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February 22 OINP draw

February 22 OINP draw – Ontario invites 773 skilled workers for PR nomination

In the February 22 OINP draw, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 773 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent resident nominations.

The February 22 OINP draw was for candidates in OINP’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream. Candidates needed to have a profile in Canada’s Express Entry system. As well, candidates must have Comprehensive Ranking System scores in the range of 455 to 600. Candidates needed to submit Express Entry profiles into the federal pool within the 12 months preceding the draw date to qualify.

On the same day, Ontario also conducted a draw under its Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream. The draw targeted the federal Economic Mobility Pathways Project (EMPP) and issued invitations to eight candidates.

The federal EMPP is designed to help skilled refugees immigrate to Canada through existing economic programs to support Canadian labour market needs.

If you received an invitation in the February 22 OINP draw you now have 45 calendar days to apply for the provincial nomination.

OINP and the Federal Express Entry immigration system

Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status. However, they can nominate your for PR if you have a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.

Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is also the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. You can receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly and skipping the PNP process. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.

How does OINP nomination help your Canada immigration application?

Applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for Canadian permanent residence. Rather a nomination effectively means the province is guaranteeing that the federal government will issue you an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in one of its Express Entry draws.

Candidates who receive provincial nomination get an additional 600 points for Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. A total of 1,200 points is available under Express Entry. You immediately get 600 points if you are nominated by a province. See Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs).

The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee you an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw.

For example, Aisha has a bachelor’s degree. She’s been working in food sciences for five years. Aisha has never worked or studied in Canada. She has an advanced English language proficiency.

Aisha entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 370. However, she recently obtained a provincial nomination through OINP. As a result IRCC awards her additional 600 points.

Consequently, Aisha’s total CRS score jumps to 970 points! This is well above the minimum CRS score required for Aisha to get an ITA in any Express Entry draw.

IRCC will issue qualified PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After IRCC approves your application you complete the landing process, and officially become a Canadian permanent resident.

Eligibility for Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream

This stream is designed for skilled workers who wish to live and work in Ontario, and who have proven skills and abilities to successfully establish themselves in the province.

To qualify under this stream, applicants must have:

  • Ongoing profile under the Federal Express Entry system and be qualified for either the FSWP or the CEC.
  • Hold minimum of 1-year of full time, or full-time equivalent work experience under NOC occupation level 0, A or B, in the past five years if applying under the FSWP or in the past three years if applying under CEC.
  • Hold the equivalent of a Canadian Bachelors degree or higher.
  • Show language proficiency of minimum CLB/NCLC level 7 in English or in French.
  • Intention to reside in the province of Ontario.
  • Residing with legal status in Canada, if applicable.
  • Proof of required settlement funds.
  • Minimum Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System score as determined by director under period draws.

Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream

To qualify under this stream, applicants must have:

  • A permanent and full-time job offer under NOC 0, A or B that meets the median wage levels for Ontario, and in a position that is necessary to the business;
    • For those already working in the position, the proposed wage must be equal or greater than the current wage being paid
  • Two cumulative years of relevant work experience in the previous five years before the date of application;
  • Relevant mandatory licensing in Ontario, if the position so requires;
  • Live abroad, or be working, studying or visiting Canada on a valid permit;
  • Intention to settle in Ontario.

To be eligible for any OINP stream, you must have a valid profile in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system. And very importantly, you must receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario before you can apply for nominated by the Ontario government.

If you are nominated, your next step will be to apply to the federal government through IRCC. They make the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

You do not need a job offer to apply.

Important steps for nomination under OINP

The first step to apply for nomination under OINP is to submit a profile to the IRCC’s Express Entry System. You must have a profile in IRCC’s Express Entry System before Ontario government can invite you for nomination.

Ontario searches IRCC’s Express Entry pool to find candidates who may meet the criteria of one of Ontario’s Express Entry streams.

If they identify you as a candidate, they will send you a notification of interest through your IRCC online account inviting you to submit an online application to the OINP.

It is important to note that:

  • an Express Entry profile does not guarantee that you will be invited to apply to the OINP
  • a notification of interest does not guarantee you will receive a certificate of nomination

You must demonstrate that you meet all stream requirements at the time of your application, including that you had the qualifications that you claimed in your Express Entry profile.

If IRCC determines that any information provided in your Express Entry profile is not accurate, is incorrect, or misleading, your application may be denied, and you may be subject to penalties or prosecution.

For detail eligibility information and how to apply, read How to apply for PR nomination in Ontario.