Tech Workers Receive Priority in the B.C. P.N.P. Draw
August 17, 2018

Tech Workers Receive Priority in the B.C. P.N.P. Draw

Presently British Columbia has an immigration policy which gives a priority to technology workers. This was visible in its latest PNP Tech Pilot draw of August 15th.  44 invitations were issued to candidates in specific technology occupations.

The requirement of this draw was that the skilled workers who are applying in the provincial stream directly needed only 82 points for qualifying. Skilled workers applying through the Express Entry needed 87 points. Moreover, the International students who are applying using both the provincial and EE categories required 91 points. For the Entry level and semi-skilled workers the requirement was 65 points.

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
15-August-18 (Technology-only) EEBC Skilled Worker 87 Total: 44
EEBC International Graduate 91
SI Skilled Worker 82
SI International Graduate 91
SI Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65

In the previous draw, held on August 8, 2018, invitations were issued to all immigration candidates. 405 invitations were issued to candidates who had a score of 82 points in the stream for direct Provincial Skilled Workers.

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
08-August-18 (Technology-only) EEBC – Skilled Worker 87 Total: 405
EEBC – International Graduate 91
SI – Skilled Worker 82
SI – International Graduate 91
SI – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 65

There was an extension of the BC P.N.P. Tech Pilot to 2019, after it was launched in 2017. Presently it has a list of 29 specific occupations and also a relaxed duration requirement. The province has a flourishing technology industry and there are a few big names of the tech world that have a base in this province.

New BC P.N.P. Tech Pilot Job Requirements

  • There must be a Job offer for one of the 29 occupations (list is below)
  • It must be for one-year duration
  • It must be also valid for 120 days at the time of application

The 29 Target Occupations under the BC P.N.P. Tech Pilot


NOC Code Job Title
0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
223 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
5121 Authors and writers
5122 Editors
5215 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technicians
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5226 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

The provincial nomination serves a guarantee for selection in the Express Entry System, by adding 600 C.R.S. points.

The B.C. P.N.P. also publishes the requirement of score which the immigrant needs to get the invitation for immigration through   its programs.

Furthermore, the Score Requirement for an international graduate is 30 points lesser than a skilled worker under the Canada Express Entry model and in the provincial stream. The score is low for entry-level and semi-skilled workers.

BC P.N.P: Scores Requirement for Guaranteed Invitation


Category Guaranteed Registration Score
Express Entry BC Skilled Worker 135
Express Entry BC International Graduate 105
Skills Immigration Skilled Worker 135
Skills Immigration International Graduate 105
Skills Immigration Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 95

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