Ontario issued 439 invitations to apply for provincial nomination to Express Entry candidates through the Skilled Trades Stream of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) on October 19. So far this is the highest number of invitations to have issued in a single draw through the Skilled Trades Stream in the year 2018. With the latest draw, the total number of invitations issued through the stream this year has become 1445. In the latest draw, invitations were issued to those candidates who had created their Express Entry profiles between January 1, 2018, and October 19, 2018.
OINP has also issued another 39 invitations to candidates from the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. In the previous draw held on October 11, the number of invitations issued to candidates belonging to this stream was 33. OINP conducts draws for this stream almost every week and so far 1,316 invitations have been issued through this stream in 2018.
The Skilled Trades Stream is for Express Entry candidates currently living in Ontario. However, there is no minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement for this stream. The basic eligibility criteria include:
-The candidate must have either one year of full-time work experience or equivalent level of part-time work experience in one of the skilled trades that are listed in Minor Group 633 or Major Group 72, 73, or 82 of the National Occupational Classification (NOC) list of Canada.
-The candidate must meet eligibility criteria for the Canadian Experience Class
-The candidate must have minimum language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 in English or French.
This stream is meant for Francophone candidates who also have strong English language abilities. Candidates need not apply to this stream. Instead, eligible candidates who have indicated their interest to immigrate to Ontario will receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the OINP on the basis of their Express Entry profile. The Stream does not demand minimum CRS requirement either.
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