The province of British Columbia has invited a total of 92 immigration applicants to apply for a permanent residence in its latest tech pilot draw. The May 12, 2020 draw was held under British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program
- Tech Pilot stream with job offers in one of 29 in-demand technology occupations in the province.
Candidates selected in the Wednesday’s draw were picked from the Skilled Worker and International Graduate subcategories under the Express Entry BC PNP (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams. Applicants who have received the invitation required a minimum score of 80 in order to apply for the provincial nomination. In the earlier B.C. Tech Pilot draw, the minimum cut-off score was 85, meaning the province has seen a 5-point decline this time.
Recently, more and more provinces are conducting Canada Express Entry
and PNP draws to invite skilled workers to Canada. The majority of these draws held by B.C. and or other provinces, such as Ontario are focused on inviting tech workers and providing them pathways to apply for permanent residency status in Canada, even amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
We are well-aware of the fact that how coronavirus has badly impacted the economy of Canada and put the status of a number of occupations in jeopardy. Several sectors have been badly hit by the pandemic outbreak, resulting in the temporary exclusion of various occupations from the recent BC PNP draws.
Considering the afore-mentioned factors in mind, the provincial government of British Columbia has introduced some interim measures to help skilled immigrants whose employment status has changed because of:
• Lay offs
• Reduced business hours or do not currently have the minimum number of employees on payroll.
• Temporarily closure of business
• Termination without cause
• Reduction in salary resulting in failing to meet minimum wage to maintain the occupation
• Not able to gather required documents before the deadline.
• Income reduction that would result in failing the meet the minimum income threshold requirement.
All permanent residence applicants must gather and submit the required documents, including the transcripts, language test, diplomas and training qualifications, proof of finance, etc. however, in case anyone fails to arrange the documents due to coronavirus situation, then they can provide a letter of explanation stating their reasons for not being able to provide the supporting documents in favour of their application.