If you have experience with information technology, Ontario Tech Draw is a super pathway for you to immigrate to Canada without a job offer.

On July 29, 2020, Ontario invited 1288 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued invitations to candidates who had work experience in one of the following six tech sector occupations:

  • Computer and information systems managers (NOC 0213)
  • Computer engineers (NOC 2147)
  • Database analysts and data administrators (NOC 2172)
  • Software engineers and designers (NOC 2173)
  • Computer programmer and interactive media developers (NOC 2174)
  • Web designers and developers (NOC 2175)

OINP regularly searches Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool to find candidates who may meet the criteria of one of Ontario’s Express Entry immigration streams.

The invited Express Entry candidates had Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores between 463 and 477. This CRS requirement is at the low range in the program’s history, from its first draw held in July 2019.

Because of OINP actively searching targeted candidates from the Express Entry pool, a job offer is not required. However, candidates need to have a profile in the Express Entry pool.

The purpose of these draws is to search specifically for eligible Express Entry candidates who have at least one year of continuous paid full-time work experience, or the equivalent in paid part-time work, in one of above six tech-sector occupations.

In Ontario, the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the power of technology in support of millions of workers working remotely. The technological industry is poised to help lead to economic recovery in Canada. More hiring is coming into the province.

As British Columbia (BC) also has a Tech Pilot draw that invited 87 immigration candidates in the province’s technology sector to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on June 23, that weekly draw required a candidate with a job offer.

To be considered eligible for this program, candidates need to be registered in one of B.C.’s existing provincial immigration streams and have a valid job offer of at least 12 months in one of the Tech Pilot’s 29 eligible occupations.

When comparing with BC PNP, OINP Tech Draw is more appealing to international technology talents. OINP does not require a profile in the Ontario government system. Candidates need a profile in Express Entry. 

Express Entry candidates who receive a nomination from BC and Ontario will be given an additional 600 points toward their Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and are effectively guaranteed an Invitation To Apply (ITA) in a future federal Express Entry draw.

Call us today to find out if you are eligible for the immigration programs.

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