This stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) gives an opportunity for French speaking skilled workers with strong English levels to obtain permanent residence.
Ontario French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream: Am I Eligible?
If you are looking to apply to be a Canadian Permanent Resident, you may have more chances to apply through this stream; as long as you are fluent enough in both English and French.
This stream is part of the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), were the province invites skilled workers from the Express Entry Pool who can demonstrate fluency in English and French. This stream works only by invitation basis, meaning that the only way to apply for this program is by having your application selected through the Express Entry Pool.
Basically, what this program does is to give the applicant the chance of obtaining provincial nomination just by proving high proficiency in both English and French, as well as complying with all of the other PNP requirements. The provincial nomination alone, will grant the applicant 600 points for their Express Entry profile practically assuring an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
How does it work?
Just like Express Entry the applicant, in case they are selected by the province, will receive a Notice of Interest (NOI). Once the candidate receives the NOI they will have 45 days to submit their application through the OINP e-Filing Portal. If the province accepts the application, the candidate will receive the Provincial Nomination that will allow then to apply for a new Express Entry draw with an additional 600 points being added to their profile just for the provincial nomination.
In summary, these are the steps for the Ontario French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream:
- Create an EE Profile
- Receive an NOI
- Apply for the OINP
- Receive the Provincial Nomination
- Reapply for EE with the Provincial Nomination
- Receive the ITA
- Submit the application for Canadian Permanent Residence
Am I eligible?
To be eligible for this program you must, as the name says, prove that you have a sufficient level of French and English, at least a level 7 in all areas of language competency. Also, the applicant must have strong intentions to reside in Ontario.
Besides that, there is no need for a job offer. However, the applicant must have at least a bachelor’s degree or the Canadian educational equivalent, and at least one year of work experience.
As with any other Express Entry profile the candidate must meet the settlement funds required by the program which is the equivalent to $12,669 CAD for one applicant.
Do you think you meet all of the criteria? Then don’t wait! Look for help to apply! This program offers a great opportunity to obtain provincial nomination and become a permanent residence.