Ontario invites 102 French-speaking Express Entry candidates
Ontario invited 102 bilingual Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on May 4.
Selected candidates may be eligible to immigrate to Canada through Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker (FSSW) stream. Candidates needed to have a profile in the Express Entry System with a Comprehensive Ranking System score between 458 and 467.
The FSSW is an enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream, which means it is aligned with the Express Entry system. Candidates who received a Notification Of Interest in this draw had to have an Express Entry profile created between May 4, 2020 – May 4, 2021.
Invited candidates will be contacted by the program. They have 45 days to apply online for their provincial nomination.
This is the third FSSW draw of the year and it brings the total of Notifications of Interest (NOIs) issued through this stream to 374. The first FFSW draw this year was held on January 13 and the second one was held on March 3.
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Check if you’re eligible for the program
The first step after receiving an invitation is to check your eligibility, as receiving an invitation does not guarantee that you will be nominated.
Generally speaking, you need to meet the eligibility requirements of the Canadian Experience Class or the Federal Skilled Worker Program in order to get the nomination. The specific eligibility requirements will depend on whichever program the OINP assesses you against.
You will also need a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least 7 in French, and 6 in English. Among other eligibility criteria, the OINP will also want you to demonstrate that you have enough funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario.
What is the benefit of having a PNP?
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) allow Canadian provinces to invite immigration candidates who may be a good match for their regional labour markets.
Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are effectively guaranteed to get an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent draw at the federal level. With a provincial nomination, candidates get an automatic reward of 600 CRS points. More than enough to receive an ITA in the average all-program Express Entry draw, or a PNP-only draw.
Since the people invited in today’s draw have profiles in the federal Express Entry system, receiving the provincial nomination from Ontario would give them an additional 600 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points towards their overall score.