Author: Stephen Smith
Ontario has issued new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to 75 Express Entry candidates through its Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams.
The latest invitation rounds were held May 16 and 17 and are the seventh that Ontario has held through through the two streams since the end of March.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) said the 45 Express Entry candidates who received invitations through the Skilled Trades Stream submitted their Express Entry profiles between January 1, 2018, and May 16, 2018.
The 30 Express Entry candidates invited through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream submitted their Express Entry profiles between January 1, 2018, and May 17, 2018.
There is no minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement for either stream and Express Entry candidates who are nominated by Ontario receive an additional 600 points toward their CRS score.
Ontario has now issued 697 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) through the Skilled Trades Stream since the start of 2018. Another 438 Express Entry candidates have received NOIs through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream this year and 2,587 Express Entry candidates have been invited through Ontario’s other Express Entry-linked stream, the Human Capital Priorities Stream.
The OINP says it will continue issuing NOIs to candidates in the federal Express Entry pool who qualify for one of Ontario’s Express Entry streams “on a regular basis.”
The Skilled Trades Stream is for skilled workers with a valid Express Entry profile who qualify for the Canadian Experience Class and have work experience in an eligible skilled trade.
The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream was launched in 2015 to target French-speaking Express Entry candidates who qualify for either the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class and who have sufficient English language abilities (CLB 6 or higher).
There are also unique provincial criteria that candidates must meet.
Express Entry candidates who received a NOI in these latest invitation rounds have 45 calendar days from the date the NOI letter was issued to submit an online application to the OINP.
The first step to pursuing any of Ontario’s Express Entry-linked streams is to submit a profile to the federal Express Entry pool.