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British Columbia’s Tech Pilot Extends till June 2019

A revised version of Tech Pilot of British Columbia will extend for another year. Launched last August, the Tech Pilot is intended to help the province of British Columbia’s booming tech sector bring foreign talent in 32 in-demand occupations through draws of weekly from the Provincial Nominee Program of British Columbia (BC PNP)’s immigration applicants pool. In an update announced June 26, 2018, the Provincial Nominee Program of British Columbia declared that it was prolonging the tech pilot until June 2019 and decreasing both the number of in-demand professions from 32 to 29 as well as the term of its essential job offer, from a permanent offer which is full-time to a full-time offer of minimum one year (365 days). The Provincial Nominee Program of British Columbia said this latest change was “based on tech companies feedback, such as these in the sectors of digital effects and animation, where offers of the job are often awarded on a project-to-project basis, for a particular span of time.” The elimination of three professions from the list of in-demand occupations was also based on feedback from the sector of technology companies and shows actual demand, the Provincial Nominee Program of British Columbia. The three professions that were excluded are:

  1. NOC 0113 is Managers of Purchasing
  2. NOC 1123 is Professional Occupations in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations
  3. NOC 4163 is Officers of Business Development and Marketing Research and Consultants
While no deadline date was connected to the Tech Pilot when it was launched, the Provincial Nominee Program of British Columbia announced stretching it to next year June 2019 “will give companies with a degree of stability that will enable them to design for their staffing needs in the future.”

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