In the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s new Tech Draw held on September 28, the province invited 1179 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination. The candidates were selected through the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream under the OINP. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of the invited candidates is 496. They were selected from among those who submitted their profiles in the past 12 months.
The selected candidates also have work experience in one of the following six targeted occupations:
0213 – Computer and information systems managers
2147 – Computer engineers
2172 – Database analysts and data administrators
2173 – Software engineers and designers
2174 – Computer programmer and interactive media developers
2175 – Web designers and developers
Ontario began conducting tech draws in July 2019, with an aim to resolve the severe labour shortage crisis in the tech sector of the province.
The Human Capital Priorities stream under the OINP targets candidates with the required skills, education, work experience and language proficiency and nominate them for permanent residence in Canada. However, it is not possible for the candidates to apply directly under the stream.
Instead, they must receive a Notification of Interest or NOI from the OINP to apply for provincial nomination. The candidates are selected from the Express Entry pool by the OINP. The candidates who receive an NOI may submit their complete application within 45 days.
Human Capital Priorities Stream
To be eligible under this stream, a candidate must have an active Express Entry profile. They must have minimum one year of full-time work experience in an occupation classified under NOC 0, A or B. The minimum educational qualification for candidates under this stream is Bachelor’s degree. Those who have earned their educational credentials from outside Canada must have their Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) done. If they are residing in Canada, they must be residing legally in the country. They must also have language proficiency equal to CLB/NCLC level 7 in English or French. Further, they demonstrate their intention to settle in Ontario and submit necessary proof of settlement funds.
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