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Express Entry candidates invited under two PNP streams in Ontario.

Ontario has issued invitations to qualified candidates under two of its provincial nominee programs, which target French-speakers and skilled-trade workers.

On the 4th of November, Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) issued the Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to qualified candidates under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades streams.

The above-mentioned enhanced PNP streams fall along with the Express Entry system of Canada.

French Speaking Skilled Worker stream

This PNP stream is suitable for bilingual candidates who are proficient in French and English language. The work experience and educational requirements of the Canadian Experience Class, or the Federal Skilled Worker Program must be met by the candidates. Candidates are also required to have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) with at least a score of seven in French, and six in English to be eligible.

Skilled Trades stream

This PNP stream requires the candidate to have full-time paid work experience of at least one year in Ontario, and their eligible skilled trades must be listed in Minor Group 633, or Major Groups 72, 73, or 82 of the National Occupation Classification. 

Candidates are also required to have a valid license if they claim to have work experience in a trade that requires certification. Candidates are also required to have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) with at least a score of five in French and English language to be eligible.

If the candidates receive a provincial nomination, they will be awarded additional 600 CRS points, which guarantees them an Express Entry invites for a Permanent Residence.

The Canadian express entry is an online system that is used to manage the applications of skilled workers for permanent residence and identifying which of them are eligible for the invite. 

Express Entry oversees Canada’s three main economic classes which are – the Federal Skilled Workers Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. ITA’s are issued to a certain number of top-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pools to apply for their permanent residence in the regular draws that usually takes place every two weeks and incorporates the vast majority of candidates from the three main economic classes managed by express entry. 

In the process of selecting candidates to be invited for permanent residence, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score remains the top priority and the primary factor. The cut-off CRS score can be influenced by certain factors such as the size of the draw and period between draws. This implies that the CRS cut-off score would be lower if the pool size is bigger and if there is less time between two draws and vice-versa. Factors such as age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English and French also play a major role in determining the CRS score. 

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