French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
To be considered under this Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) stream, candidates must qualify for the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) federal Express Entry pool under either the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Candidates may not apply directly to this stream. Instead, they must first receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the OINP based on their Express Entry profile.
Candidates identified by the OINP will receive an NOI, which will invite them to apply to the OINP for nomination under the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. From this point, selected candidates have 45 calendar days to apply to the OINP under this stream. If their application is approved, candidates will be notified of their nomination by the OINP, which they can accept and use to apply to IRCC for permanent residence.
French-Speaking Skilled Worker Application Process
Foreign nationals must have a valid Express Entry profile and a NOI letter in order to apply for this OINP Express Entry-aligned stream. The OINP searches the Express Entry pool and identifies potential candidates who may meet the eligibility criteria of the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.
A NOI is valid for 45 calendar days, which means that an application to the OINP must be submitted within 45 days.
Candidates in the Express Entry pool who have been issued a NOI are advised to become familiar with the program's criteria and document checklists in advance in order to be prepared to submit an application for the stream under which they qualify.
The eligible candidates who successfully create a profile in the Expression of Interest system will enter a pool of candidates. If the candidate has the required level of education and relevant area of training, he/she will receive a Quebec Selection Certificate. On receiving a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ), the candidate can submit the application within 90 days. Those who receive CSQ can apply for Canada permanent residence.