The first quarter of 2018 came out with lot of activity and new development in various provincial nominee programs (PNP) from Canada.
British Columbia and Ontario were highly active during these three months. Depending on the labor market needs, provinces and territories can nominate individuals to become permanent resident of Canada with these programs.
Canada’s PNP target in the year 2017 was 51,000 and now it has been increased to 55,000 for the year 2018. This is done to meet the target of Multi-Year Immigration Levels Plan that has been set by the government of Canada.
Lets take a look at the Ontario PNP program:
Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) remained very busy in the first quarter of 2018. It can be easily said it was the busiest PNP in these three months.
OINP has 10 immigration streams of which Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream was most active.
A total of 2,587 Notifications of Interest (NOI) were issued during the seven invitation rounds in these three months period.
A so-called passive model is followed by HCP stream wherein Ontario select candidates from the Express Entry pool who had scored a minimum of 400 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), along with fulfilling other criteria.
In the draw held on March 26th, NOIs were issued to Express Entry candidates with CRS score as low as 351 points provided they either had a job offer from Ontario or had scored CLB 7 or above in French language skills.
This case was particularly different as a job offer is usually not asked in the HCP stream.
A total of 480 NOIs were issued to Express Entry candidates who were having a job offer from Ontario and a total of 299 NOIs were given to those who fulfill the French language requirement.
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