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BCPNP Invites 59 Tech Candidates In Recent Draw

British Columbia recently extended 59 invitations to candidates with qualifying job offers in the IT sector.

Individuals invited in BCPNP’s latest draw qualified under the BC PNP Tech program, which is contained under British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) and operated by the province of British Columbia.

To submit an Expression of Interest to BCPNP Tech, candidates must have a qualifying job offer in one of B.C.’s 29 eligible tech occupations and meet the minimum requirements for one of BCPNP’s existing Skills or Express Entry categories.

To receive an invitation upon submitting a profile, candidates must also meet the minimum selected Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) score, which may change from draw to draw.

July 27th BC PNP draw results: 59 invitations

The minimum targeted SIRS score has remained at 80; this same score that has been selected in all but one BC PNP Tech round of invitation this year.

Express Entry BC categories (EEBC) minimum SIRS score:

Skilled Worker: 80

  • International Graduate: 80

BC Skills Immigration categories minimum SIRS score: 

  • Skilled Worker: 80
  • International Graduate: 80

What is the benefit of BCPNP Tech?

In response to a labour market demand for certain tech occupations, the BC PNP Tech program offers a fast-tracked pathway to foreign workers and international students that can fill this gap.

The BC PNP Tech programs holds weekly draws with consistently lower points requirements than non-tech draws. Those with a qualifying tech job offer also benefit from faster application processing times. Overall, these candidates are in a stronger position to receive a nomination and more quickly than non-tech candidates.

Do I need an LMIA for this program?

British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) offers work permit support letters to successful nominees. These letters allow applicants to apply for a work permit. In other words, these applicants do not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This is the result of a provincial-federal agreement that allows the province to issue these letters and bypass the lengthy LMIA process. However, BC employers must still fill a Job Offer form, which requires some details of the company’s recruitment efforts to hire a Canadian permanent resident or citizen.

Lauren Boorman

Lauren is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant based in Montreal with a particular focus on researching and writing about the latest updates in immigration news.

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