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The province of British Columbia held another draw on July 7, 2020 under its most coveted BC PNP Tech Pilot Program.  In the draw, the provincial government has invited a total of 57 skilled workers to apply for Canada permanent residency status. The invitations were issued to candidates in the Skilled Worker and International Graduate categories of the Express Entry BC (EEBC) and Skills Immigration streams.

Recently, the province of British Columbia extended its Tech Pilot program till June 2021.

Under the draw, 57 candidates with a job offer in one of 29 in-demand occupations and profiles in the Federal Express Entry draw have got the invitation. The lowest comprehensive ranking system (CRS) score for the draw was 80.

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee program Tech Pilot was initially launched in 2017. It is operated by the province of British Columbia that allows skilled overseas workers in technology occupations to apply for a provincial nomination and then Canada PR visa.

Candidates who are successfully nominated through this Canada PNP program will be issued a work permit support letter, which can be used to apply for a temporary work visa. Additionally, the selected applicants will be invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence.

In order to apply, prospective candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and also register their profiles in one of the BC PNP Skills Immigration programs. Candidates who fulfil the basic requirements for the Tech Pilot will be eligible for a faster processing of their application.

The province of British Columbia has conducted a total of 14 tech-pilot draws so far in 2020 through its BC PNP stream. The most recent draws were held on June 23 and June 9.

In 2019, British Columbia sent 1,509 nominations, which is 23% of the invitations sent in 2018. It’s also worth noting that, B.C. continues to invite foreign skilled workers in non-tech occupations as well.

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