Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

IMPORTANT

Please make sure to read and follow the steps outlined in the Application Guide prior to lodging any application. Those applications that are incomplete will not be accepted by OINP.

The Ontario French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream is for French-Speaking skilled workers who have strong English language abilities and who want to live and work permanently in Ontario. This stream enables OINP to nominate individuals that have qualified for Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry pool and who have the required education, skilled work experience, language ability, and other characteristics to help them successfully establish and integrate into Ontario’s labour market and communities.
 

How does the Stream work?

Important:
You may not apply directly to the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.
You must have received a Notification of Interest from Ontario through your MyCIC account before you can apply to OINP under this stream.

Important Deadline:
Your application must be received by the OINP within 45 calendar days from the date the Notification of Interest (NOI) letter was issued to you. Applications received outside the 45 calendar day period will be returned and will not be processed. 

Note: If you receive and accept an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from IRCC or a nomination from another province or territory after you have already applied to OINP, your application fee to OINP will not be refunded.  Application fees are non-refundable even if an application is withdrawn or denied, as they cover OINP’s cost of processing applications.

Please see the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Application Guide for more details.

1. Register for Express EntryRegister for Express Entry button

  • You must register for CIC’s Express Entry system. Once you do, you will receive an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code (also known as Candidate Identifier Code).  You will need these to complete your Nominee Application Form.
    For further information on how to register for Express Entry and more information on federal immigration programs, please visit CIC's website

  • You must provide accurate and truthful information in your Express Entry Profile.  If the information in your Express Entry Profile is inaccurate or not truthful, your application could be denied or your nomination withdrawn. CIC could also find you inadmissible and/or bar you from applying to immigrate to Canada for five years.
    For more information, please visit the CIC website.

  • You must qualify for one of two CIC economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

    See the Application Guide for more information on the FSWP and CEC criteria or visit the CIC website.

2. OINP identifies candidates in Express Entry poolIdentification in Express Entry pool button

  • OINP searches the Express Entry pool and identifies potential candidates who meet the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream criteria (see Section 2 for more information):
    • Minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 in French and CLB 6 in English;
    • Minimum work experience for either the FSWP or the CEC criteria;
    • Equivalent of a Canadian Bachelor’s degree or above;
    • Sufficient settlement funds; and
    • An intention to reside in Ontario.

  • If OINP identifies you in the Express Entry pool, you will receive a PT Notification of Interest from Ontario through your MyCIC account. This notification will invite you to apply to OINP for nomination under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.

3. Apply to OINP under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker StreamApply to OINP button

  • After you receive a PT Notification of Interest from Ontario through your MyCIC account, you have 45 days to apply to OINP under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.
  • To apply, fill out the Nominee Application Form (see Section 4 for instructions on completing the form) and ensure that you have all the required supporting documents (see Section 3).
    • All applicants must indicate which federal immigration program they wish to be assessed against: FSWP or CEC.

  • OINP will assess your nomination according to the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream eligibility criteria. Your application will also be assessed to ensure you meet the FSWP or CEC criteria.

4. Accept nomination from Ontario and apply for permanent residencyAccept nomination from OINP button

  • If your application is approved by Ontario, you will receive a letter from OINP through your MyCIC account notifying you of your nomination. You have 30 days to accept the nomination from Ontario in the Express Entry system.
  • Nomination from Ontario will give you an additional 600 CRS points and you will receive an invitation to apply for permanent residency from CIC.
  • Once you receive an invitation to apply from CIC, you have 60 days to apply to CIC for permanent residency.
    • For more information on CIC’s application process for permanent residency for provincial nominees through the Express Entry system, please visit the CIC website.

  • During the assessment of applications for permanent residency, CIC reviews applicants for admissibility, including health, security, and criminality checks as per Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. CIC will also verify all information provided by applicants to register for Express Entry.

Note: If you receive and accept an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from CIC or a nomination from another province or territory after you have already applied to OINP, your application fee to OINP will not be refunded.  Application fees are non-refundable even if an application is withdrawn or denied, as they cover OINP’s cost of processing applications.

 
 
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