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Ontario Express Entry – The Way To Permanent Residency

Ontario Express Entry – The Way To Permanent Residency

December 15, 2019

No need to mention about the attractiveness of Ontario to international professionals. Perceived as one of the most developed provinces in Canada, foreigners can find many good job opportunities and most importantly, work their way to earn a permanent resident visa with Ontario Express Entry streams (EE streams).

What is the Ontario Express Entry?

The Canadian federal government has its Express Entry Programs with three immigration programs are:

As stated on their official website, the goal of the program is to select the most suitable candidates that have the ability to contribute to Canada’s economy. That’s also what Ontario is expecting from the Express Entry streams to fill the vacancies and skills gap in many promising industries. The streams are a part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and in partnership with the IRCC so if you are eligible, you and your family members can be nominated for the permanent residency in Ontario. 

There are 3 streams in the Ontario Express Entry streams:

Ontario Express Entry streams criteria

Below is an overview at the streams’ eligibility:

1. French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

This stream suits skilled workers who are French-speaking and also strong in English abilities. To be eligible, the stream requires you:

  • At least demonstrate your French abilities at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher. Moreover, your English abilities must be at CLB level 6 or higher.
  • Be qualified for one of these federal Express Entry programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). For applicants who choose the FSWP, you must score at least 67 points on the selection factors.
  • Must have a Canadian bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree or proves to have equivalent education credentials in another country with the ECA.
  • Have sufficient funds to settle in Canada.
  • Prove genuine intention to live in Ontario and have strong ties with the province
  • Legal status in Canada while applying and maintain until the time of nomination

2. Human Capital Priorities Stream

Quite similar to the French-speaking Skilled Worker stream, in the Human Capital Priorities Stream (HCP stream), the requirements are:

  • At least demonstrate your French or English abilities at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher. 
  • Be qualified for one of these federal Express Entry programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). For applicants who choose the FSWP, you must score at least 67 points on the selection factors.
  • Must have a Canadian bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. degree or proves to have equivalent education credentials in another country with the ECA
  • Have sufficient funds to settle in Canada.
  • Prove genuine intention to live in Ontario and have strong ties with the province
  • Legal status in Canada while applying and maintain until the time of nomination

3. Skilled Trades Stream

Employees in specific groups of skilled trades occupations can gain permanent residency with this stream. The requirements are:

  • Have at least 1 year that is obtained within 2 years since the date you apply of cumulative paid full-time work experience (or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in Ontario in a skilled trade that is listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Groups 72, 73 or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). For working experience in a compulsory trade, you must prove to have a valid certificate or license in Ontario at the time you apply.
  • Be qualified for the Canadian Experience Class in the federal Express Entry programs.
  • At least demonstrate your French or English abilities at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 5 or higher.
  • Have sufficient funds to settle in Canada.
  • Prove genuine intention to live in Ontario and have strong ties with the province.
  • Currently live in Ontario and have legal status in Canada while applying and maintain until the time of nomination

Ontario Express Entry Process overview

The process will have several steps and each will requires you to understand its instruction thoroughly. However, we will have a look at the process overview to prepare yourself.

Step 1: Self-assessment and documents preparation

You must base on the criteria to decide which stream is suitable for you most. The OINP Express Entry streams will have detailed guidelines about the documents that you must prepare to prove your eligibility to the stream.

Step 2: Register and create a valid Express Entry profile

On the IRCC website regarding information about the Express Entry Programs, you will find the instructions for how to register in the EE System. Once you have met all the criteria, you will be available in the Express Entry pool and receive an EE profile number as well as a job seeker validation code. These are necessary when applying to the OINP Express Entry Streams.  

Step 3: Receive Notification of Interest (NOI) from the OINP

The OINP will be actively searching for suitable candidates from the Express Entry pool. You can not submit your application to the OINP without its NOI letter that issued to you. After receiving an NOI letter, you will have 45 calendar days to submit your application for the stream. 

Step 4: Ontario nomination

Nominated candidates will have a Nomination Approval Letter and an OINP Certificate of Nomination by email. You will have 30 calendar days to accept or refuse the nomination in the IRCC’s Express Entry system. 

Step 5: Submit an application for permanent residency:

An additional 600 points will be rewarded to you and the IRCC will send you an ITA for permanent residence. You will have 60 calendar days to submit the application to IRCC.

During the process, you can seek assistance from an immigration lawyer. They will give you advice and be your representative throughout the process. However, be careful and check whether your immigration lawyer is an authorized lawyer in Ontario.



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