The province of Ontario has issued 960 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence to Express Entry candidates through its Skilled Trades and French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams so far this month.
On January 24, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued 889 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) in its first draw of 2019 through its Skilled Trades Stream, which is linked to the Federal Express Entry.
Candidates who received an NOI in this draw had to have Express Entry profiles that were created between January 24, 2018, and January 24, 2019.
The Skilled trade allows the OINP to search the Express Entry pool for candidates currently living in Ontario who have a minimum of one year full-time work experience, or the equivalent in part-time work.
Three French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream invitation rounds
Three separate invitation rounds have been held so far this month for Ontario’s Express Entry-linked French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, with 28 NOIs issued in the latest round on January 24.
Additional rounds were held under the French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream on January 17 and 11th with 71 NOI issued in total.
Francophone candidates must demonstrate French language proficiency equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher and meet additional requirements, including having sufficient funds to settle in Ontario.
All candidates invited under Ontario’s Express Entry Streams must submit a complete application for a provincial nomination within 45 calendar days of obtaining a NOI.