185 invitations have been issued by Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream in a draw held on November 26- the popular Express Entry-linked stream’s first invitations since August 9.
The Human Capital Priorities Stream enable the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) to search the Federal Express Entry Pool for candidates meeting its federal and provincial criteria and invited the selected candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.
Candidates who apply for and receive a provincial nomination form Ontario receive an additional 600 points towards their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, which takes them to the front of the line for an Invitation to Apply for Permanent Residence from Canada’s federal government.
The CRS score of a candidate determines his/her rank in the Express Entry System, which manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s 3 federal economic immigration categories- the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and the Canadian Experience Class.
The candidates who are selected in the November 26 draw has CRS scores ranging from 350-448 and a job offer in Ontario, which is not required to be eligible for the Human Capital Priorities Stream.
The selected candidates have submitted their profile in the Express Entry System between January 1, 2018, and November 22, 2018.
The OINP, in an update, said, “Targeted search was done to help Ontario meet its labour market and economic development priorities, as well as to be more responsive to employer needs.”
It was announced by the OINP in September that it was replacing the requirement that Express Entry candidates have a CRS score of at least 400 in order to be eligible for Human Capital Priorities Stream. Moving forward, the OINP said that the minimum score would be determined by the program’s director according to the province’s needs.
The OINP heavily relies on its 3 Express Entry-linked streams: the Human Capital Priorities Stream alone has accounted for 3,719 invitations this year, followed by the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream at 1,519 invitations and the Skilled Trades Stream at 1,626 invitations.
Together, these 3 streams also issued 95% of Ontario’s nomination allocation under Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program for 2018.
The applications submitted for a provincial nomination in response to the invitations received in this draw will be considered under the OINP’s 2019 nomination allocation.
The OINP through the Human Capital Priorities Stream has issued targeted invitations in each of its last four draws our of which 3 draws have targeted Express Entry candidates with a job offer in Ontario while the fourth draw targeted Express Entry candidates with proficiency in French language.
Two of these draws saw the minimum CRS score drop to 351, while the last two targeted job offer draws saw the minimum score drop to 350.