The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech is a fast-track immigration pathway tailored for individuals with tech skills applying to become permanent residents in British Columbia (BC). This program is designed to support BC’s tech sector in attracting and retaining international talent in 29 targeted occupations, especially in areas where there is a recognized shortage of skilled workers within the province. This program is an immigration route for tech-related occupations, offering a straightforward path for those in occupations like data scientists, cybersecurity specialists, and computer engineers, among others. Requirements include a full-time job offer in BC, minimum two years of work experience, language proficiency, and education requirements​​.

Eligible occupations for BC PNP Tech 

Telecommunication carriers managers0131
Computer and information systems managers0213
Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts0512
Civil engineers2131
Mechanical engineers2132
Electrical and electronics engineers2133
Chemical engineers2134
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)2147
Information systems analysts and consultants2171
Database analysts and data administrators2172
Software engineers and designers2173
Computer programmers and interactive media developers2174
Web designers and developers2175
Biological technologists and technicians2221
Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians2241
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)2242
Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics2243
Computer network technicians2281
User support technicians2282
Information systems testing technicians2283
Authors and writers5121
Translators, terminologists and interpreters5125
Broadcast technicians5224
Audio and video recording technicians5225
Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts5226
Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts5227
Graphic designers and illustrators5241
Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade6221

Key Features of the BC PNP Tech

  • Targeted Occupations: The BC PNP Tech focuses on 29 tech occupations, including software engineers, programmers, web developers, and more, addressing the specific labor market needs in BC’s technology sector.
  • Weekly Invitations: Candidates in the BC PNP Tech Pool receive priority processing, with invitations to apply issued weekly to qualified candidates, ensuring a quick transition from temporary to permanent residence status.
  • No Job Offer Duration Requirement: Unlike some other programs, the BC PNP Tech does not require the job offer to be for a minimum duration. The job offer must be full-time and from an eligible employer in BC.
  • Dedicated Concierge Service: A tech sector-specific service provides employers with information related to immigration and the nomination process to assist in hiring foreign talent.

Steps to Apply for BC PNP Tech

  1. Eligibility Check: Ensure you meet the criteria for one of the BC PNP’s Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories and have a valid job offer in one of the 29 targeted tech occupations.
  2. Registration and Application: Interested candidates need to register and apply through the BC PNP online system. The registration score will determine if the candidate receives an invitation to apply.
  3. Invitation to Apply: If invited, candidates have 30 days from the date of invitation to submit a complete application online to the BC PNP.
  4. Nomination: After a thorough review, successful applicants will receive a nomination from BC, which they can then use to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Streamlined Pathways to Permanent Residency

Upon receiving a nomination through the BC PNP Tech, the next step is applying for permanent residency. The nomination significantly increases the chances of receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence under the Express Entry system, if applicable, due to the additional points awarded for a provincial nomination. Alternatively, nominees can apply through the regular process outside of Express Entry but with the advantage of the nomination supporting their application for permanent residency.

Advantages of BC PNP Tech

  • Expedited Processing: The BC PNP Tech stream offers faster processing times for tech workers and their employers, facilitating quicker decisions on permanent residence applications.
  • Support for Employers: The program includes initiatives to help BC tech employers recruit and retain international talent, supporting the growth of the tech sector in the province.
  • Flexibility: The program is designed with flexibility in mind, recognizing the dynamic nature of tech job contracts and offers.

BC PNP Tech represents a strategic initiative by the province of British Columbia to fulfill the demand for high-skilled tech professionals and support the growth of its technology sector. It offers a viable pathway for tech workers seeking permanent residence in Canada, leveraging their skills to contribute to BC’s economic development.


What is the BC PNP Tech Program?

It’s a pathway for tech professionals to gain permanent residency in British Columbia, focusing on 29 in-demand tech occupations.

Who is eligible for this Program?

Candidates in certain tech occupations with a valid job offer in BC and who meet the criteria for BC PNP’s Skills Immigration or Express Entry BC categories.

Do I need a job offer to apply for this Program?

Yes, a full-time, valid job offer from an eligible BC employer is required.

How are invitations to apply issued in this Program?

Weekly, to candidates in the BC PNP Tech Pool who meet the eligibility criteria.

What are the advantages of this Program?

Expedited processing, support for employers, and flexibility in job offer duration.

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