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BC PNP Tech & Entrepreneur Draw Invites 79 Candidates

BC PNP Tech & Entrepreneur Draw Invites 79 Candidates

As 2020 comes to a close, provincial immigration is happening as provinces move to complete their visa allotments.

On Dec. 1, British Columbia’s provincial nominee program (BC PNP) sent invitations to 68 tech workers through the Tech Pilot. 11 entrepreneurs candidates were also selected on Dec. 1 through the Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category.  

The score for the lowest ranking tech worker was 80 points on the BC PNP points selection grid. The lowest ranking entrepreneur was 121.

Entrepreneur immigration in British Columbia

Entrepreneur immigration is ideal for candidates with business/management experience and access to capital. These programs are designed for candidates that might not qualify through more traditional skilled worker programs because of their age, lack of language proficiency or education. 

To be eligible for the Entrepreneur Immigration – Base Category, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • A personal net worth of at least CAD$600,000
  • Business and/or management experience
  • Already have or be eligible for legal immigration status in Canada
  • Be able to demonstrate language proficiency in either English or French equivalent to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher

If you meet the requirements listed above, you must also intend to start or purchase a business in BC. The requirements are: 

  • Establish an eligible new business or purchase and improve an existing business
  • Make an eligible personal investment of at least CAD$200,000 in the business
  • Create at least one new full-time job for a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in the business

BC PNP Tech Pilot

The Tech Pilot is a dedicated pathway to permanent residence for tech workers who have job offers in BC. It offers prioritized processing and a dedicated concierge that provides information to both applicants and employers to help them navigate the immigration process. 

29 eligible occupations for BC’s Tech Pilot program

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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