British Columbia has targeted skilled workers and international graduates in a new draw focusing on the BC PNP Tech Pilot. The November 5 draw saw 67 invites issued to candidates with skills and experience in 29 targeted technology occupations. Through the Tech Pilot, candidates receive priority processing for existing British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program streams. In the latest…

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British Columbia has targeted skilled workers and international graduates in a new draw focusing on the BC PNP Tech Pilot.

The November 5 draw saw 67 invites issued to candidates with skills and experience in 29 targeted technology occupations.

Through the Tech Pilot, candidates receive priority processing for existing British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program streams.

In the latest draw, Minimum scores were 90 for all four featured streams. Those streams were: 

  1. SI – Skilled Worker
  2. SI – International Graduate
  3. EEBC – Skilled Worker
  4. EEBC – International Graduate

Did You Get Invited in the November 5 B.C. Immigration Draw?

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
05-Nov-19 SI – Skilled Worker 90 Total: 67
SI – International Graduate 90
EEBC – Skilled Worker 90
EEBC – International Graduate 90

Source: www.welcomebc.ca


The previous British Columbia immigration draw saw invitations issued to 413 candidates.

The October 29 draw focused on five British Columbia immigration streams.

For skilled workers, the minimum score for the direct provincial stream was 93 points, compared to 99 points through the Express Entry-linked stream.

For international graduates, the minimum score for the direct provincial stream was 100 points, compared to 102 points through the Express Entry-linked stream.

Entry-level and semi-skilled workers required a minimum score of 77 points to qualify.


Did You Get Invited in the October 29 B.C. Immigration Draw?

Date Category Minimum Score Invitations Issued
29-Oct-19 SI – Skilled Worker 93 Total: 413
SI – International Graduate 100
SI – Entry Level & Semi-Skilled 77
EEBC – Skilled Worker 99
EEBC – International Graduate 102

The BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended into 2020 after its initial launch in 2017. It currently has a list of 29 target occupations with relaxed duration requirements.

BC PNP draws aimed specifically at technology workers started in May 2017. The province has a thriving technology industry with some big names of the tech world basing themselves in Canada’s westernmost province.

What Are The BC PNP Tech Pilot Job Requirements?

  • Job offer must be for one of the 29 targeted occupations (see below)
  • Job offer must be for at least one-year duration
  • Job offer must be valid for at least 120 days at the time of application

What Are The 29 Target Occupations Under the BC PNP Tech Pilot?

NOC Code Job Title
0131 Telecommunication carriers’ managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2171 Information systems analysts and consultants
2172 Database analysts and data administrators
2173 Software engineers and designers
2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers
2175 Web designers and developers
2221 Biological technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2281 Computer network technicians
2282 User support technicians
2283 Information systems testing technicians
5121 Authors and writers
5122 Editors
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technicians
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5226 Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

A coveted provincial nomination effectively guarantees selection under the Canada Express Entry System, worth 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

The B.C. PNP publishes the scores immigrants need to guarantee an invitation for Canada immigration under its programs.

The score needed for an international graduate is 30 points below a skilled worker under both the Canada Express Entry and the provincial stream.

For entry-level and semi-skilled workers, that score is lower again.


BC PNP: Scores Needed for Guaranteed Invitation

Category Guaranteed Registration Score
Express Entry BC – Skilled Worker 135
Express Entry BC – International Graduate 105
Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker 135
Skills Immigration – International Graduate 105
Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled 95

Source: www.welcomebc.ca

About the author

Rashmi Lakkaraju

Rashmi is the founder and the lead practitioner at Cougar Immigration. She is a regulated and licensed member in good standing of the ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council). She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC).