Ontario held an Express Entry draw on April 30, welcoming 307 French-speaking Express Entry candidates. The draw falls under the Professional Worker System of French-speaking countries.
This is the second OINP Express Entry-linked draw for the last two days and this year’s biggest draw. The program will contact these invited candidates. They have 45 days in which to apply for their provincial nomination online.
Since the people invited to today’s draw have profiles in the federal Express Entry system, receiving Ontario’s provincial nomination would give them an additional 600 Detailed Ranking System (CRS) points against their overall performance.
The award would essentially guarantee that in a subsequent federal Express Entry draw they would obtain an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence.
With 307 Notifications of Interest (NOIs) for this year, this is the biggest FSSW draw yet. At the first draw held on January 9, 242 candidates had been invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residency in Canada.
Candidates are ranked on human capital factors determined by the government to help them succeed in the Canadian labour market, such as age, job experience, employment, and language proficiency in English or French.
For the FSSW, applicants must meet the Canadian Experience Class or Federal Skilled Worker Program eligibility criteria and have a Canadian Language Standard (CLB) of at least seven in French and six in English among other criteria.
In Canada, the Express Entry program is the main source of qualified foreign labour. It maintains applicant profiles for Canada’s three highly qualified Federal Economic Class Immigration programs — the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class and the Canadian Experience Class.