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UPDATE: BC PNP - Tech extended indefinitely. List of eligible occupations may surprise you.

Updated: Jun 3, 2021


BC PNP's Tech Pilot immigration program is aimed at supporting certain economic sectors in recruiting and retaining top skilled international talent within the beautiful province of British Columbia, Canada.

How is the Tech Pilot different?

  • The Tech pilot offers weekly "Tech Only" invitations to apply (ITA) to qualified candidates.

  • There are currently 29 eligible occupations named in BC PNP's list.

  • Priority processing for tech applications.

  • Some flexibility on job offer duration from the regular requirements.

  • There is a dedicated BC PNP concierge service to assist employers.

Which occupations are currently eligible for BC PNP's Tech Pilot program?

When people hear "tech pilot" one may assume a narrower definition of eligible occupations.

However BC PNP's current list of 29 Eligible Occupations for the BC PNP Tech Pilot has some surprises:

  1. Telecommunication carriers managers

  2. Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts

  3. Mechanical engineers

  4. Chemical engineers

  5. Information systems analysts and consultants

  6. Software engineers and designers

  7. Web designers and developers

  8. Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

  9. Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

  10. User support technicians

  11. Authors and writers

  12. Translators, terminologists and interpreters

  13. Audio and video recording technicians

  14. Computer and information systems managers

  15. Civil engineers

  16. Electrical and electronics engineers

  17. Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

  18. Database analysts and data administrators

  19. Computer programmers and interactive media developers

  20. Biological technologists and technicians

  21. Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

  22. Computer network technicians

  23. Information systems testing technicians

  24. Editors

  25. Broadcast technicians

  26. Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts

  27. Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts

  28. Graphic designers and illustrators

  29. Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade

If you think that your occupation fits one of the National Occupation Classification (NOC) description of one of the occupations listed above, then you may potentially qualify to apply under BC PNP's tech pilot. You will need to provide relevant supporting documents demonstrating how you meet all the requirements of the program.

It's important to note that you must meet all program requirements both at the time of registration to seek a nomination, and then at the time of application (if nominated).

If you wish for us to assess your details to see if you qualify for BC PNP or another immigration program, please fill out our no-commitment secure online questionnaire.

Alternatively, if you have specific questions about your case, you can book a consultation with our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). We are legally authorized under the Canadian Immigration Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) & Citizenship Act to provide legal advice and client representation on immigration & citizenship matters. Ensure you are dealing with an Authorized Representative by verifying their details with the ICCRC directory.

DISCLAIMER: The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Information provided was correct at time of publication, however changes may have occurred since it was published. Please contact us directly for any updates or specialist advice specific to your personal circumstances.


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