BC TECH PILOT: Due to the fast growth of the tech industry in B.C, the government is trying during the last decade to develop the highest quality of local talents. it created more work experience opportunities and offred tech training and education in post-secondary institutions.
But unfortunately, even with all the efforts, B.C Companies are still unable to fulfill ll the position and find all the needed talents in the local market, With demand for talents exceeding the supply, the Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) is looking to attract more workers and graduates in the technology sector. Companies will attract the best skillful individuals from around the world. Tech investors and skilled workers from outside Canada can help grow B.C.’s technology sector, leading to the creation of more businesses and also more jobs for British Columbians.
B.C analyzed the situation and came up with the BC Tech Pilot which has helped more than 4,200 tech workers to get B.C PNP nomination for permanent residence since it started back in May 2017. The objective of this BC Tech Pilot is to: help ensure that the technology sector in the province is able to get the needed resources from outside Canada and keep them, in order to help the growth of the technology sector more and more.
The BC PNP Tech Pilot helps employers address their talent needs. it provides a fast-tracked, permanent immigration pathway for in-demand foreign workers and international students.
What Are The Features Of BC Tech Pilot
The BC Tech Pilot key features are based on service, timeliness, prioritization, and engagement in response to the needs of the industry:
- Service: A dedicated BC PNP concierge for tech employers provides tailored information and navigation assistance for immigration programs and processes.
- Timeliness: Qualified skilled tech workers will get invitations to apply every week, minimizing the wait for employers and their prospective employees.
- Prioritization: BC will prioritize application during processing in order to meet the sector’s fast-paced demands.
- Engagement: BC will provide continues support to tech sector employers through proactive engagement activities and participation in key industry events.
What Are The Eligible Tech Pilot occupations
The complete list of the 29 in-demand tech occupations can be downloaded from here.
Technology companies may connect with the concierge service even if they are hiring for occupations that are not in the list of BC Tech Pilot.
Do I need a job offer?
there 2 scenarios for the application, either you will apply for BC Tech Pilot before you start working, and in this case, your job offer should be under one of the 29 eligible occupations and also must be for at least one year (365 days), the second scenario is when you apply for BC Tech Pilot while you are working, in this situation your job offer must have at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP, you can’t apply when your contract is almost expiring with your employer.
BC Tech Pilot process, How should I proceed?
BC is issuing weekly invitations to qualified applicants who have valid job offers in the 29 occupations.
It all starts with employer registration, which means your employer should make a free registration process and provide all the needed information about his company, BC will check the data and issue an invitation to apply to the employee (You), all requirement of employee and employer must be met at the time of application submission.
BC is prioritizing applications with job offers in one of the 29 required occupations. Once you submit your application, the system will assign it to a Tech Pilot specialist who will start processing your file the next day.
The Processing times BC Tech Pilot applications are 2-3 months from the day BC will receive your file. BC is trying to reduce this time frame.
The Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development, and Competitiveness will continue to help technology employers and investors to get the right resources from outside Canada.
BC is offering concierge services
If you have a company in B.C.’s technology sector and have any question or looking for more clarifications, You can contact the BC concierge at this email: [email protected]
In case you are an employee and would like to get more details about any BC PNP program including the PNP Tech Pilot, you can contact the province via their Contact Us page.
BC PNP Tech Pilot: FAQs
What is the BC PNP Tech Pilot?
- The BC PNP Tech Pilot is an initiative under the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) to support the tech sector in recruiting top international
- The BC PNP Tech Pilot offers:
- weekly “tech-only” invitations to apply (ITA) to qualified candidates working in one of 29 eligible tech occupations in B.C., as indicated in this document (applicants still need to register with the BC PNP)
- dedicated concierge service for tech employers
- priority processing for tech applications
- targeted outreach and engagement with the tech sector
- some flexibility with job offer duration (see below for details)
How long will the BC PNP Tech Pilot be offered?
- The BC PNP Tech Pilot is extending the program to June 2021
Job offer minimum requirement for eligible tech occupations
- Job offers under the BC PNP Tech Pilot must meet the following criteria:
- the job offer must be for a single job in one of the 29 occupations eligible under the BC PNP Tech Pilot;
- the job offer must be at least one year in duration (365 days); and
- there must be at least 120 calendar days remaining on the job offer at the time of application
- BC will accept also longer duration job offers, including indeterminate (permanent, or with no set end date).
How does the BC PNP Tech Pilot process work?
- You need to determine if your job offer is one of the 29 occupations listed as eligible. Then select which category would be the best fit for your application. More information regarding full category requirements can be found in BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide.
- Once you have determined your category, register online with the BC PNP and you will receive a registration score. Registration is Free.
- Every week, (subject to processing capacity), BC will conduct a tech draw to invite the highest-scoring technology sector registrants to apply.
- You have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a completed online application. The application requires a $700 processing fee at the time of online submission.
- BC will process the application on a priority basis.
- If approved, you will receive a nomination certificate (confirmation of nomination) that you can use to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada under the Provincial Nominee program.
- BC will issue work permits to candidates that received their nomination which will allow them to work during the permanent residency process.
Who can access the BC PNP concierge service?
- The BC PNP Tech Pilot key features are based on service, timeliness, prioritization, and closer engagement with the tech sector.
- A dedicated BC PNP concierge for all tech employers provides tailored information and navigation assistance of immigration programs and processes.
- All tech companies can access the BC PNP concierge for free, they can email [email protected] anytime.
How do I apply for the BC PNP Tech Pilot?
- The BC PNP Tech pilot is not a separate BC PNP stream or category.
- Applicants simply apply to the BC PNP under one of the existing categories. An applicant’s eligibility for the Tech Pilot is based on the registrant/applicant’s job offer (NOC).
- Refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide for full details of the requirements for each category, and for information on the process to register and apply.
How do I register?
- Create an online profile with BCPNP Online
- Complete all sections of the registration
- Submit your registration
Registration does not guarantee that you BC will send you an invitation to apply.
Do I need a job offer for the BC PNP Tech Pilot?
- All BC PNP categories, except the International Post-Graduate categories, require a job offer from a B.C. employer.
- Job offers must be for at least one year (365 days), and the job offer must have at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP. For more information, please refer to the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program
Where can I find a job in B.C.’s tech sector?
- The BC PNP is unable to assist potential applicants with their job search.
- The following websites may be helpful to get a start in your search for a job in the tech sector:
I am already working in one of the identified occupations. Do I need a new job offer?
- If you are already working in an eligible occupation, you may submit a registration with your current job offer. Job offers must be for at least one year (365 days), and the job offer must have at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP.
- BC may contact you or your employer for more details in case you receive an invitation to apply.
- Please refer to BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Technical guide for a list of required documents.
Does my company have to be in the tech sector, or just have a tech occupation to be filled?
- The BC PNP Tech Pilot supports the attraction of skilled workers to satisfy the demand for tech talent, this will hell massively in expanding the province’s technology talent pool.
- In order to benefit from the BC PNP Tech Pilot, the job your company is offering must be one of the 29 eligible positions.
Which occupations will BC Tech include in the weekly tech draw?
- BC will issue weekly invitations to apply for registrants in 29 key technology occupations for all Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC
- A full list of the 29 occupations can be found here. In case your job duties are not accurately reflecting the NOC you have identified in your application, your application may be impacted.
- Applicants and supporting employers must meet all program requirements.
- More information about draws can be found on Invitations To Apply page.
My current occupation is very technology-focused but is not on the list of 29 occupations. Can I be fast-tracked?
- You may still be eligible to apply to the BC PNP under one of the categories if your occupation isn’t one of the 29 eligible occupations.
- BC will continue to conduct regular draws for qualified individuals across many different occupations based on the annual allocation and the program’s processing time.
- For more information on the process, please visit the Skills Immigration process or Express Entry BC process
I have submitted my registration but have not yet been invited to apply. After I registered, I have been promoted to one of the 29 eligible tech NOCs. What should I do?
- You will need to withdraw your existing registration and create a new one with your new position.
I have submitted my application but I have now been promoted to one of the 29 eligible tech NOCs? What should I do?
- You will need to contact BC as soon as possible to let them know about the change in your position.
- BC will assess any changes to your application in order to ensure it meets the criteria of the BC PNP Tech
How long will it take for my tech application to be processed?
- The processing time for applications is two to three months.
- BC will prioritize the processing of Tech Pilot to meet the fast-paced demands of the applications.
- Processing times for permanency residency applications are the responsibility of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). View current IRCC processing times for more information.
Why are you doing this pilot for the tech sector?
- The BC Tech Association and the Vancouver Economic Commission conducted labor market research. It also developed a range of strategies to better understand and meet the tech workforce needs.
- The research identified access to talent as the biggest issue facing the tech sector.
- BC will support the tech sector’s continuous growth by simplifying access to talent using the full array of immigration tools. This strategy will attract and retain the technical skills needed in BC.
Will you be offering similar pilots for other sectors?
- The results of the pilot will be used to determine if these operational enhancements have a positive impact and if this is the best approach to support other key sectors.
- Applicants and employers from other sectors who meet the criteria may still access the BC PNP. The BC PNP has different categories and requirements based on the applicant’s qualifications, experience, and skill level of the job offered.
- More information can be found on the Pathways page.
Where can I find more information?
- If you are an employer in B.C.’s technology sector and have more questions, please contact the BC PNP concierge: [email protected]
- Download the BC PNP Tech Pilot information sheet – for employers or the BC PNP Tech Pilot information sheet – for workers (English, French)for a printable, high-level overview of the program.
- Refer to BC PNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Program Guide for information about the program criteria.
- Go to the process page for information about the registration process.
- Go to the invitations page for information about invitations to apply, including draw dates and the number and frequency of invitations.