Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited a total of 1623 Express Entry candidates in the first Ontario Tech Draw held on July 12. The selected candidates had Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores ranging between 439 and 459. The draw further focused on candidates who had submitted their Express Entry profiles between July 12, 2018, and July 12, 2019.
Ontario Tech Draw:
Ontario announced the launching of the new Tech Draw in the beginning of this month. OINP is introducing Ontario Tech Draw with an aim to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the technology sector of the province. Ontario is where some of the major tech hubs of Canada, namely Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo, are located.
Express Entry candidates are invited to apply for provincial nomination in the Ontario Tech Draw through the Human Capital Priorities Stream. In order to be selected, the candidates need to meet certain eligibility criteria.
Ontario Tech Draw is held through the Human Capital Priorities Stream of OINP. Candidates are selected from the Express Entry pool on the basis of a number of eligibility factors. Though a job offer is not mandatory, the candidate needs to have at least one year of continuous paid full-time work experience or equivalent paid part-time work experience in one of the following six targeted occupations:
- Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
- Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
- Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
- Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
- Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
- Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)
In order to be considered for invitation in the Ontario Tech draw, the candidate must first create an Express Entry profile. If invited, the candidate can submit the complete application for provincial nomination from Ontario. Those who receive nomination will also obtain an additional 600 CRS score points, which would ensure an invitation to apply for permanent residence in the subsequent Express Entry draw.
In the federal Express Entry draws that were held recently, the CRS cut-off score ranged between 438 and 470. Compared to that, a minimum CRS score requirement of 439 in the first Ontario Tech Draw gives more scope for those Express Entry candidates with lower CRS scores.
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