Ontario has sent out invitations to Express Entry applicants who may be eligible for two provincial immigration streams that target Francophones and skilled trades workers.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) launched the invitations on November 4. These invitations, also known as notifications of interest, or NOIs, were sent to candidates in the French-speaking skilled worker and skilled trades streams.
These two enhanced Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are harmonized with the Express Entry system. Those invited to today’s draw will receive an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points based on their overall rating, should they receive the provincial nomination.
This award would effectively ensure that they would receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence in Canada in a subsequent Federal Express Entry draw.
Applicants are ranked based on human capital factors that the government believes would help them thrive in the Canadian labor market, such as age, work experience, education, and proficiency in English or French.
All the candidates that were invited, will be contacted by the OINP. They must apply for provincial nomination within 45 days online. Applications can be made online, and this can be done by the applicant or by a representative. The application form takes approximately three hours to complete, but it is not necessary to complete it in one session. The cost of the application is CAN $ 1,500 payable by credit card. The POCI accepts Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard, and Mastercard debit cards.
Basics on French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
This PNP is designed for Express Entry candidates who speak English and French. They must meet the eligibility criteria of the Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Each of these federal programs has its own work experience and education requirements.
Applicants must also have a Canadian Language Proficiency Level (CLB) of at least seven in French and at least six in English, among other eligibility criteria.
Basics on Skilled Trades Stream
Skilled tradespeople need at least one year of cumulative full-time paid work experience, or equivalent part-time experience, in Ontario. Qualifying skilled trades must be listed in subgroup 633 or major groups 72, 73, or 82 of the National Occupational Classification.
Work experience must have been acquired in Ontario within the last two years from the date of submission of the application. Work experience must also be in at least one of the occupations identified in the Express Entry profile.
These candidates must also hold a valid certificate or license if they claim work experience in a trade that requires certification. Applicants must have a CLB of at least five in English or French, among other eligibility criteria.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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