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Ontario Issues 484 Invitations To Express Entry Candidates In First Draw Of 2021

Ontario province issued 484 invitations to Express Entry candidates through two provincial immigration streams in the first draw of the year 2021.

On January 13, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) sent out Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry candidates in the French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades categories.

These two enhanced Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are linked with the Express Entry system. Candidates who received a notification of interest in this draw had to have valid Express Entry profiles that were created between Jan.13, 2020, and Jan. 13, 2021.

The Skilled Trades Stream allows the Ontario immigration department to search the Express Entry pool for candidates presently residing in Ontario who have a minimum of one-year full-time work experience or part-time work equivalent, in a skilled trade listed in Major Group 72, 73, or Minor Group 633 or 82 under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Out of the total 484 invitations issued, 338 Skilled Trades Stream candidates with NOIs had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 434 and 460.

The French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream is made for bilingual candidates who speak English and French.

Candidates need to meet the eligibility requirements of the Federal Skilled Worker Program or Canadian Experience Class. Each of these federal programs has its own requirements for education or work experience.

Candidates in this program also need a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least a six in English, or at least seven in French, and among other eligibility requirements.

The 146 FSSW candidates who received notification of interest in this draw had a CRS score between 456 and 460.

While candidates do not need a job offer to apply under either the French-Speaking Skilled Worker or the Skilled Trades Streams, they must meet all the mandatory federal and provincial eligibility requirements specified by the OINP.

Candidates who successfully obtain a provincial nomination under these two Express Entry-linked programs receive an extra 600 CRS points, practically assures an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residence through the Express Entry system.

Express Entry is an application management system for the three main federal immigration programs: Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

The first step to being recognized as a candidate under the Skilled Trade and French-Speaking Skilled Worker Streams is to open a valid Express Entry profile.

All Express Entry candidates invited under Ontario’s Express Entry Streams will be contacted by the immigration department and will have to lodge a complete application for a provincial nomination within forty-five (45) calendar days of obtaining an NOI.

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