HOW TO APPLY TO THE ONTARIO TECH DRAW | OINP
Updated: May 11
Ontario recently held its first Tech Draw for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 1,623 Express Entry candidates through the OINP for the Human Capital Priorities category.
The purpose of a tech-focused draw is to create opportunities for people with technological skills to come to Ontario through the Express Entry program. Those with the required work experience were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
WHO WAS INVITED TO THE ONTARIO TECH DRAW
The candidates invited to apply have work experience in six technical occupations, which include:
If you apply for the Ontario tech draw, you must demonstrate work experience in one of these 6 eligible NOC codes. If not, your application may be refused.
The CRS score range of the invited candidates was 439-459. Invited candidates now have 45 days to submit their documents. In total, since the beginning of the year, Ontario has already invited 6,504 candidates through various streams of the OINP.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE OINP TECH DRAW
To qualify under Ontario’s Express Human Capital Priorities Stream, you must meet the criteria outlined by the Ontario Government, however, you don’t need a job offer to apply.
OINP TECH DRAW ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
You can choose to be assessed against either the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class for your work experience.
Federal Skilled Worker Program Work Experience Requirements:
Minimum 1 year continuous, paid full-time work experience (or equivalent in paid part-time work) in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupation Classification (NOC)
Work experience obtained in the last 5 years from the date of submitting your OINP application;
Work experience must be in the same primary occupation as identified in your Express Entry profile
Canadian Experience Class Work Experience Requirements:
Minimum 1 year cumulative, paid full-time work experience (or equivalent in paid part-time work) in Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the NOC
Work experience must have been obtained in the last 3 years from the date of submitting your OINP application
Work experience must be in one or more of the occupations that you identified in your Express Entry profile
Work experience must have been in Canada (on legal status)
You must hold either a Canadian bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD degree, OR the equivalent in another country.
You must prove your language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension) in either English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher. You can prove this by taking the IELTS, CELPIP, TEF, or TCF test.
You must show that you can support yourself and your family in Ontario by providing a bank statement, or statements of accounts, your annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario, and a job offer in Ontario.
Intention to Live in Ontario
You must demonstrate your intention to live in Ontario after you’re granted PR. The Ontario Government will assess your case based on where you work/worked, where you study/studied, whether you lease or own property, where you visit, where your family, network, and personal relationships reside, and more.
Status in Canada
If you apply from within Canada, you must have legal status (i.e. a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply. You should maintain that status until the time of nomination.
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
If you choose to be assessed against the FSWP, you need to score at least 67 points on the six selection factors (i.e. education, language skills, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada, and adaptability).
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