Ontario invited candidates with CRS score as low as 351 in two latest rounds of invitations. On 26th of March, candidates from the pool were issued NOI under Ontario’s Human Capital Priority Stream. Post the nomination from Ontario under the mentioned stream, candidates becomes eligible to claim 600 additional CRS resulting in selection in the subsequent Express Entry Draw.
These two draws conducted on 26th of March were exceptional as Ontario issued Notification of Interest (NOI) to those candidates who are well complying the HCP stream criteria and who either had a job offer letter from an employer in Ontario or French language skills equivalent to CLB 7 or above.
In the opening draw, total of 480 candidates who met the Human Capital Priorities Stream criteria as well as who had a job offer from an employer in Ontario along with a CRS score between 351 and 446 were nominated.
In the draw that follows the first draw, an additional 299 candidates who met the stream’s criteria and also having French language proficiency equivalent to CLB 7 as well as a CRS score between 351 and 446 were nominated.
Typically, Ontario under its HCP stream, issues NOIs to candidates with CRS score of 400 and above. Giving clarifications on this, the Government of Ontario announced that these rounds of invitations at lower selection score were conducted in order to “meet its labour market and economic development priorities, as well as to be more responsive to employer needs.”
While aiming at those Express Entry candidates who are having French language abilities, Ontario wishes to reach its goal of five percent Francophone immigration under the Ontario Immigration Strategy.
As per the OINP data, a total of 1,808 NOIs were issued in 2018 under the HCP stream, till date.