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BC PNP Tech Stream – 2023 | Requirements & Occupations List

07/04/2023BY Dylan

Benefits of the The BC PNP Tech Stream

The BC PNP Tech stream provides international talent in tech occupations with a pathway to permanent residence in British Columbia. Since its launch in May 2017, BC PNP Tech has supported more than 6,000 tech workers. Let’s explore the benefits and eligibility criteria for this stream.

The BC PNP Tech stream gives international talent in tech occupations a pathway to permanent residence, so they can help grow the economy of the province and build a great life in British Columbia. Since its launch in May 2017, BC PNP Tech has supported more than 6,000 tech workers.


Benefits of the BC PNP Tech

  • British Columbia conducts targeted tech-only draws to ensure that skilled tech applicants have priority access to the program.
  • They also assign files to a dedicated team, resulting in more timely processing of tech applications.
  • In addition, British Columbia offers an employer concierge service for companies wishing to support an applicant under BC PNP Tech.
  • This pathway does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
  • B.C. also offers client support services through email and phone until permanent residence.

How does the BC PNP Tech stream work?

There are 29 in-demand tech occupations eligible for BC PNP Tech. Moreover, candidates need to choose the BC PNP category that is right for them, and meet the general and category requirements:

  • Skilled Worker (including Express Entry BC option)
  • International Graduate (including Express Entry BC option)

If candidates apply with a valid job offer in one of the eligible tech occupations, their job offer must be for at least one year (365 days).

Eligible Tech Occupations

NOC Code Job Title
0131 Telecommunication carriers managers
0213 Computer and information systems managers
0512 Managers – publishing, motion pictures, broadcasting and performing arts
2131 Civil engineers
2132 Mechanical engineers
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers
2134 Chemical 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
5122 Editors
5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters
5224 Broadcast technicians
5225 Audio and video recording technicians
5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
6221 Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade
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Key Requirements and process for the BC PNP Tech Program

To apply for the BC PNP Tach you must create a profile and register in BCPNP Online. Your score will be scored based on the personal profile.

If you are invited to apply, you have up to 30 calendar days to submit a completed online application.

  • The BC PNP will invite people who are in the registration pool to submit an application to the BC PNP.
  • If you apply with a valid job offer in one of the eligible tech occupations, your job offer must be for at least one year (365 days). (The job offer must have at least 120 days remaining at the time of application to the BC PNP.)
  • If approved, you will receive a nomination certificate (confirmation of nomination) that you can use to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada under the Provincial Nominee Class.
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