Ontario invites 1,773 Express Entry candidates

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1,773 invitations have been sent to Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of six tech occupations and Comprehensive Ranking System scores as low as 435.

This was Ontario’s second Tech Draw since their introduction in early July and a total of 3,396 Express Entry candidates have now received invitations, or Notifications of Interest (NOIs) under Ontario PNP Program.

Ontario is home to several of Canada’s major IT hub, notably those in the cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo, and Tech Draws are designed to meet growing labour needs in the sector.

Tech Draws allow Ontario to search the federal Express Entry pool and invite eligible candidates to apply for provincial nomination. Candidate need to meet the minimum criteria of 67 points as per their age, Education, Experience and other factors.

Who comes under Tech Draws under Express Entry Pool?

Tech Draws target Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of six tech occupations:

  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)

The Express Entry system is Canada’s main source of skilled foreign workers and candidates with a provincial nomination receive an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, effectively guaranteeing an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The Express Entry system allows candidates to pursue Canadian permanent resident if they are eligible for the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class or Canadian Experience Class. A job offer is not required in order to participate in the Express Entry system.

NOC stands for National Occupational Classification, which determines an occupation’s skill level and skill type

Tech Draws are conducted through Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream. The stream is one of three managed by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) that allow Ontario to select eligible Express Entry candidates.

A job offer is not required.

All candidates in the Express Entry pool are assigned a score under the CRS and the highest-scoring candidates are invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws from the pool.

In order to be considered for an invitation from Ontario, candidates must first submit an Express Entry profile. Please fill the Free Visa Evaluation Form to know more about the Ontario process.

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