It seems as though it’s that time of year again and British Columbia has decided to extend its tech-specific immigration stream by yet another year! The BC Tech Pilot has already helped 4,200 tech professionals immigrate to Canada and find permanent residency since it’s launch in May 2017. This means that as an Information Technology (IT) professional, you will now have until June 2021 to land your dream job in Canada’s tech sector and make your move to Canada through this fast-tracked Canadian immigration stream.
Ontario and British Columbia (B.C.) are both regarded as Canadian tech hubs, with B.C. boasting over 10,000 tech companies out of a total of over 41,500 in the Canadian Information and Technologies (ICT) sector. Most of these companies are either software or computer companies and are predominantly small to medium-sized businesses, however, you could stand to land a job with tech giants such as Telus, Apple and Microsoft, all of which have headquarters in BC. Taking a tech job in B.C. is also very lucrative as you could, for example, earn up to $106,350 in software engineering or even as much as $181,800 per year in software development management!
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's take a look at the B.C. Tech Pilot, which tech jobs qualify and how we can help you make your Canadian dream a reality.
What is the BC Tech Pilot?
The British Columbia or B.C. Tech Pilot is a Canadian immigration stream that falls under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). It is aimed at introducing global tech talent to Canada’s burgeoning tech industry. The province holds tech-specific draws, similar to Express Entry, where in-demand IT professionals with the necessary skills and experience are nominated by the province to apply for permanent residency, issuing invitations every weekly.
And the best part? When you choose the B.C. Tech Pilot as your pathway to immigrate to Canada, your application will be prioritised and fast-tracked, which means that you could have their visa application processed in as little as two to three months!
The other great part about applying for permanent residency through the BC Tech Pilot is that it doesn’t need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This means that Canadian employers do not have to advertise a job in Canada for 3 months before extending a job offer to international applicants, which means more tech jobs in Canada for you to apply for!
Oh, and did we mention that having a provincial nomination is worth 600 permanent residency (PR) points? This means that you’re all but guaranteed to be successful in your application and could be jetting off to Canada a lot sooner than you think!
Which Tech Jobs in Canada Qualify Under the BC Tech Pilot?
The B.C. Tech Pilot allows foreign tech workers to apply to move to Canada if they fall under one of the following 29 eligible tech occupations.
|BC Tech Pilot Eligible Occupations|
|0131||Telecommunication carriers managers|
|0213||Computer and information systems managers|
|0512||Managers - publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts|
|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|
|5121||Authors and writers|
|5125||Translators, terminologists and interpreters|
|5225||Audio and video recording technicians|
|5226||Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts|
|5227||Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts|
|5241||Graphic designers and illustrators|
|6221||Technical sales specialists - wholesale trade|
In order to qualify to apply to live and work in Canada through the BC Tech Pilot you will need to meet a few requirements:
- A valid full-time job offer in BC of at least 1 year in one of the above mentioned 29 eligible occupations;
- Met minimum wage requirements based on occupation rates in BC
- A BC PNP profile
- Meet education requirements based on occupation and job offer
- Have at least 2 years of work experience related to the job offer
- Meet language requirements of CLB4 or higher
- Have enough settlement funds
- Meet basic immigration requirements of selected immigration category
For more information on how to immigrate to Canada as a tech professional in 2020, visit our blog here.
How Do I Apply Through the BC Tech Pilot?
There are 5 simple steps to applying for permanent residency to immigrate to Canada through eh BC Tech Pilot:
Before you can apply through the B.C. Tech Pilot you will need to apply for a valid job offer in Canada. This is not always easy however with the right approach and knowledge to guide you, you’ll find that it could be simpler than you may expect. For top tips on how to land your dream job in Canada visit our blog here.
Register with the B.C. Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) - This is a points-based application system that helps the BC government choose the best applicant for the job. You will be assessed according to your job, location in BC, education, language skills and salary offer. In order to do this, you will need to create a BC PNP profile.
Receive your invitation - if successful you will receive an invitation to apply for a nomination to apply for permanent residence. Only the highest-scoring applicants will receive nominations so it is important to improve your PR or Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score if you can.
Apply for your provincial nomination - once you have an invite you will need to apply for a nomination for permanent residency within 30 days from the time you receive your invite.
Receive your provincial nomination - if approved you will receive confirmation of your nomination which you will need to submit with your application for permanent residency in Canada.
It is important to note that this nomination does not allow you to work in Canada. If you are required to start working before your application for permanent residency has been processed you will need to apply for a work permit.
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How We Can Help You Join the Canadian Tech Community
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