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Ontario invites 772 candidates in its recent Express Entry tech draw

Ontario’s fourth tech draw this year was held in Ontario on 15th October. Express Entry candidates who had an occupation in any 1 out of 6 required tech jobs were invited to apply for Permanent Residence (PR).

About 772 candidates who qualify for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream and have a profile on Express Entry System have been issued Notifications of Interest (NOI) by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

A comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 462-470 was required by the candidates to receive an NOI.

Work experience of at least one year in the following tech fields was also required:

  • NOC 0213 Computer and information systems managers
  • NOC 2147 Computer engineers
  • NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
  • NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers
  • NOC 2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers
  • NOC 2175 Web designers and developers

45 days have been allotted to the candidates who have received their NOIs to apply for provincial nomination.

As in all provincial nominations in Canada, if the selected candidate receives the provincial nomination, they will be awarded additional 600 points, which virtually guarantees them an Invitation to apply for permanent residence.

Express Entry:

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 time span between draws. This implies that the CRS cut-off score would be lower if the pool size if bigger and if there is less time span 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.

The standard time that is taken for a permanent residence application filed through the Express Entry System to process takes around six months, as stated by the Government of Canada.

Provincial Nomination Program (PNP):

If a candidate is interested in a specific province or territory, they can opt for the Provincial Nomination Program. In PNP, Candidates are selected based on the local labor market needs of the certain province or territory the candidate is applying in. Most provinces and territories take part in PNP. Once candidates receive the provincial nomination, they are awarded additional 600 CRS points, which guarantees them an Express Entry invites for a Permanent Residence.

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