British Columbia’s Tech Pilot program was introduced by British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in 2017. It was designed to help its booming technology sector to attract more international talent in its in-demand list of occupations through weekly draws from BC PNP’s pool of immigration candidates. As per the latest news issued on June 26, 2018, “British Columbia (BC) will extend its ‘Tech Pilot’ program for another one year. “
The number of occupations in the in-demand list is reduced from 32 to 29. Even the duration of its required job offer is reduced from a permanent full-time offer to a full-time offer of at least 1 year.
BC PNP removed 3 positions from In-Demand Occupation List:
- NOC 0113 – Purchasing Managers
- NOC 1123 – Professional Occupations in Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations
- NOC 4163 – Business Development Officers, and Marketing Research and Consultants
BC PNP’s 29 Tech pilot Programs
There was no end-date mentioned for this update. BC PNP said, they will extend until June 2019 providing employers with the degree of stability and plan further for future needs for staffs.
Here is what the BC PNP’s Tech Pilot Features:
- Dedicated Concierge Service – The technology employers can access the relevant information related to immigration.
- Processing on Priority – Most of the application’s processing time will be 2-3 months.
- Invitations Weekly for Tech Registrants – Technology employers can access timely to the qualified individuals in the 29 eligible tech programs in the list.
- Focused Engagement and Outreach – All events and sessions of BC PNP are tailored for technology sector which included one-to-one employer support.
Since 26 June 2018, all job offers under BC PNP’s Tech Pilot must:
- be for one of the occupations from the 29 in-demand occupations under BCPNP’s Tech pilot.
- be of at least 1-year duration.
- have 120 calendar days at least remaining at application time.
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