Ontario has made an important change to the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score needed to qualify for its popular Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream.
But a recent change means the minimum score will now be ‘determined by the director’.
The change comes after the two most recent draws, on August 9 and March 28, saw minimum scores of 350 and 351 respectively.
They were the two largest draws of 2018 for Ontario, with a total of 1,726 candidates invited between them.
During 2018 so far, a total of 3,534 candidates have received invitations through the Human Capital Priorities stream.
What Are The New Requirements For Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream?
To qualify applicants must have:
- Pending application under the Federal Express Entry system;
- Minimum of 1-year of full time, or full-time equivalent work experience under NOC occupation level 0, A or B;
- Canadian equivalent Bachelors degree, Masters degree or PhD;
- Minimum CLB level 7 in IELTS general exam;
- Intention to reside in the Province of Ontario;
- Minimum Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System score as determined by director.
The Ontario HCP is aimed at skilled workers looking to live and work in Canada’s largest province.
Candidates who qualify for the federal Express Entry pool are nominated by Ontario based on education, work experience, language skills and other factors.
The province looks for candidates it considers able to quickly integrate themselves into the labour market.
The OINP received an increased federal government allocation for 2018 of 6,600 nominations, up 600 on the number for 2017.
The province is currently accepting applications for all but one of its immigration streams.
Together with HCP, other open streams include the Employer Job Offer streams for Foreign Workers, International Students and In-Demand Skills, the Express Entry streams for French-Speaking Skilled Workers and Skilled Trades, plus the Corporate and Entrepreneur business streams.
Ontario’s International Student PhD Graduate stream is also currently open, while the Masters Graduate stream is now closed after opening briefly in January.
Status of Ontario Streams
|Human Capital Priorities (Express Entry)||Open|
|French-Speaking Skilled Worker (Express Entry)||Open|
|Skilled Trades (Express Entry)||Open|
|Employer Job Offer||Open|
|International Student (Masters Graduate)||Closed|
|International Student (PhD Graduate)||Open|
|Investor Immigration (Corporate)||Open|
|Investor Immigration (Entrepreneur)||Open|