Second PNP Draw in Two Days for Ontario

March 3 saw Ontario hold its second PNP draw in two days. Thus, the province sent out invitations to a total of 271 candidates so far this year. This number is for candidates through the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) Stream.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) sent out 126 invitations to applicants through the FSSW stream. Those who received the invitations were required to have a profile in the Express Entry (EE) system. They had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score ranging from 455 to 467.

Ontario chose those candidates from the EE pool who had created their profiles between March 3, 2020, and March 3, 2021. There are 45 days for the recipients to submit their applications for a provincial nomination from Ontario.

The recent draw was smaller in comparison to the previous one on January 13. There were a total of 146 invitations sent out in the last draw. Thus, bringing the total number of candidates to 271 this year.

Eligibility for the Program

Once you receive an invitation, you need to verify whether you are eligible for the program or not. This is because receiving an invitation does not ensure a nomination. There are specific eligibility criteria that you need to meet:

  1. Fulfill the eligibility needs of the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class. Specific eligibility requirements will depend on the program the OINP assesses you against.
  2. Meet a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB). It is a minimum of 6 in English and 7 in French.
  3. Prove that you are financially capable of covering your settlement costs in the province.

The Benefit of a PNP

PNPs let different Canadian provinces invite immigration applicants. These candidates need to be capable enough to match the regional labour markets.

A recent inquiry suggests that PNPs are maybe responsible to a degree for new immigrants’ improved labour market performance.

It is a guarantee for provincial nomination recipient EE candidates to receive an Invitation to Apply. This invitation is to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a future draw at the federal level.

With the help of a provincial nomination, applicants get an additional reward of 600 CRS points. This is more than enough to get an ITA in an average all-program PNP-only or EE draw.

Express Entry

The Express Entry system of Canada is not an immigration program. It is an application management system covering three Federal High Skilled programs:

  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program

Suitable foreign citizens willing to relocate to Canada may enter their profile into the EE system. This will help them get a chance to become a Canadian permanent resident.

They get their rankings based on the Comprehensive Ranking System out of a maximum of 1,200 points. Most of the applicants fall between 300 and 500 points.

Several factors determine the CRS points, such as:

  1. Skilled work experience
  2. Age
  3. Language ability in French and English
  4. Education

Work falling under the category of self-employment will not count as “skilled” work experience.

Those who score the highest receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence through the EE draws.

Canada sent out invitations to each candidate in the pool in the EE draw on February 13. These applicants were eligible for the Canadian Experience Class.

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