Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream has issued 380 new invitations to apply for provincial nomination to immigration candidates in the federal Express Entry pool.
This is the second announcement this week of new Notifications of Interests, or NOIs, issued through the Human Capital Priorities Stream, which allows Ontario to search the federal Express Entry pool for eligible immigration candidates.
Express Entry candidates who receive an NOI can apply for a provincial nomination by Ontario. If successful, they get an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score, putting an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence well within reach.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) said the NOIs issued in the latest round went to candidates with CRS scores between 433 and 444 and who submitted their profiles to the Express Entry pool between January 1 and January 25, 2018.
The minimum CRS score in this latest round, 433, was seven points lower than the minimum CRS score in the NOI round that took place January 23, in which 340 invitations were issued.
In order to be eligible for Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream, Express Entry candidates must have a CRS score of at least 400 points, among other eligibility criteria.
The latest Ontario draw follows an Express Entry round of invitations that took place an January 24 in which 2,750 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 444 were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
The Human Capital Priorities Stream was one of the OINP’s most active in 2017, opening on numerous occasions over the course of the year. The OINP said it will continue to issue NOIs on a regular basis.
“It’s exciting to see such a busy week in the province of Ontario. In two rounds, we’ve seen more than 700 Express Entry candidates receive NOIs and a CRS minimum that dropped by seven points,” said Attorney David Cohen, senior partner with the Canadian immigration law firm Campbell, Cohen. “Added to that is the level of detail that Ontario is now providing about its invitation rounds. All in all, it’s been an important week for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program and its Human Capital Priorities Stream.”