Saturday , March 17 2018


British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program launches a new initiative supporting the B.C.’s Technology Sector called BC PNP Tech Pilot. This new program is looking for aspiring immigrants and attracts more workers and graduates in the technology sector to the province. Based on the Canadian province’s need, they have identified 32 in demand occupations under the tech sector.

Here are the lists of 32 key technology occupations they need for the program with its National Occupational Classification (NOC) corresponding codes:

NOC0113             Purchasing managers

NOC0131             Telecommunication carriers managers

NOC0213             Computer and information systems managers

NOC0512             Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts

NOC1123             Professional occupations in advertising, marketing, and public relations

NOC2131             Civil engineers

NOC2132             Mechanical engineers

NOC2133             Electrical and electronics engineers

NOC2134             Chemical engineers

NOC2147             Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)

NOC2171             Information systems analysts and consultants

NOC2172             Database analysts and data administrators

NOC2173             Software engineers and designers

NOC2174             Computer programmers and interactive media developers

NOC2175             Web designers and developers

NOC2221             Biological technologists and technicians

NOC2241             Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians

NOC2242             Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)

NOC2243             Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics

NOC2281             Computer network technicians

NOC2282             User support technicians

NOC2283             Information systems testing technicians

NOC4163             Business development officers and marketing researchers and consultants

NOC5121             Authors and writers

NOC5122             Editors

NOC5125             Translators, terminologists, and interpreters

NOC5224             Broadcast technicians

NOC5225             Audio and video recording technicians

NOC5227             Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts

NOC5226             Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts

NOC5241             Graphic designers and illustrators

NOC6221             Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

How to apply thru BC PNP Tech Pilot?

  • You need to determine if your NOC is eligible as listed from the 32 occupations above. Then select which category would be the best fit for your application.
  • Once you have determined your category, register online with the BC PNP and you will receive a registration score. Registration is free. BC Registration Online
  • Every week, (subject to processing capacity), they will conduct a tech draw to invite the highest-scoring technology sector registrants to apply.
  • If you are invited to apply, you have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a complete online application. The application requires a $700 processing fee at the time of online submission.
  • If approved, you will receive a nomination that you can use to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada under the expedited Provincial Nominee Class.
  • Individuals who have been nominated and who meet the conditions of their nomination will receive a work permit support letter that allows them to obtain or renew their current work permit allowing them to work throughout the permanent residency process.


  • Weekly Draw
  • Currently, no end date scheduled
  • Expedite process – Standard application are processed within two to three months
  • Work Permit support but LMIA not required (For existing TFW and International Student Graduates)



  • Read carefully the guidelines when looking for a qualified BC Employer here. BC Employer Guidelines
  • If you are planning to become an International Student in British Columbia, you might like considering these 32 key occupations. Look for related programs then when you graduate, get a job related and apply thru BC Tech Pilot to get the PR status immediately.




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