Ontario receives additional 2019 nominations, invites Express Entry candidates

December 11, 2019

By CIC News |

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has received an additional 700 nominations for 2019 and issued 667 invitations to Express Entry candidates through its Skilled Trades Stream. 

The additional nominations announced this week bring the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s annual allocation under Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program, or PNP, to 7,350.

The PNP allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a set number of Economic Class immigration candidates each year for Canadian permanent residence.

The additional nominations will allow the OINP to continue processing applications and issuing nominations on top of its original 2019 allocation of 6,650, which the OINP said it has now reached.

Express Entry invitations

On Wednesday, the OINP reported issuing 667 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry candidates through its Skilled Trades Stream.

The stream is one of three OINP immigration pathways linked to the federal Express Entry system, which is Canada’s principal source of skilled foreign labour.

Of the three, the Human Capital Priorities Stream has been by far the busiest this year, issuing nearly 7,000 NOIs to candidates over the course of five draws.

Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The Skilled Trades Stream allows the OINP to search the Express Entry pool for candidates with Ontario work experience in eligible skilled trades and invite them to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

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