Ontario issues first Express Entry-linked invitations of 2020

On January 9, Ontario issued first Express Entry-linked invitations for nomination for Canadian permanent residence French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and invited over 242 candidates.

The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is one among the three Ontario immigration pathways that are associated with the Express Entry system, which forms the main source of skilled foreign workers for the country.
It is this Express Entry that is responsible for managing the eligible candidates for the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class, which are Canada’s three federal high-skilled immigration programs.

Later, taking into consideration, the factors like, age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, a score is awarded to each of the these candidates from this list of eligible candidates and they are ranked respectively under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The top scorers of this system are then invited by the Government of Canada to apply for Canadian permanent residence by regular draws from the Express Entry pool.
A provincial nomination adds on an additional 600 CRS points and can increase the chances of the invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence guaranteed. This is done by raising the recipient’s score a little too above the typical score threshold for Express Entry draws.

About the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
It is the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream of Ontario that searches for the candidates who meet stream’s eligibility requirements from the Express Entry pool through the province’s immigrant nominee program, the OINP.

Apart from other requirements, these candidates must qualify to understand, read, write and speak French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher. This also requires them to understand, read, write and speak English at CLB level 6 or higher.

According to the OINP, these 242 candidates from the January 9 draw, who were issued Notification of Interest (NOI) had a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score ranging from 433 to 472. The upper bound of this range is one point less than the minimum score of 473 in the recent Express Entry draw of January 8. However, their scores will get an extra 600 points and they will receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry pool, if they’re to get a provincial nomination. For this, first step is to find out your eligibility for the Express Entry pool.

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