Ontario issued targeted invitations to prospective immigrants who could be eligible for the April 29 Skilled Trades stream of Express entry of Ontario. In 14 skilled trades’ professions, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee System (OINP) distributed invitations to 190 candidates. Candidates had to have clear profiles in Canada's Express Entry program in order to be chosen in this draw.
On April 30 the next day, Ontario released invitations to bilingual candidates for an Express Entry. 307 Notifications of interest (NOIs) have been issued in this draw. This is the biggest French-Speaking Skilled Workers (FSSW) draw of the year so far. This year's first draw of its kind, held on January 9, invited 242 bilingual candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residency in Canada.
Applicants under FSSW must meet the Canadian Experience Class or Federal Skilled Worker Program eligibility criteria and have a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least seven in French and six in English among other criteria.
If invited candidates successfully earn an Ontario nomination, an additional 600 points will be awarded to their overall Comprehensive Rankings System (CRS) score, which guarantees an Invitation to Apply in the next draw.