The Canadian province of Ontario has been proactive when it comes to hosting immigration draws. Canada implemented travel restrictions from March 18 in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but immigration is still an ongoing process.
The June 18 draw organized by Ontario issued invitations to French-speaking candidates who satisfied all the requirements. The province invited bilingual candidates with profiles in the Express Entry system. Recipients of the invitations will now be able to submit their applications for a provincial nomination. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) held a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw on June 17 draw as well, targeting the Express Entry Skilled Trades stream.
The new draw on June 18 distributed Notifications of Interest (NOIs) among a total of 143 Express Entry candidates. The candidates who were invited recorded Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores ranging from 424 and 436. They also satisfied all the eligibility requirements of the Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream in Ontario.
All FSSW candidates are needed to fulfill the eligibility conditions of the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class. They should also have a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of six in English and seven in French.
Role of Express Entry:
It was mandatory for the candidates to have profiles under the federal Express Entry system. Express Entry handles the applications of three economic class programs- the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Candidates in the Express Entry are assigned CRS points on the basis of age, educational qualifications, language abilities, and work experiences.
The invited candidates who will succeed in securing the provincial nomination will have their CRS score increased by 600 points as a bonus. This advantage will almost guarantee them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.