British Columbia Tech draw makes path for 92 skilled workers

British Columbia Tech Pilot draw

Another Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Tech draw from British Columbia on May 12, 2020, had 92 tech workers invited to apply for a provincial nomination. These candidates hold job offers in any of the 29 eligible occupations in the technology sector.

The BC provincial government is adapting its program operations to the present situation created by the COViD-19 pandemic. The BC PNP is continuing its Canada immigration activities like:

  • Receive and process applications
  • Answer inquiries
  • Process post-nomination requests
  • Assess final reports

BC PNP holds regular draws via its Express Entry BC, Entrepreneur, and Skills Immigration Streams.

The May 12 Tech Pilot draw was no different. Invitations were sent to candidates in the International Graduate and Skilled Worker programs in both the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC (EEBC) streams. The minimum score stipulated for candidates in both programs was 80. This is 5 points lesser than last week’s draw.

The Tech Pilot PNP draws taking place in provinces like Ontario and BC are contributing to the influx of skilled tech workers who are getting Canada permanent residence. The development of the tech industry happening due to this is adding to Canada’s economic well-being.

But BC had to face the significant impact COVID-19 had on many other sectors that led to exclusion of many occupations from BC PNP invitation rounds.

COVID-19 disruptions to skills immigration have also made BC bring certain changes in the terms laid out by immigration Canada in the normal course.

  • Candidates who cannot collect the necessary documents from third parties within the time prescribed due to COVID-19 disruptions are given extension. These skilled candidates only need to furnish a written explanation and proof that the required documents can be submitted in the meantime.
  • The entry-level or semi-skilled candidates who have been laid off owing to the COVID-19 crisis could mostly be unable to complete the stipulated minimum employment term of continuous 9 months. They can consider their job pre and post their temporary layoff as continuous over the nine months. However, the layoff can’t go beyond 16 weeks. The candidate also needs to be hired again by the same employer. He/she should be given a position eligible for this stream.

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