On February 16, The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced the first Tech Draw of 2021 and selected 1,186 immigration candidates with work experience. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score was set between 453 and 467. The applicants who are issued invites are selected under the Human Capital Priorities stream.
The applicants who had eligible work experience in one of the following targeted occupation they were selected –
• 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- A computer programmer and interactive media developers or
• NOC 2175 -Web designers and developers (NOC 2175).
Those applicants who have received the invited they now have 45 days to submit the documents. Also, these applicants can have 600 bonus points in the federal Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score calculation. The boost guarantees that the candidate will receive the Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent Express Entry draw. This applies to every candidate who has received the Provincial nomination from any of the provinces in Canada.
It is the first Tech Draw of Ontario this year. The earlier Human Capital Priorities draw of the province also invited Express Entry candidates in few targeted occupations; the focus was on finance, and health occupations, among others. Tech Sector is expected to be in high demand in 2021, with the dependence on technology increased massively after the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2020, the Ontario Province invited 6,716 Express Entry candidates through the provincial nomination under the Human Capital Priorities stream. It was a large proportion of all the Express-Entry linked PNP nominations that Ontario issued in 2020.
How to get selected as a Tech Worker in Ontario?
The first step will be to create a profile in Canada’s Express Entry system. The express entry system is a fast-track economic immigration pathway that helps the applicants immigrate through any of the three categories- Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Express Entry applicants are provided the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for their skills, and it is based on their age, education, work experience, and language proficiency in English or French. Those who meet the CRS score limit set by the IRCC they are selected for immigration.
The OINP Tech Draw selects the deserving applicants from the Express Entry pool of candidates, thereby inviting eligible tech workers for a provincial nomination.
Getting a provincial nomination is different from getting a permanent residency in Canada; an applicant who achieves the nomination can apply for permanent residency afterward. The provincial nomination allows an applicant with the right to stay in that province only, which has provided it the right of nomination. Getting Ontario provincial nomination is a good thing for the aspiring immigrant as in some cases, Ontario would anyways have been the first choice of the immigrant.
An immigration consultant can help you convert from nomination into the Permanent residency status with ease.