Ontario conducted a new draw on February 16, inviting Express Entry candidates with work experience in the tech sector to apply for a provincial nomination.
Invited candidates will need to show that they have eligible work experience in one of the listed occupations, in order to obtain the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) nominations. These six occupations considered as high priority are:
- Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213);
- Computer engineers (NOC 2147);
- Database analysts and data administrator (NOC 2172);
- Software engineer and designers (NOC 2173);
- Computer programmer and interactive media developer (NOC 2174); or
- Web designer and developers (NOC 2175).
Those who received an invitation now have forty-five (45) days to lodge their application for the PNP.
Those candidates that receive the nomination from Ontario province will automatically get an extra 600 CRS points toward their overall score.
This boost will practically assure that the successful candidates will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in an upcoming Express Entry draw. This goes for anyone who obtains a provincial nomination from any PNP.
This is Ontario’s first Tech Draw of 2021. The last Human Capital Priorities draw invited candidates in targeted occupation sectors, especially in finance, and health occupations, among others.
Last year, the Ontario immigration department invited 6,716 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination via the Human Capital Priorities stream. This was the biggest proportion of all the Express-Entry aligned PNP nominations that Ontario rolled out in 2020.
How To Obtain An Invitation From Ontario As A Tech Worker
The first step is to create a valid profile in Canada’s Express Entry system.
Express Entry is an application management system for three main federal economic-class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Workers Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry candidates are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on their age, work experience, education, and language proficiency in French or English.
The OINP Tech Draws draw from the Express Entry pool of candidates, inviting qualified tech workers to apply for a provincial nomination.
Applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for Canadian permanent residence. If invited immigration candidates successfully obtain the provincial nomination from Ontario province, they can then use it to apply for Canadian permanent residence from the federal government.
Once they are approved by the Canadian government, these newcomers will get to settle into their careers in Ontario.
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