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BC PNP Invites 80 Tech Workers & 20 Entrepreneurs To Apply

BC PNP Invites 80 Tech Candidates & 20 Entrepreneurs To Apply

On October 20, British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) sent invitations to 100 candidates to apply. The Oct. 20 draw is hot off the heels of another BC PNP draw on Oct. 15 where 417 candidates were selected

Of the 100 candidates, 80 were sent invitations through their Tech Pilot stream that selects candidates who have a job offer in the BC tech industry. The remaining 20 candidates were selected through BC PNP’s entrepreneur streams of immigration. 

Oct. 20 BC PNP Tech Pilot draw 

Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories

  • Number of invitations: 80
  • Minimum score: 80

BC Entrepreneur Immigration draw 

Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category

  • Number of invitations: 15
  • Minimum score: 122

Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot

  • Number of invitations: 5
  • Minimum score: 109

BC Entrepreneur Immigration program

The BC Entrepreneur Immigration programs are for candidates who wish to start or purchase a business in BC. The program is divided into two categories, the Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category and the Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot.

To be eligible to apply to the Entrepreneur Immigration Base Category, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • A personal net worth of at least CAD$600,000
  • Previous business and/or management experience
  • Have lawful temporary immigration status in Canada or be eligible for legal status
  • Basic language proficiency in either English or French (CLB level 4 or higher)

In addition to the abovementioned eligibility criteria, the candidate must also:

  1. Start a new business or purchase and improve an existing business
  2. Make a personal investment of at least $200,000 in the business
  3. Create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian 

The BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration – Regional Pilot program has more lenient selection criteria. The net worth and investment requirement is cut in half and is $300,000 and $100,000 respectively. However, the regional pilot requires a candidate to start a new business rather than purchase an existing one. 

Eligible occupations for BC PNP Tech Pilot

To be eligible for the BC Provincial Nominee Program Tech Pilot, a candidate must have a job offer from a BC employer in one of the following occupations:

NOCJob 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 engineering technologists and technicians
2242Electronic service technicians (household 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
Adam Pinsky

Adam Pinsky has a keen interest in all things immigration and has been working in the industry for 11 years.

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