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British Columbia Invites 72 Candidates in Latest Tech Draw

British Columbia held a draw on June 15th, inviting 72 candidates under the BC PNP Tech program to apply for nomination. To receive an invitation in this draw, candidates must have a qualifying job offer in a qualifying tech occupation. In addition, candidates must meet the minimum Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) points selected to be considered.

June 15th BC PNP draw results: 72 invitations

The minimum SIRS score selected in this draw has remained consistent from past BC PNP Tech rounds of invitations

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 BC PNP 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 cut-offs than non-tech draws. Those with a qualifying tech job offer also benefit from faster application processing times. This puts these candidates in a stronger position to receive a nomination that is received 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. Applicants can use the letter to apply for a work permit in lieu of a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). British Columbia has an agreement with the federal government 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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