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Canada: British Columbia’s Successful BC PNP Tech Pilot Extended To June 2021

The BC Provincial Nominee Program Tech Pilot offers a quick immigration pathway for people with tech skills applying to be permanent Canadian residents. The Tech Pilot has supported over 4,200 tech workers to be nominated for permanent residence since its launch in May 2017. And the great news is this that province announced that the BC PNP Tech Pilot has been extended for another year i.e. till 2021 to give British Columbia technology companies continued fast access to in-demand skilled workers by prioritizing applications in 29 in-demand occupations. Beyond accessing the skills and talent of B.C. workers, companies need to be able to attract skilled workers from around the world. Tech entrepreneurs and skilled workers from other countries can help grow B.C.’s technology sector, leading to more jobs for British Columbians. The 29 in demand occupations are as follows :

Eligible occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot

Occupation NOC
Telecommunication carriers managers 0131
Computer and information systems managers 0213
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts 0512
Civil engineers 2131
Mechanical engineers 2132
Electrical and electronics engineers 2133
Chemical engineers 2134
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) 2147
Information systems analysts and consultants 2171
Database analysts and data administrators 2172
Software engineers and designers 2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers 2174
Web designers and developers 2175
Biological technologists and technicians 2221
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2241
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment) 2242
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2243
Computer network technicians 2281
User support technicians 2282
Information systems testing technicians 2283
Authors and writers 5121
Editors 5122
Translators, terminologists and interpreters 5125
Broadcast technicians 5224
Audio and video recording technicians 5225
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts 5226
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts 5227
Graphic designers and illustrators 5241
Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade 6221

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