On June 17, Ontario held another Provincial Nominee Program [PNP] draw specifically targeting skilled trades workers that had their profiles in the federal Express Entry System. 758 invitations were issued to immigration candidates that might be eligible for the Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream.
With 758 invited, this is the largest number of candidates to be invited through this stream in a draw since January 18, 2018.
Those issued Notifications of Interest [NOIs] by the OINP in the present draw had work experience as a tradesperson along with having a valid Express Entry profile. With a NOI, these candidates can now apply for a provincial nomination for Canada permanent residence.
The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System [CRS] required was between 400 to 436.
CRS, a score out of a total of 1200 – that is, 600 on human capital factors like age, education, etc. + 600 additional points on factors such as provincial nomination etc. – is allotted to profiles that are in the Express Entry pool. It is the highest-ranking profiles that are issued invitations in the subsequent draws that are held.
If the candidates that have received an NOI from the OINP are successful in obtaining a provincial nomination, they will be allotted an additional 600 points towards their overall CRS score. These 600 points will effectively guarantee that they are issued an Invitation to Apply [ITA] for Canada PR in an Express Entry draw to be held subsequently.
With this latest draw, the OINP has invited a total of 948 Skilled Trades candidates so far in 2020. Another similar draw targeting specific trades occupations was held in April 2020.
Ontario’s provincial allocation for 2020 is 7,600 across the year.
In 2019, Ontario invited 7,391 principal applicants through the OINP. More than half of them were Express Entry candidates.
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