Ontario Province Welcomes Express Entry Candidates Having Score as Low as 350

Posted on August 21, 2018

This year, On August 9th, Ontario conducted a huge draw under its Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream. Nearing to 947 applicants received the invites and their scores were as low as 350.

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) Score range for this latest draw was between 350 to 430. And those issued Notification of Interest (NOIs) have submitted their profile for Express entry during this period (1st Jan – 9th Aug, 2018).

The targeted candidates in the express entry pool were required to have a valid job offer in the above province. The Human Capital Priorities streams enable the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program to search for the candidates in the Express Entry pool who meet specified criteria stated by the stream.

In General, the Express Entry candidates require CRS of about 400 or more, but while conducting targeted draws like the above and the one conducted on 26th March, it waived the requirement, in the favor of the candidates having either a job offer or having proficiency in French.

Total eight draws were conducted by Human Capital Priorities Stream. Out of which, six had no job offer requirement, thus job offer is not a usual requirement.

This province has also not stated as to whether the job offers were in a specific field or occupation. Applicants having experience in Select Information Communication, it had issued targeted NOIS. Additional 600 points were allocated to CRS score of Express Entry candidates who have got a provincial Nomination for Permanent Residence from Ontario. This will effectively guarantee them, that they would receive Invitation to Apply (ITA) in a subsequent draw from the Express Entry Pool.

Candidates who have been issued an NOI on August 9th draw, will have about 45 calendar days to apply for a Provincial Nomination Certificate from Ontario.

French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (FSSW)

On August 9th, invitations were also issued to another Ontario’s Express Entry-Linked streams-FSSW.

Nearing to 14 invitations was issued to Express Entry candidates using FSSW Stream. It targets French-Speaking Express Entry candidates who tend to qualify either for the Canadian Experience Class or Federal Skilled Worker Class and those who have sufficient English Language abilities (CLB 6 or higher). The applicants must also meet unique provincial criteria.

Since the beginning of June, Ontario has held nine FSSW invitations rounds, issuing NOI to nearing to 277 Express Entry Candidates.

In two draws this summer, the Ontario province has issued about 279 NOIs to Express Entry Candidates through its Skilled Trades Stream. Workers in this stream, having a valid Express Entry profile and who are eligible for Canadian Experience Class, having work experience in an eligible skilled trade, among other criteria.

In 2018, this province has issued around 3534 NOIs through the Human Capital Priorities stream, with an additional 931 NOIs issued through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and another 1006 is issued through the Skilled Trades Stream.

The Express Entry System manages the candidate profiles in FSWC(Federal Skilled Worker Class, FSTC(Federal Skilled Trades Class) and CEC(Canadian Experience Class).