Author: Stephen Smith
Ontario has issued more invitations through its Express Entry-linked Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams.
The latest invitation rounds were held May 23 and 24 and issued a total of 64 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to eligible Express Entry candidates.
The draws continue a trend that’s seen Ontario conduct weekly invitation rounds through both of these stream since the second week of April.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) said the 30 Express Entry candidates who received invitations through the Skilled Trades Stream submitted their Express Entry profiles between January 1, 2018, and May 23, 2018.
The 34 Express Entry candidates invited through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream submitted their Express Entry profiles between January 1, 2018, and May 24, 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 727 NOIs through the Skilled Trades Stream since the start of 2018. Another 502 Express Entry candidates have received NOIs through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream this year.
Ontario has also issued 2,587 NOIs in 2018 through its Human Capital Priorities Stream, which is also linked to the Express Entry system.
The OINP says it will continue issuing NOIs to candidates in the federal Express Entry pool who are eligible for one of Ontario’s Express Entry streams “on a regular basis.”
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.