On June 18, 2020 – the second draw by Ontario to be held in 2 days – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program [OINP] issued invitations to 143 bilingual Express Entry candidates that might be eligible for Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker [FSSW] stream.
Those issued Notifications of Interest [NOIs] in the latest draw had the Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] scores between 424 and 436.
The previous OINP draw targeting Express Entry Skilled Trades stream was held on June 17, 2020.
The present draw is the third OINP draw to be held in June 2020.
French-speaking candidates with their profiles in the Express Entry System that have received NOIs can now apply for being provincially nominated by Ontario for Canada permanent residence.
If successful in securing a provincial nomination by the OINP, the FSSW stream candidate will have 600 additional points added to their overall CRS scores, thereby guaranteeing that they will be issued an Invitation to Apply [ITA] in the federal Express Entry draw to be held subsequently.
An immigration stream under the OINP, Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker [FSSW] Stream gives an opportunity – to French-speaking skilled workers that also have strong English language abilities – for applying for living and working permanently in the province of Ontario in Canada.
Before an immigration candidate can apply online for an OINP nomination through the FSSW stream, they must have –
|A valid profile in the Express Entry system of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [IRCC]|
|Received a Notification of Interest [NOI] from the OINP|
FSSW eligibility – 7 mandatory requirements
In order to qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, a candidate must meet all the criteria in 7 categories. A job offer is not required.
The 7 mandatory requirements under the FSSW stream are –
|Work Experience||Be eligible for either –
As per the OINP, the candidate must decide as to which of the 2 federal programs the candidate wishes to be assessed against.
|Education||Either a Canadian bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree
It’s equivalent in another country
If the education is from outside Canada, an Educational Credential Assessment [ECA] report will be required.
Be able to understand, speak, read and write French at a Canadian Language Benchmarks [CLB] level 7 or above
Be able to understand, speak, read and write English at CLB level 6 or above
|Settlement funds||Enough funds for supporting oneself and dependent family members when settling in Canada.|
|The intention of living in Ontario||This will be determined by an examination of the candidate’s ties to Ontario.|
|Legal status in Canada, if applicable||If applying from within Canada, must have due legal status – work permit, study permit, visitor record – at the time of applying.
That legal status would have to be maintained until the nomination.
|Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP]||If choosing to be assessed against the FSWP, at least 67 points must be scored on the 6 selection factors [age, education, work experience, language skills, arranged employment in Canada and adaptability].|
Invited candidates will be contacted directly by the OINP. The candidates will be given 45 days for applying online for their provincial nomination through the OINP.
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