BC PNP will give BC employers access to talented foreign workers in the technology industry.

British Columbia, and Vancouver in particular, have always been attractive to tech start-ups. However, since recent or expected changes to the US temporary worker visa programs, BC has become even more popular, leading to this surge in demand.

How Will the BC PNP Tech Pilot Work

The BC PNP Tech Pilot will provide BC employers with a fast-track, permanent immigration pathway for workers with experience in specific in-demand occupations and international students.

Candidates must have a job offer from a BC employer in one of 32 key technology occupations.

BC PNP Tech Pilot Steps

Step 1: Register under the BC PNP Tech pilot.

Step 2: Receive an invitation to apply in one of the weekly rounds of invitations.

Step 3: Submit a complete application.

Step 4: Applications received under the Tech pilot will receive priority processing by a dedicated tech-sector team.

Step 5: If the application is accepted, the candidate has to apply to IRCC for permanent residence as a skilled worker with a Provincial Nomination.

Step 6: If their IRCC application is accepted, candidates, and their accompanying family members, will be granted Canadian permanent residence.

In addition to priority processing, the BC PNP Tech pilot will offer a dedicated concierge service to help employers understand the immigration process, and outreach and engagement with the technology sector and industry partners to provide networking opportunities and one-on-one employer support.

Key Technology Occupations

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
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

*Occupations are identified by their National Occupational Classification (NOC) code.

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