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BC PNP Extends Successful Tech Pilot to June 2020

The province of British Columbia has announced that the successful BC PNP Tech Pilot will be extended to June 2020. The pilot is expected to continue to attract and retain international tech talent to the western coast of Canada.

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British Columbia’s Tech Pilot program is operated by the province, and allows candidates working in high-tech occupations to be nominated for immigration directly to BC. The pilot was designed to address the growing need for skilled work experience in British Columbia’s thriving tech sector. Introduced in August 2017, the Tech Pilot has invited over 1,000 newcomers to apply for permanent residence in Canada and expedited the process for joining British Columbia’s high-tech workforce.

Program Requirements

It’s important to note that the pilot is not a stand-alone immigration program.

Candidates who are eligible must have a registered immigration profile for application to one of the BC PNP Skills Immigration Programs. With an application to the PNP made, those who match the requirements for the pilot can apply to be considered.

In order to be eligible, candidates must hold a valid job offer from a BC employer to be held for a period of at least one year. As a first step, applicants should verify if their work experience matches up with the National Occupation Classification (NOC) codes of the 29 in-demand tech occupations designated by the pilot. A job offer in one of these in-demand occupations is necessary to be considered.

Tech Jobs In-Demand Across Canada

With tech being the fastest-growing industry in Canada, it’s no surprise that BC’s Tech Pilot has been extended to continue into 2020. Tech talent is highly sought across Canada, and as immigration restrictions in the United States continue to make it more difficult for businesses to hire foreign talent, Canada is increasingly becoming an attractive option for both workers and employers. We can expect to see more of Canada’s provinces providing immigration streams targeted to tech workers in order to meet the needs of the country’s growing and diversifying economy!


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