The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) recently held its first provincial draw of 2021.
A total of 484 Notification of Interest (NOIs) were issued to eligible candidates who already had their profile registered in the Express Entry system. This effectively meant that Ontario nominated candidates to apply for permanent residence under its ‘enhanced’ provincial streams.
Candidates need not have a job offer to apply under the ‘enhanced’ provincial streams, however, required to meet all the mandatory federal and provincial requirements – work experience, provincial ties, language proficiency, financial stability, or any other requirement as set by the OINP.
Preference To Bilingual Express Entry Candidates
The provincial draw held on January 13 invited candidates under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades streams. These candidates had their profiles registered in the Express Entry pool between January 13, 2020, and January 13, 2021.
More than half of the invited candidates qualified under the Skilled Trades Stream. OINP allows candidates currently living in Ontario and having a minimum of one-year full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work, in a skilled trade listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC). They are also required to be registered in the federal Express Entry pool in order to be eligible.
The 338 Skilled Trades Stream candidates who received NOIs in today’s draw had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 434 and 460.
Further, the remaining NOIs went to The French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) which prefers Express Entry candidates who speak English and French. In order to qualify, these candidates need to meet the eligibility requirements of the Canadian Experience Class, or the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
The 146 FSSW candidates who received NOIs in today’s draw had a CRS score between 456 and 460.
Securing Permanent Residence In Canada
All candidates with a provincial nomination as in the present case may fetch upto 600 additional points. This will get reflected in their overall CRS score that forms the basis of their nomination to apply for Canada PR.
Each nomination draw releases a unique qualifying CRS as the previous PNP-specific Express Entry draw had a CRS requirement of 741 points.
Further, Canada is expected to issue 80,000 or more ITAs for provincial nominations in 2021. Now is the good time to visit your nearest immigration consultant to determine your eligibility.
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