In the latest Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) draw held on December 11, a total of 667 Express Entry candidates belonging to the Skilled Trades Stream received Notifications of Interest. The draw was held following Ontario receiving an additional nomination allocation of 700 for the year 2019. The latest draw has brought the total allocation of nominations for OINP to 7350. Originally, Ontario had been allocated only 6650 nominations for the current year.
OINP Skilled Trades Stream
The Skilled Trades Stream is one of the three immigration pathways under OINP that are aligned to the federal Express Entry system. Under the stream, OINP selects those candidates with work experience in one of the eligible skilled trades for issuing Notifications of Interest to apply for provincial nomination from Ontario. To be eligible for the Skilled Trades Stream, the candidate must have at least one year of work experience in Ontario in an eligible skilled trade and meet other criteria.
The December 11 draw selected candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 410. This is quite low compared to the minimum CRS score requirement for the latest federal Express Entry draw, which was 472. The OINP will consider those who have received NOIs in the December 11 draw under the 2020 nomination allocation for the province.
OINP Express Entry
The OINP has three immigration pathways aligned to the federal Express Entry system and the Skilled Trades Stream is one among them. The other two are Human Capital Priorities Stream and French-speaking Skilled Worker Stream. While the Human Capital Priorities Stream issued total of 6958 Notifications of Interest this year, 549 NoIs were issued through the French-speaking Skilled Worker Stream. Those who receive NoI, apply for provincial nomination, and successfully obtain the nomination will get 600 additional CRS score points that would guarantee them an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent federal Express Entry draw.
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