British Columbia invited 68 candidates in the Tech Pilot

British Columbia invited 68 candidates in the Tech Pilot

British Columbia invited 68 candidates in the Tech Pilot
On December 1, 2020, British Columbia conducted a new invitation round in the Tech Pilot of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The province distributed 68 invitations to apply for a nomination in four categories: Skills Immigration – Skilled Worker, Skills Immigration – International Graduate, Express Entry British Columbia – Skilled Worker, and Express Entry British Columbia – International Graduate. The lowest score in all categories did not change and was 80 points. So far, British Columbia invited 2,018 Tech Pilot candidates in 2020, which is about 22,6% of the total 8,892 invitations issued by the province this year.

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Pre-Removal Risk Assessment to be conducted online
On December 2, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced that in response to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) hearings can now be delivered remotely through the videoconference technology. Applicants for PRRA along with their councils will now have the opportunity to participate in the hearings using their own devices to connect to MS Teams. The more flexibility in the process organization will reduce the need to visit the council’s office and participate in the hearing from the home location of the applicant. IRCC stressed that the remote participation in the PRRA hearings may continue after the COVID-19 pandemic.


Two streams of Nova Scotia Nominee Program go online
On December 2, 2020, Nova Scotia Nominee Program published an update regarding the online acceptance of applications in the Nova Scotia Skilled Worker and Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry streams. Beginning January 4, 2021, applications in those streams will be accepted online only. A paper application will not be accepted and processed after this date. At the moment, Nova Scotia did not provide any additional information about those streams.

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Will the Immigrant Investor Program come back in light of COVID-19?
Under the pressure of multiple lobbyists, the Canadian federal government may choose to bring back the Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) to support the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The federal government abolished the IIP in 2015 because the program did not provide sufficient economic benefits nor did the participants contribute to the community as expected. As Canada will be running a deficit of over $343 billion, however, it is expected the government may re-implement the IIP to support the economy and jobs and mitigate the damage caused by the pandemic.

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