How to apply Ontario PNP programme in 2018?

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on February 23, 2018


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Canada takes pride on its one of the best immigration system in the world. When we talk about Canada immigration most of the people won’t often think beyond Federal Express Entry System. However, Canada also offer the permanent residency pathway to skilled workers through its Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The Provincial Nominee Programs belong to Canadian provinces, which nominate the Skilled Workers for Permanent Residency in Canada. One such popular Provincial Nominee Program of Canada is Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) of Canadian province Ontario.

Also read- Ontario gone past 1200 Invitations in 2018 for HCP- Express Entry Stream

What is Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)?

The OINP is the economic immigration program of Canada that invite and choose best skilled workers to fulfil the demands of its Labour market. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has different streams to invite the applicants, i.e. Business category, Human Capital category (HCP), etc.

Business Category:

  • Corporate Stream
  • Entrepreneur Stream

Human Capital Category:

  • Masters Graduate Stream
  • PhD Graduate Stream
  • Express Entry aligned Stream under HCP:
  • Ontario’s Express Entry- Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  • Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream

Among all the streams of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), Express Entry- Human Capital Priorities stream is largely popular among the foreign skilled workers looking to apply for Permanent Residency in Canada.

Express Entry- Human Capital Priorities stream

This particular subcategory of OINP has been designed for the applicants already registered in Federal Express Entry System. Hence, an applicant applying for Express Entry- HCP stream of OINP, need to have minimum 400 CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) in the Express Entry pool.

How it works

With OINP- Express Entry stream, Ontario has the access to the Federal government’s Express Entry pool. The Ontario explores the profiles already registered in Express Entry pool and issue NOI (Notifications of Interest) to the suitable applicants, which fulfil the requirements of the OINP. Once the notification is received from Ontario province, an applicant needs to apply in the Express Entry- HCP stream of OINP. If you apply and get selected, you will get the nomination from Ontario and consequently, become eligible to receive 600 additional CRS points from IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

Such huge number of additional CRS points makes an applicant eligible to receive (ITA) for Canada PR Visa from IRCC. Once the ITA is received, you need to submit the complete Canada PR visa application within 90 days of the receipt of the invitation from IRCC (Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada).

Need assistance to apply Canada PR in 2018 via Ontario PNP?

If you seek crucial advice, assistance or support to apply Canada PR in 2018 via Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) or any other immigration program of Canada, you may contact Visas Avenue Immigration- the leading and registered Visa and Immigration Documentation Consultancy firm in India.

You may call the immigration expert on Visas Avenue Toll-Free Number- 78-18-000-777. Alternatively, e-mail your queries to Visas Avenue e-mail id- info@visasavenue.com.


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British Columbia is targeting IT Professionals through its Specific Immigration Draws- Apply now

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on July 27, 2017


IT Professional Job in Canada

This seems to be a new trend among the different Immigration Programs of Canada to launch specific draws to invite immigrant workers from IT Sector. Canada needs close to 200,000 ICT professionals in next two years and the different Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada is contributing to the task by targeting more and more ICT professionals in their respective application intakes and periodic immigration draws.

Trend of Targeting ICT Occupations

Recently, Ontario province of Canada announced that it will target the ICT Occupations in the express entry system while issuing NOI (Notification of Interest) to them for applying in its popular PNP, i.e. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

The other Provincial Nominee Programs are also the following the similar strategies to focus on ICT professionals, i.e. Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, etc. Moreover, Canada’s Global Talent Stream (GTS) also allows Canadian employers to hire foreign ICT workers in quick time through fast work permit.

BCPNP is targeting IT Professionals

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) – the popular provincial nominee program British Columbia province of Canada has started organizing the immigration draws that focus on the tech professionals only. The BCPNP is the key PNP of British Columbia that nominates those foreign skilled workers for Canada PR, who want to settle in BC. Between May to July 2017, the BCPNP has launched six draws targeting ICT workers.

The US factor on behind the rapid growth of IT sector of BC

Although, the IT Sector of British Columbia was already growing, however, the recently immigration orders by US President Donald Trump have also proved a key factor in the ICT sector growth of BC. As per reports, a huge number of ICT professionals and workers are leaving Silicon Valley of USA to migrate to the BC.

America, in last few months have tightened its immigration policies, which in fact are benefiting neighboring countries like Canada, which considered as the best alternate for the USA as an Immigration Destinations. The ideal IT infrastructure, climate and working conditions, and proximity to the USA makes Canada the perfect destinations for immigrants, who earlier had plans to settle in USA.

Selection via SIRS

The Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) is the online immigration system to register for British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP). The BCPNP has made some key categories to invite candidates to register via SIRS, i.e. skilled workers, international graduates, and entry level and semi-skilled workers.

However, no update is revealed till date by the province concerning issuance of ITAs (Invitations to Apply) under tech only immigration draws.

Best time to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residency as an IT professional

If you are an IT professional, it’s the best time to apply for Canada PR. At now the Canadian government prefers to invite more and more ICT professionals through different immigration programs. If you want to apply for Canada PR through BCPNP, OINP, Express entry or any other Canadian immigration program, you may send your details and queries to certified Canada migration expert at info@visasavenue.com.

Disclaimer: Visas Avenue does not deal in any type of job or job assistance services. Visas Avenue is not a job recruitment agent or job service provider. Visas Avenue does not offer consultancy on / overseas jobs/work permits/international or domestic placements.


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Great Opportunity for IT Professionals to get PR in Canada- Ontario Looks to Target ICT Occupations

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on July 4, 2017


Opportunity for Ontario Immigration

Canada is a terrific country to live, work and obtains Permanent Residency. However, if you are an ICT professional, you have even more reasons to move to Canada. The Ontario Province in Canada prefers to invite the ICT professionals as per the recent announcement from Immigration Ontario. Ontario is a wonderful province of Canada and considered as the paradise for IT professionals in the country.

Ontario looks to target ICT Occupations

The ICT professionals registered in Express entry system and included in the Express Entry pool of candidates have a great chance to get Permanent Residency Visa in Canada.

Also read- Canada is likely to keep Minimum Immigration Target of 300,000 Next Year as well

Ontario has announced that they will be eying the priority occupations, which have increased demand in the province. The ICT is one of such priority occupations in Ontario as well as in Canada. As per a recent report, Canada needs about 1,80,000 ICT graduates by 2019 to fill the vacancies across its fast-growing industries and organisations. Hence, in the week beginning June 26, Ontario will target Information and Communications Technology Sector (ICT) occupations and subsequently, issue them NOI (Notification of Interest). The Ontario will issue the NOI to the candidates to apply in the Express Entry- Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream of OINP.

The Candidates with CRS (Comprehensive Ranking system) score below 400 points will also be selected, provided they have ICT experience. Usually, Ontario has set the criteria of 400 CRS points to issue NOI to the candidates in the Express Entry pool.

Process after NOI

Once a candidate has received the NOI (Notification of Interest) from Ontario, he/she will have to register their profile in the OINP e-filing portal within six months of the receiving the NOI. After six months, the validity of NOI will expire.

After registering in the profile in OINP e-filing portal, a candidate will get 14 days to complete and submit their application for Express entry- HCP stream of OINP. However, the deadline of 14 days must not be confused with the NOI validity period of six months.

Apart from inviting priority occupations, Ontario will continue to issue NOIs to the express entry pool candidates as per its regular process, i.e. selecting and inviting candidates with 400 or above CRS points.

Also Read- Exceptional Feat – Visas Avenue obtained 20 Visa Approvals for its Clients in May-June 2017

It’s high time for ICT Professionals to Apply for Canada PR

If you are an ICT professional, it’s the high time for you to prepare your file and documents and register on the federal express entry system selecting the preferred destination to settle as Ontario or ‘All Provinces and Territories’.

To get advice, assistance and support from certified Canada Immigration experts and professionals to apply for Express entry and OINP, you may send your details to e-mail id- info@visasavenue.com. Visas Avenue is a leading and registered Canadian Immigration Advisory Service that provides vital immigration process support from start of the process until the end to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR).

Disclaimer: Visas Avenue does not deal in any type of job or job assistance services. Visas Avenue is not a job recruitment agent or job service provider. Visas Avenue does not offer consultancy on / overseas jobs/work permits/international or domestic placements.


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How justified it is to Apply for a PNP with Constantly Reducing CRS Score?

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on April 15, 2017


Apply PNP Justified at Now

The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have been quite lenient towards the Canadian PR aspirants registered in Express Entry this year. The constant fall in CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) Score requirement indicates the same. In the latest draw of express entry the CRS score requirement or qualifying marks went down to 423 points.

Hence, several express entry applicants with low CRS are in dilemma whether and not to look out for the alternate options, i.e. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs), etc.

Is Applying in a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Justified at now?

Well, it entirely depends on your approach as to how serious you are about obtaining the Permanent Residency in Canada. The Qualifying marks reduce drastically in last few express entry draws and trend at now seem to be positive.

Also Read- Quebec to Accept 5,000 new Applications under QSWP- The Program is Likely to open soon

However, how long this party time will continue for the low score express entry applicants nobody really knows. The IRCC has a reputation of being unpredictable with its decisions when it comes to express entry draw results.

It has been observed several times in the history of express entry draws that first, the qualifying marks keeps on reducing for few draws and then suddenly in one fine draw IRCC puts the brakes and CRS Score requirement starts going in the upward direction and vice versa. So, even if the qualifying marks reducing at now, you cannot sit relax that it will come down below 400 soon.

What you must do as an aspirant of Canadian PR With low CRS Score?

If your CRS score is around 400 mark, you must look out for alternate options as well apart from express entry, such as Provincial Nominee Programs or Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP). There are several Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are in pipeline this year. The QSWP has also announced to accept 5,000 new applications in the spring of 2017.

The key provincial nominee programs to watch out for in the year 2017 are:

  • Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
  • Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
  • Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program (NSNP)
  • Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

You can apply in express entry system as well as in a provincial nominee program side by side. Once you get the invitation or nomination from any of the express entry or PNP, you can withdraw your application from the other one.

The Provincial Nominee Programs and QSWP have different eligibility criteria compared to express entry; hence, you can always look to explore other options, if you are not getting the positive response from express entry system. For instance, 400 CRS points are required to apply in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

Also Read- OINP is Resuming the Issuance of Notifications Under its Express Entry– HCP Stream (April 10-14, 2017)

Seek Advice and Assistance from an expert?

If you are not familiar with express entry or other immigration programs of Canada, you may get in touch with an accredited Canadian Immigration and Visa consultant for inclusive immigration process assistance. An efficient Visa Consultancy Firm with its experience and expertise guide you to apply in the right immigration program and also helps you file the visa application with thorough accuracy.

Disclaimer: Visas Avenue does not deal in any type of job or job assistance services. Visas Avenue is not a job recruitment agent or job service provider. Visas Avenue does not offer consultancy on / overseas jobs/work permits/international or domestic placements.


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Key Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Highlights in February, 2017

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on March 2, 2017


PNP Program in Canada

The Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) of Canada has been in news in the year 2017, in view of their immigration target and busy schedule. The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship (IRCC) has put special emphasis on the PNPs of Canada and enhanced the immigration target for these provincial immigration programs to 51,000 for this year.

This has resulted in the lots of activities within different Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada, which includes, streamlining the process, the introduction of new streams, launching the online application process to make the increased application intake smooth and trouble free, etc.

Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada

Provincial Nominee Programs are a key part of Canada’s immigration system. These programs allow the different provinces and territories of Canada to choose the new immigrants for their respective provinces, by implementing the own eligibility parameters, keeping in mind the local labour market and economy.

Let’s take a look at the key Provincial Nominee Program Activities in the month of February.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Ontario had a busy schedule throughout the month of February. It reopened its three key streams on February 21, 2017, i.e. Express Entry-Human Capital Priorities Stream, International Student— Masters Graduate and International Student— PhD Graduate stream. Ontario government also launched the online application process for all these streams, which was a new feature added to OINP application processing. The Express Entry-HCP stream is the quite popular stream among the skilled workers looking to get permanent residency in Canada.

Also ReadOntario has Issued Instructions to Submit OINP Online Application

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP)

The British Columbia is another key province in Canada that had the busy schedule last month. Its key PNP, i.e. British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) invited 1260 individuals to apply for Provincial Nominee Certificate via its three different draws in the month of February 2017. Out of the total invitations, 1232 were for the express entry and skilled immigration streams of BCPNP, while the rest were issued under Entrepreneur category. The invitations issued by BCPNP are basically for applying for the Provincial Nominee Certificate and not the permanent residency. Candidates who apply for nominee certificate and obtain the same can apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)

Another key Canadian province Manitoba issued a total of 324 invitations to the applicants via Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) to apply for the Provincial Nominee Certificate. Out of total 324 invites, 200 were issued under the sub-category Skilled Workers in Manitoba, and rest 124 invites (LAA) were issued under the sub-category Skilled Workers Overseas

Also ReadFabulous February for Visas Avenue Team- Significant Number of ITAs & Submissions Achieved

The one unique aspect of Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) is that it issues LAA (Letter of Advice Apply) to the applicants, who have submitted Expression of Interest (EOI) in the MPNP.

With the increased immigration target and key reforms, Provincial Nominee Programs of Canada will be a crucial pathway to immigrate to Canada and get permanent residency in the year 2017. If you are also looking to apply in a provincial nominee program this year, you may coordinate with a reliable Canadian Immigration Consultant for key process support and assistance.

Disclaimer: Visas Avenue does not deal in any type of job or job assistance services. Visas Avenue is not a job recruitment agent or job service provider. Visas Avenue does not offer consultancy on / overseas jobs/work permits/international or domestic placements.


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OINP- ‘French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream’ – a Key Pathway for Canada Immigration

by By Rajneesh Kumar


Posted on February 27, 2017


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If you speak French well, the ‘French Speaking skilled worker stream’ of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) can be a key pathway for you to get permanent residency in Canada. With the online application process introduced for the Francophone stream, the processing of the applications under this stream is going to be much smoother and hassle for the applicants.

OINP Streams reopened this week

OINP has also been in news for the past one week, in view of the reopening of its key streams, i.e.

  • Express entry- Human Capital Priorities Stream
  • International Student— Masters Graduate and
  • International Student— PhD Graduate stream

The online application process has also been introduced for the above three streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Now, coming back to the ‘French Speaking skilled worker stream’, let’s find out as to who all can apply in this crucial OINP stream.

Also Read- Express Entry- HCP Stream of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is open again

Who Can Apply in OINP- ‘French Speaking skilled worker stream’?

To apply in the Express Entry- ‘French Speaking skilled worker stream’ of the OINP, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a profile registered in the Express Entry pool
  • You must meet the criteria of any of the below streams of express entry
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
    • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • While creating a profile in federal express entry system, must show an interest in moving to either Ontario or “All Provinces and Territories”.

The EE system will also prompt you about choosing the federal program; against which you want your Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) application to be considered.

Also ReadOntario has Issued Instructions to Submit OINP Online Application

Eligibility Requirement for the Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

To apply in the Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, you must meet the below provincial criteria:

  • Work Experience: You need to have work experience as per either of the below:
  • Work experience of 1 year within the past 5 years as per the Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP) parameters
  • Work experience of 1 year within the past 5 years as per the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) parameters.
  • Education: You must have a degree/qualification equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor’s degree or above
  • Language: You must have language proficiency in either English or French as per any of the below Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs):
  • CLB level 7 in French
  • CLB level 6 in English
  • Settlement Funds: You must have the minimum savings or income to support the stay of you and your family members in the province of Ontario.
  • Intent: As an applicant of OINP- French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, you must show the intention to reside in Ontario.

If you need inclusive support and assistance to apply in Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, or any other OINP stream, you may contact the skilled and experienced Canadian immigration expert by dropping an email at- info@visasavenue.com.


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