British Columbia immigration officials have launched a new BC PNP Tech Pilot to expedite the processing of immigration candidates in key in-demand occupations.
Weekly invitations will be issued to candidates in one of 32 identified occupations that are in-demand in the B.C. technology sector.
Technology employers will get access to a concierge service that includes a guaranteed next business day assignment of applications in one of the outlined occupations.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot is not a new immigration category. Instead, it seeks to prioritise technology sector applications for existing B.C. categories for skilled workers and international graduates. This means candidates still need to meet the basic requirements of each British Columbia immigration category, including a job offer from a B.C. employer.
Categories include Skilled Workers, Health Care Professionals, International Graduates, International Post-Graduates and Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled Workers.
A soft launch of the Tech Pilot has already taken place, with technology-only draws being made since May 2017. The initiative was formally launched on August 28, 2017.
“The B.C. technology sector is a major driver of economic growth in the province with tech employment at its highest level ever recorded,” a statement said. “The demand for talent in B.C.’s tech sector is increasing faster than the supply.”
BC PNP Tech Pilot: Key Features
Dedicated concierge service
Tech employers have access to relevant immigration information.
Weekly invitations for tech candidates
Tech employers have timely access to qualified individuals in the 32 key tech occupations.
Dedicated BC PNP Tech Team and next business day assignment of tech applications in the 32 in-demand occupations.
Focused outreach and engagement
BC PNP sessions and events tailored for the tech sector, including one-on-one employer support.
BC PNP Tech Pilot: 32 In-Demand Occupations
|NOC Code||Job Title|
|131||Telecommunication carriers managers|
|213||Computer and information systems managers|
|512||Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts|
|1123||Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations|
|2133||Electrical and electronics engineers|
|2147||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|2171||Information systems analysts and consultants|
|2172||Database analysts and data administrators|
|2173||Software engineers and designers|
|2174||Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|2175||Web designers and developers|
|2221||Biological technologists and technicians|
|2241||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|2242||Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)|
|2243||Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics|
|2281||Computer network technicians|
|2282||User support technicians|
|2283||Information systems testing technicians|
|4163||Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants|
|5121||Authors and writers|
|5125||Translators, terminologists and interpreters|
|5225||Audio and video recording technicians|
|5227||Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts|
|5226||Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts|
|5241||Graphic designers and illustrators|
|6221||Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade|