The Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) wants to bring in more graduates and workers in the technology sector to the province to meet the demand for talent.
The new Tech Pilot forms part of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) which is one of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) of Canada. Through this pilot program, candidates who are eligible and have a job offer in any of the 32 eligible occupations can be invited to apply for a provincial nomination. This can then be used in applying for permanent residency of Canada.
Invitation are issued in BC PNP on a weekly basis to registrants who are qualified, whereas non-tech candidates will be invited through other immigration programs.
Candidates who will be invited through the Tech Pilot program will have the advantage of expedited processing in the BC PNP.
The applicant must have a full-time, indeterminate job offer and that too from an eligible employer in BC. Under its registration system, the BC PNP offers individuals with different categories, depending on work experience, job and level of education achieved.
Once a category has been determined by a candidate, they can receive a registration score after registering online for free.
The BC PNP will conduct a tech draw every week to to invite registrants to apply who attained the highest-score. Invited candidates have a period of 30 calendar days from this point to submit their completed application form. The applicants are required to submit a processing fee of $700.
A nomination will be given to applications that are approved and the applicant can than apply for permanent residence.
Nominated individuals who fulfill the requirements of their nomination will get a work permit support letter which will enable them to renew or obtain their current work permit and give them permission to work throughout the process.
Eligible occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot
Telecommunication carriers managers
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
Electrical and electronics 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
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants
Authors and writers
Translators, terminologists and interpreters
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