Ontario PNP invited 668 immigration candidates in new Tech Draw
Ontario’s latest tech draw took place on December 15. A total of 668 express admission candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued targeted notification (NOI) to candidates who may qualify for the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream. These candidates must be profiled in the Federal Express Entry System.
668 leading applicants received NOI from Tech Draw. A Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score between 460 and 468 was required to invite express entry candidates. The candidates were not required to be offered a job, but were required to have at least one year’s work experience in one of the following occupations:
- NOC 0213 Computer and information systems managers
- NOC 2147 Computer engineers
- NOC 2172 Database analysts and data administrators
- NOC 2173 Software engineers and designers
- NOC 2174 Computer programmer and interactive media developers
- NOC 2175 Web designers and developers
People who received the NOI from Ontario now have 45 calendar days to submit their application for the provincial nomination.
If they are awarded a nomination from Ontario, they will automatically receive 600 additional CRS points toward their overall CRS mark. These additional points effectively guarantee that they will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence (ITA) in subsequent express entry draws. The same goes for a nominee under any Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in Canada.
This is Ontario’s fifth Tech Draw of the Year. One of the biggest take draws took place on July 29, 2020, when 1,2 Ent Ent Express entry candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination.
So far in 2020, Ontario has issued 9,082 invitations to its Human Capital Preferences Stream, French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and Skilled Trades Stream.
Of these invitations, Ontario has issued 7,819 provincial nominations as of December 10.
How to get invited to an Ontario Tech draw
The first step in becoming eligible for an invitation through the OINP Tech draw is to create a profile in Canada’s express entry system.
Express Entry is an application management system for three federal economic-class immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Ontario’s Human Capital Priority Stream identifies candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class.
Express entry candidates are ranked according to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) based on their education, work experience, age and language proficiency in English or French.
The OINP Tech draw draws from the express entry pool of candidates, inviting qualified technical staff from Ontario to apply for a provincial nomination.
Applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for a Canadian immigration. If invited candidates successfully receive a provincial nomination from Ontario, they can use it to apply for permanent residency from the federal government.
Once they are approved by the federal government, these new permanent residents will get to settle into their technology careers in Ontario.