Ontario Express Entry Stream includes the following streams:
Applicants who are successful through any of the Ontario Human Capital streams will receive an official provincial nomination from Ontario. This provincial nomination makes applicants eligible to apply for Canadian permanent resident status.
To embark on your immigration journey to Ontario through the Express Entry system, you’ll first need to create a profile in the IRCC’s Express Entry System. This profile is a crucial step to receive a notification of interest, which is essential for applying to Ontario’s Express Entry streams. Your process commences with the completion of a questionnaire designed by IRCC to determine the immigration programs that best suit your circumstances.
Before creating your profile, there are a few key tasks you must complete:
Within your Express Entry profile, you will need to indicate your interest in immigration to Ontario by selecting either Ontario or All Provinces and Territories. It’s imperative to provide accurate and truthful information in your profile. Inaccuracies could lead to the rejection of your OINP application, withdrawal of your nomination, or even a finding of inadmissibility, along with a potential five-year ban on applying for immigration to Canada.
Furthermore, to be eligible for Ontario’s Express Entry streams, you must meet the requirements of one of the federal programs, either the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class. And when you submit your application to the OINP, you must specify the federal program under which you wish to be assessed. Please note that if you are applying under the Skilled Trades stream, you must meet the criteria of the Canadian Experience Class.
Important Note: An Express Entry profile does not guarantee that you will be invited to apply to the OINP
We search IRCC’s Express Entry pool to find candidates who may meet the criteria of one of Ontario’s Express Entry streams. If we identify you as a candidate, we will send you a notification of interest through your IRCC online account inviting you to submit an online application to the OINP.If you are invited to apply, you will receive a Notification of Interest in your IRCC online account. Important Note: A notification of interest does not guarantee you will receive a certificate of nomination.
How to apply?
If you receive a Notification of Interest, that means the province is inviting you to submit an online application to the OINP. Then you must:
You can consult the Applying to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) page for instructions on how to apply after receiving a notification of interest.
To be eligible for nomination through Ontario’s Express Entry system, you must maintain a valid profile throughout the application process. If your profile expires while your application is being processed, you are required to promptly notify the province. This notification should include specific documentation, such as a copy of the letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) acknowledging your new Express Entry profile and a copy of the letter from IRCC explaining the ineligibility of your old profile. Failing to inform the program about your new profile will lead to the return of your application as incomplete and a refund of your application fee.
Additionally, if you receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence from IRCC while your application is under review by the OINP, your profile will no longer be available for nomination by Ontario. In such a situation, you must make a choice between rejecting the ITA from IRCC or withdrawing your application with the OINP. If you opt to reject the ITA, you should also contct the province government.
If you are selected, you’ll receive a nomination approval letter and a nomination certificate via email. These details will be recorded in the IRCC Express Entry System, and you’ll be also notified of your nomination through your IRCC online account. You’ll have 30 days to either accept or decline the nomination in the Express Entry System. If accepted, you’ll gain an additional 600 points, increasing your chances of receiving an invitation to apply for permanent residence from IRCC in the subsequent invitation round.
After accepting, you’ll have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residence to IRCC, which should include your nomination approval letter and nomination certificate. It’s crucial to note that a nomination does not guarantee the approval of your application for permanent residence with IRCC. Should your original Express Entry profile become ineligible, you may request a transfer of your nomination to a new Express Entry profile.
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