The province of Ontario recently introduced the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to identify skilled tech workers who have submitted Express Entry profiles but may not have a high enough score to be invited to apply.
Firstly, the Government identifies people with technological skills in the Express Entry pool under the following list of National Occupation Codes (NOC):
If you fall under one of the categories listed above and meet the criteria of the Human Capital Priorities Stream, you may be nominated.
The Ontario government will look for qualified candidates in the Express Entry pool. If you meet their criteria and you are selected, you will be invited to apply directly to them and have 45 days to do so. To apply to OINP, you will need to create a profile in their online portal, upload the required documentation, pay their application fees and wait for a decision.
If you are approved through OINP, you will earn an additional 600 CRS points, a guaranteed invitation to apply for the next Express Entry draw! The current estimated processing time for the Human Capital Priorities Stream is 30 to 60 days.
Canadian tech employers that are interested in finding out more about using immigration to fill tech labour market needs can contact ONIP’s Business Immigration Services team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready to see if Express Entry is a good opportunity for you? Fill out our quick intake form here.
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