Ontario organized an immigration draw on 15th January and mainly targeted candidates who have work experience in six different tech occupations. The Tech Draw was conducted by Ontario and led to the distribution of 954 invitations among Express Entry candidates who have eligible work experience. The candidates, after receiving the invitation, will be able to submit their applications for a provincial nomination if they are looking to get Canadian permanent residence.
The candidates who got a Notification of Interest (NOI) during the 15th January draw had CRS scores between 460 and 472. The Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) takes certain factors into consideration and awards candidates with points on the basis of which they are ranked.
Ontario usually issues NOIs to candidates belonging to the Express Entry system for the purpose of inviting them to submit their applications for provincial nomination. Once candidates secure a provincial nomination, their CRS scores increase by 600 points, and they are given priority when it comes to receiving an invitation that would allow them to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The candidates who were picked in the draw had to show that they had work experience in any one of these six occupations:
- Software engineers and designers
- Computer engineers
- Computer and information systems managers
- Computer programmers and interactive media developers
- Web designers and developers
- Database analysts and data administrators
The OINP or the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program introduced Tech Draws back in the summer of 2019 in order to meet the increasing labor needs of Ontario’s tech sector. Ontario houses many of Canada’s major tech hubs. Candidates interested in the Tech Draw must have an eligible profile under the Federal Skilled Worker Class or the Canadian Experience Class.