In the April 13 OINP draw the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of six tech occupations to apply for a provincial nomination to become Canadian permanent residents. Notifications of Interest were sent only to candidates with a profile in the Government of Canada’s Express Entry system and with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores between 456 and 467.
Invited candidates have 45 calendar days to submit their nomination application to OINP.
The April 13 OINP draw is Ontario’s second Tech Draw in 2021. In the first draw held February 16, OINP invited 1,186 high tech candidates to apply for the provincial nomination. See Ontario invites 1,186 for PR in February 16 Express Entry Tech Draw
OINP regularly searches the federal Express Entry pool to find candidates who meet criteria of the Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream and have work experience in one of the targeted National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes.
Candidates who were invited in the April 13 OINP draw have at least one year of work experience in one of the following occupations:
- Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213);
- Computer engineers (NOC 2147);
- Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172);
- Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173);
- Computer programmer and interactive media developers (NOC 2174); or
- Web designers and developers (NOC 2175).
Candidates with foreign education must submit their Educational Credential Assessments (ECA) to show how their foreign degrees, diplomas, and certificates compare to Canadian credentials.
If OINP identifies you in the federal Express Entry pool, you will receive a notification of interest in your federal Express Entry online profile account.
Note: Receiving a notification of interest does not mean that you qualify for one of OINP streams.
After you receive a notification of interest, you may submit an online application for nomination to the OINP if you qualify under the Ontario Express Entry stream for which your notification of interest was issued. You must submit your application within 45 calendar days of receiving the notification of interest.
OINP Notifications of Interest issued in 2021 to date
- Human Capital Priorities stream – 2,751
- French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream – 272
- Skilled Trades stream – 338
OINP and the Federal Express Entry immigration system
Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status, but they can help an application along by issuing provincial nominations to candidates who have registered a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.
The Express Entry is the system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications and the main 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 received OINP nomination get an additional 600 points toward their federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee that the candidate will receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw. This is why candidates with lower CRS scores often seek a PNP nomination because the extra 600 points is more than enough to guarantee an invitation in any Express Entry draw.
How does the Express Entry immigration system work?
In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three federal government economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.
A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.
Based on the information you entered in your federal Express Entry profile you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and placed into a pool of other candidates ranked. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.
A limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. IRCC issues ITAs through regular federal Express Entry draws which typically take place every two weeks.
Your 600 points from the provincial nomination gives you 50% of the possible ,1200 CRS points available in any draw. Virtually all nominated candidates find it easy to acquire the remaining points for a draw’s cut-off score from their core human capital.
IRCC will issue qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After your application is approved and you complete the landing process, you will officially become a Canadian permanent resident.