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Ontario’s Latest Tech Draw Invites 668 Immigration Candidates

Ontario’s latest Tech Draw was conducted on December 15. A total of 668 immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) rolled out targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to candidates who may be eligible for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream. These Express Entry candidates must have valid profiles in the federal Express Entry system.

The 668 immigration candidates received NOIs from the Tech Draw. Principal applicants needed a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score ranging between 460 and 468 in order to be invited.

Candidates are not required to have a job offer to qualify, but they needed a minimum of one year of work experience in one of the following tech occupations:

  • NOC 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • NOC 2147 Computer engineer
  • NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • NOC 2173 Software engineer and designers
  • NOC 2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers
  • NOC 2175 Web designer and developers

People who received the NOI from Ontario now have forty-five (45) calendar days to lodge their application for the provincial nomination.

If they are awarded the nomination from Ontario province they will automatically get an extra 600 CRS points toward their overall CRS score. These additional points practically assure that they will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in future Express Entry draw. This goes for anyone who is selected under any of the Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada.

This will make it the fifth tech draw held in Ontario this year. The one on July 29 was the highest Tech Draw so far in 2020, when 1,288 immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.

So far in 2020, Ontario province has sent out 9,082 invitations across its Human Capital Priorities Stream, Skilled Trades stream and, French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream.

How to get invited for Ontario’s Tech Draw

The first step to becoming qualified for an invitation through the OINP Tech draw is to create a valid profile in Canada’s Express Entry system.

Express Entry is an application processing system for three main federal economic-class immigration programs: Federal Skilled Workers Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Ontario’s Human Capital Priority stream recognizes immigration candidates from the Federal Skilled Workers Program and the Canadian Experience Class.

Express Entry candidates are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on their age, work experience, age, and language proficiency in French or English.

The Ontario’s Tech Draws pull from the Express Entry pool of candidates, inviting qualified tech workers to apply for a provincial nomination from the province.

Please note that applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for Canadian immigration. If invited candidates successfully obtain the provincial nomination from Ontario province, they can then use it to apply for Canadian immigration from the federal government.

Once they are approved by the immigration, refugee, and citizenship Canada (IRCC), these new permanent residents will get to settled into their technology careers in Ontario.