Yes!! that’s true…
The first week of August brought a really exciting news to immigration enthusiasts, especially to tech workers dreaming of building a new life in Ontario, Canada. On August 1, 2019, The Ontario Provincial Nominee Program issued a total of 1,773 invitations to eligible applicants with an active Express Entry profile. The selected candidates must demonstrate a valid work experience in one of six targeted occupations or NOC codes. The lowest CRS score for this draw was 435. This means that a nomination from an Ontario tech-draw may be the perfect route that opens the doors for the Canadian permanent residence.
Ontario’s first tech-specific draw was held in July 2019, wherein around 3,396 Express Entry candidates received notifications of interest or invitations to apply further for the program.
So, What Does this Mean?
Without any doubt, Ontario is the most favourite immigration destination for techies around the world. The province is Canada’s tech hub, and with the presence of magnificent cities like Toronto, Ottawa, and Waterloo, one can clearly see the prosperous future of the IT industry in the province. With frequent draws, it’s easy to notice how the number of invitations has increased from 1623 to 1773. Therefore, looking at the current scenario, it’s natural to predict more draws in the near future and more invitations for the skilled techies.
Tech Draws are designed to meet Ontario’s labor shortage needs, wherein eligible foreign applicants with an active profile in the federal Express Entry pool are invited to apply for the provincial nomination. The Express Entry is the most streamlined immigration system in Canada designed to rank skilled workers based on a number of factors. It comprises a comprehensive ranking system to filter candidates on various parameters and thus control the flow of immigrants migrating into Canada.
Any candidate with a provincial nomination under Canada PNP is entitled to receive an additional 600 points on their existing CRS score, which further strengthens their chances for Canada immigration.