Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream

Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream, part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), provides a pathway for foreign workers with the requisite skilled work experience, language proficiency, and education to apply for permanent residence in Ontario, Canada. This stream is aligned with the federal Express Entry system, aiming to attract individuals who can contribute to Ontario’s workforce and economy

Steps to Apply:

To qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, candidates must follow these key steps:

  1. Express Entry Profile:

    • Applicants must have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry system.

    • A Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario is required before applying for nomination.

  2. Nomination and Federal Application:

    • After receiving an NOI, applicants can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

    • Successful nominees proceed to apply to the federal government through IRCC, where the final decision on permanent residency is made.

Stream Requirements:

  1. Work Experience:

    • Choose between the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

    • FSWP requires at least one year of continuous full-time work experience in specific NOC categories within the last five years. Self-employment documentation may be required.

    • CEC necessitates at least one year of cumulative full-time work experience in Canada within the last three years, excluding self-employment and work done while studying.

  2. Education:

    • Possess a Canadian bachelor’s, master’s, or PhD degree, or an equivalent foreign credential.

    • Candidates with degrees from outside Canada must provide an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) report from designated organizations to prove equivalency.

  3. Language Proficiency:

    • Demonstrate language proficiency in English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher.

    • Acceptable language tests include IELTS (General Training), CELPIP (General), TEF, or TCF Canada.

  4. Settlement Funds:

    • Provide evidence of sufficient funds to support oneself and dependents in Canada.

    • Acceptable financial sources include bank statements, ongoing employment in Ontario, or a job offer in the province.

  5. Intention to Live in Ontario:

    • Demonstrate a genuine intention to reside in Ontario after obtaining permanent residence.

    • Indicators include work history, job applications, studying, volunteering, property ownership, visits, and professional networks in Ontario.

  6. Legal Status in Canada:

    • Applicants within Canada must have legal status (visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time of application.

    • ‘Implied status’ is accepted, allowing continued residence and work or study under existing permit conditions during the application process.

  7. Federal Skilled Worker Program:

    • If opting for FSWP assessment, applicants must score at least 67 points on selection factors, including education, language skills, work experience, age, arranged employment in Canada, and adaptability.

 Eligibility of Applicants:

The Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream is tailored for skilled individuals with a commitment to Ontario’s growth. Eligibility requires a strategic combination of work experience, education, language proficiency, and a genuine intention to contribute to Ontario's community. Applicants must carefully review and fulfill each requirement, ensuring they align with the stringent criteria for successful nomination.

How AKM Law Can Help:

Navigating the intricacies of the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream demands expertise. AKM Law is your ally in this journey, offering comprehensive support from profile creation to document preparation. Our immigration professionals ensure your application aligns with requirements, increasing the likelihood of a successful nomination. Book a consultation with AKM Law and let us guide you toward realizing your dream of permanent residence in Ontario.

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