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BC PNP Tech Pilot Draw: 74 Invitations issued across 4 streams

The province of British Columbia has held their biweekly PNP draw targeting those who qualify for the Tech Pilot program. This latest draw saw 74 applicants invited to submit an application for nomination to the province of British Columbia.

February 9th BC PNP draw results: 74 invitations issued

Express Entry BC categories (EEBC) minimum score:

  • Skilled Worker: 80
  • International Graduate: 80

BC Skills Immigration categories minimum score: 

  • Skilled Worker: 80
  • International Graduate: 80

What it a Tech Pilot Draw?

Every 2 weeks, the province of British Columbia selects applicants from within their own BC Express Entry pool who have a valid job offer (at least 12 months in duration) from an employer based in British Columbia in one of the following occupations:

  • Telecommunication carriers managers;
  • Computer and information systems managers;
  • Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts;
  • Civil engineers;
  • Mechanical engineers;
  • Electrical and electronics engineers;
  • Chemical engineers;
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers);
  • Information systems analysts and consultants;
  • Database analysts and data administrators;
  • Software engineers and designers;
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers;
  • Web designers and developers;
  • Biological technologists and technicians;
  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians;
  • Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment);
  • Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics;
  • Computer network technicians;
  • User support technicians;
  • Information systems testing technicians;
  • Authors and writers;
  • Editors;
  • Translators, terminologists and interpreters;
  • Broadcast technicians;
  • Audio and video recording technicians;
  • Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts;
  • Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts;
  • Graphic designers and illustrators;
  • Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

How to Tech draws differ from regular BC draws?

Tech draws differ from regular BC PNP draws in 2 ways:

1. The minimum cut off score is always 80. In other draws, the minimum cut off score varies depending on the merits of all the applicants in the pool. The advantage of having a fixed minimum cut off is that the applicant can say with confidence on submission of their application, whether they will receive an invitation. When the minimum cut off constantly changes, this is not as clear;

2. The Tech Pilot Draw selects only applicants whose BC job offer falls within certain occupations. A regular BC draw is not concerned with the occupation of the job offer however they do exclude a limited number of occupations from their draws.

Rebecca Major

Rebecca Major is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant and Director of Operations at Canadim Law Firm. She has spent the last 11 years of her career helping thousands of people immigrate to Canada.

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