Immigration Tech Pilot Program launched by British Columbia

Posted on August 31, 2017

The increasing demand for skilled graduates in the technology sector of the British Columbia has forced the BC Government to look into faster solutions of immigration. For that very reason, British Columbia, as a part of its British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) introduced a new Tech Pilot program of immigration.

This new pilot program is specifically for Tech professionals with a job offer in any of the 32 eligible occupations (refer table below). Candidates with the required job offer will be invited to apply for PNP, by which they increase their score and chances for a quick visa success. Moreover, such applications of Tech professionals shall be processed on a priority basis.

To be eligible for this, applicants need a full-time job offer from an eligible employer of British Columbia. Post receiving his offer, he can apply for BC PNP Applicants require a full-time, indeterminate job offer from an eligible employer in BC. The BC PNP offers different categories for individuals under its registration System, depending on their job, work experience, and level of education. Once the candidate selects his category, he can register online for free and receive his registration score. Subjected to processing capacity, BC PNP will conduct a tech draw each week and invite applicants with the highest technology sector registrant score. Once they are invited, candidates have 30 days time to submit a complete online application under this program, by paying a government application fee of $700.

Table- Eligible occupations for BC Tech Pilot Immigration program

Occupation NOC
Purchasing managers 0113
Telecommunication carriers managers 0131
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 0512
Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 1123
Civil engineers 2131
Mechanical engineers 2132
Electrical and electronics engineers 2133
Chemical engineers 2134
Computer engineers(except software engineers and designers) 2147
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
Database analysts and data administrators 2172
Software engineers and designers 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174
Web designers and developers 2175
Biological technologists and technicians 2221
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2241
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 2242
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2243
Computer network technicians 2281
User support technicians 2282
Information systems testing technicians 2283
Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants 4163
Authors and writers 5121
Editors 5122
Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5125
Broadcast technicians 5224
Audio and video recording technicians 5225
Other technical & co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting & the performing arts 5226
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts 5227
Graphic designers and illustrators 5241

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