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BCPNP Tech Pilot Immigration Program

By Casey March 12, 2024 (Updated March 18, 2024) 2 min. read
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British Columbia’s immigration program, BC PNP, has a special section called BC PNP Tech. This helps them find skilled workers for their growing tech industry. It started in 2017 as a test to see if it would work, and it did so well they kept it going for good in 2021. By bringing in more qualified people, BC PNP Tech helps build up B.C.’s pool of tech talent.

What Is British Columbia’s Tech Pilot Program?

The BC PNP Tech stream of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program is open to individuals eligible for the Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC stream. It issues invitations weekly to qualified registrants with a valid job offer in one of the 29 eligible occupations. The job offer must:

The program supports employers by providing an expedited pathway for internationally trained workers and international students with critical skills needed in BC’s technology sector.

How to Apply for BCPNP Tech Pilot: Application Process

After determining their category, candidates can register online for free and receive a registration score. The BC PNP conducts a weekly draw to invite the highest-scoring technology sector registrants to apply. Invited candidates have 30 days to submit a complete online application and pay a $700 government fee. Applications are processed on a priority basis, and if approved, the applicant receives a nomination for permanent residence. Nominees meeting the conditions receive a work permit support letter to work during the process.

Eligible Occupations for BCPNP Tech

OccupationsNOC
Telecommunication carriers managers0131
Computer and information systems managers0213
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts0512
Civil engineers2131
Mechanical engineers2132
Electrical and electronics engineers2133
Chemical engineers2134
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)2147
Information systems analysts and consultants2171
Database analysts and data administrators2172
Software engineers and designers2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers2174
Web designers and developers2175
Biological technologists and technicians2221
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians2241
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)2242
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics2243
Computer network technicians2281
User support technicians2282
Information systems testing technicians2283
Authors and writers5121
Editors5122
Translators, terminologists and interpreters5125
Broadcast technicians5224
Audio and video recording technicians5225
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts5226
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts5227
Graphic designers and illustrators5241
Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade6221

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