The BC tech pilot program has been converted into a permanent program and it has been renamed as the BC PNP tech program. This blog will give you the information that you require in order to consider this program and see if it is a good fit for your profile.
The program primarily targets candidates working in 29 targeted tech/IT occupations that ultimately leads to obtaining a Canadian Permanent Residency and sponsoring your family members as well for it. The program was launched in May 2017 as a pilot program only for a certain period of time but due to the demand for the tech/IT sector employees it has been turned into a permanent program and made part of the BC PNP stream.
What are the benefits of this program ?
- Invitations are sent out to the candidates every single week
- No IELTS exam or language test is required for this program
- No proof of funds needs to be shown
- No LMIA approval needed (This will save a lot of time and money)
- The application is assigned on priority basis (The file will be assigned within one business day)
- For 80 % of the BC PNP applications, the processing time is 2-3 months from the date of receipt (The BC PNP tech pilot programs however has a lesser processing timeframe)
What is the BC PNP tech pilot program ?
This was launched at a pilot program due to the shortage of employees in the local BC market.
Due to the huge demand for IT/Tech sector employees the temporary program has been turned into a permanent program called the ‘British Columbia Tech Program’
A nomination certificate is issued based on which you can use it to apply for Permanent Residency under the provincial nominee class.
Your family and yourself can all apply for this program and receive your Permanent Residence based on which you will be allowed to travel together.
Key features of the BC PNP tech program
- Your BC employer will get access to a dedicated BC PNP concierge service (This will basically give them guidance for hiring the foreign employees through suitable immigration program.
- Invitations are on a weekly basis which minimizes the waiting times for prospective employers and employees as well
- Tech based applications are given priority while processing the application . You can look to fly to BC shortly after submitting your application.
- The processing time for this tech program is lesser than 2-3 months which is manifold lesser compared to regular BC PNP streams or other PNP programs)
- You could choose to fly to BC after receiving your nomination on a work permit and not have to apply for your PR soon after receiving the PNP nomination
- After working for a year under the work permit you can even apply for the PR under the CEC (Canadian Experience Class)
- You will get close to 50-200 points while working on your work permit for your Canadian job offer when you apply for your PR
- You will get 600 additional CRS points when you choose to apply for PR after receiving your PNP nomination.
- With all the instances mentioned above you can add your family members and they will receive their PR application as well along with you
The BC program’s list of 29 high-demand technology/information-technology programmes.
- 0131 – Telecom Service Provider Managers
- 0213 – Managers of Information Technology and Computer Systems
- 0512 – Managers in the publishing, film, television, and live performance industries
- 2131 – Civil Engineering Mechanics
- 2132- Mechanical Engineers
- 2133- Electrical and Electronics Engineers
- 2134- Chemical Scientists and Engineers
- 2147 – Computer Science Engineers (Except Software Engineers and Designers)
- 2171 – Information Systems Consultants and Analysts
- 2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
- 2173 – A group of designers and programmers.
- 2174 – Interactive media creators and computer programmers
- 2175 – Members of the web development and design community
- 2221 – Life Sciences Technicians and Technologists
- 2241-An organisation of electrical or electronic engineers or technicians.
- 2242 – Electronic Service Technicians
- 2243 – Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
- 2281 – Computer Network Technicians
- 2282 – User Support Technicians
- 2283 – Information Service Testing Technicians
- 5121 – Authors and Writers
- 5122 – Editors
- 5125 – Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters
- 5224 – Broadcast Technicians
- 5225 – A & V Recording Experts
- 5226 – Other technical and coordinating positions in film, television, and theatre.
- 5227 – A career in film, broadcasting, photography, or the performing arts is encouraged.
- 5241 – Graphic Designers and illustrators
- 6221 – Technical Sales specialists – Wholesale Trade
You will get your PR quite easily If you are working among the 29 NOC’s mentioned here.
BC Tech Admissions Requirements
- Working in a high-demand profession or on the NOC’s list of desirable occupations.
- Job offer from a BC Tech/IT sector employer (No designated employer needs to be mentioned, just any employer will suffice the requirement.
- The job offer must be for a minimum period of one year (Basically a contract for 365 days)
- If you are already on a work permit in BC there needs to be at least 4 months left on your work permit when you apply for the BC tech program
- The job offered must only be for a full time position, so part time job offers will not work.
- The job offer will not require an LMIA approval which is great news for yourself and the employer
How to find a job in the BC IT/Tech sector
There are certain website that one can go to in order to apply for the job from your home country ;
Once you are selected you will receive an ITA (Invitation To Apply) for the tech draws held every week.
Within 30 days after receiving your ITA you need to submit all your documents and upload them.
The completed application and documents will be assessed and once approved you will receive the nomination from the province of British Columbia.
The nomination certificate can either be used to apply for PR through the IRCC
Travel to Canada on your work permit and apply for your PR from there itself.
Whenever you do decide to apply for your PR you can add your entire family to the application and all the members can receive their PR together.
The PR processing time is usually 6 months even though the British Columbia nomination will be processed in a shorter duration.
You can fly to BC and apply for your PR from there itself if your employer wants you to start working immediately.
This is the complete summary of the BC tech program and if you match one of the 29 occupations in demand or NOC codes then kindly get in touch with one of our consultants and evaluate your best options moving forward. The government rules and regulations keep changing so now is the time to act and make the most of the situation.