It has been a hectic month for PNP applicants with Atlantic PNP starting up and other provincial nomination offices resuming notifications. Amongst the list, Ontario is the newest entrant with its notice of resuming sending notification of interest for Provincial Nominees 2017.
The province of Ontario under Human Capital Priorities stream had paused sending notification days after its opening in the month of Feb. It has resumed sending notifications with the same criteria as before, the candidates need a CRS score above 400 and must be under express entry pool with Ontario as targeted province of settlement.
It is worth noticing that OINP has stated that it will also send notifications to in demand skilled tradesperson not limited to the following trades –
- Electricians (except industrial and power system)
- Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics
- Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)
- Roofers and shinglers
- Sheet metal workers
- Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers
- Industrial electricians
It is not understood that if the LMIA points for these trades were reduced to 50 points from 600, why provincial nomination offices are prioritizing these trades which will probably lead to same situation as LMIA’s.
The NOI’s have a validity of 6 months during which the applicants have to register their profiles with OneKey and complete application within 14 days timeframe, failing which they need to cancel their onekey profile and register again if they want to complete application again.
Ontario PNP office maintains that the volume of applications will be monitored throughout the year and the notifications will be paused and resumed several times to maintain efficiency.
OOPNP also noticed that the PR clearance time for PNP candidates is the longest out of all streams although their documents were previously verified but it still takes more time for PNP candidates to receive their PR compared to other streams.
Express Entry system #58 – April 5, 2017
CIC declared it’s 58th Express Entry draw on 5th April 2017 drawing 3,753 candidates with a CRS score of 431. It’s a welcome reduction of CRS points from 441, which was highly expected by candidates worldwide.
If we look at the previous draw trends, here is the chart for the CRS drop. Another important point of information published by CIC was Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of March 29, 2017
- 601-1200 124
- 451-600 422
- 401-450 11,726
- 441-450 137
- 431-440 1,927
- 421-430 2,976
- 411-420 3,119
- 401-410 3,567
- 351-400 21,036
- 391-400 3,274
- 381-390 4,008
- 371-380 4,340
- 361-370 4,623
- 351-360 4,791
- 301-350 15,584
- 0-300 2,779
- Total 51,671
This table gives us an insight on what may happen in future draws. With close to 3,000 Candidates sitting in 421-430 score table, if CIC draws similar higher invitation draws in next cycle, we can expect CRS to drop to a bracket of 425-428. We may also see the CRS drop to a bracket of 421-425 keeping in mind the pool is dynamic and scores of candidates also change randomly.
But with all said and done, there is hope for candidates sitting in 401-430 score bracket, if CIC keeps on releasing higher number of invitation draws, the scores WILL DROP. But this is highly improbable that this will keep going on for next draws to come.
We will keep you posted as new draws are released.