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Ontario Immigration Nominee Program OINP

Ontario is one of the most famous destinations of Canada for international immigrants from across the globe. Being Canada’s most popular province, around 40 % of Canadian citizens consider Ontario as their home. Moreover Ontario is the home for Canada’s capital, Ottawa and also the largest city of Canada, Toronto. Ontario is known as the center for Canada’s economic, social, and political situations.

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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is known by the name of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). It is constructed for individuals who have the required skills and working experience as per the Province. On selection by the province, the government will give an Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate to the applicant, which will help in making the remaining visa process faster.

Below are the streams under Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP):

  • Ontario Express Entry program
  • General Category (Employer Category)
  • International Student Category
  • Business Category

Present Status for OINP Immigration programs

Ontario declared a temporary pause on the application intake for large-volume OINP streams on May 2016. Eligible candidate should know that smaller-volume OINP streams will stay open and will continue to accept visa applications.

Below mentioned details in the table will show the present situation for all OINP immigration stream:

OINP programsCurrent StatusInformation
Human Capital Priorities StreamTemporary hold on Notifications of Interest (NOIs) sent on February 16, 2016.Linked with federal Express Entry system.
French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream(Active) OINP accepting and processing applications.Linked with federal Express Entry system.
Foreign Worker StreamActive for eligible applicants with approved job offer through Employer Pre-screen application process.Job offer must meetÿthe required level of wage for that occupation in Ontario.
International Student with a Job Offer StreamActive for eligible applicants with approved job offer through the Employer Pre-screen application process.Prior education requirement is not Ontario-specific; graduates of other province may be eligible.
International Student (Masters Graduate stream)Temporary hold from May 9, 2016.Job offer not needed
International Student (PhD Graduate stream)Temporary hold from May 9, 2016.Job offer not needed
Entrepreneur Stream(Active) OINP accepting Expressions of Interest.Successful candidates will obtain Temporary Work Permits prior the Permanent Resident status.
Corporate Stream(Active) OINP accepting and processing applications.Successful candidates will obtain Temporary Work Permits prior the Permanent Resident status.

Ontario Express Entry

A) Ontario Express Entry – Human Capital Priorities Stream

Ontario declared a temporary pause on Notifications of Interest (NOIs) sent under the Human Capital Priorities Stream on February 16, 2016.

Ontario Express Entry – Human Capital Priorities Stream allows OINP to nominate eligible applicants having required academic qualification, work experience, language capability, and other skills, so that they can enter the federal Express Entry pool. It helps these candidates establish and function into labour market and communities of Ontario.

Get more information on Human Capital Priorities stream under OINP, click here.

B) Ontario Express Entry – French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

This stream is constructed for French-Speaking skilled workers who have strong English language skills as well and want to reside and work for permanent basis in Ontario. This stream allows OINP to provide nomination to applicants having required academic qualification, skilled working experience, language capability, and other characteristics in the Express Entry pool and help them in successfully establishing and integrating into Ontario’s labour market and communities.

Get more information on French Speaking Skilled Worker stream under OINP, click here.

General Category (Employer Category)

Ontario declared a temporary pause for the intake of visa applications under the Employer Pre-screen application program from May 9, 2016. Although, International skilled applicants having approved job offer by the OINP may submit their application for provincial Nomination.

Under this stream, employers in Ontario are allowed to employ International skilled workers for required job positions (authorized by the Canadian Government and fall under NOC Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B). Selected applicants may be living abroad or in Canada at the time of application.

Get more information on General or employer category under OINP, click here.

International Student Category

Ontario declared a temporary pause for the new applications under Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams from May 9, 2016. Although, International Student having approved job offer under the Employer Pre-screen application program may submit their application for provincial Nomination.

A) International Student with Job Offer Stream

International Student with Job Offer Stream was designed to allow employers in Ontario to select foreign students for required job positions. It is specifically available for international students having job offers in Ontario.

Get more information on International Student with Job Offer Stream under OINP, click here.

B) International Masters Graduate Stream

International Masters Graduate Stream is designed for candidates who have acquired a Master’s degree from any of Ontario’s publicly funded universities. Under this stream, job offer is not required.

Get more information on International Masters Graduate Stream under OINP, click here.

C) International PhD Graduate Stream

International PhD Graduate Stream allows candidates who have acquired a PhD qualification from any of Ontario’s publicly funded universities. Under this stream, job offer is not required.

Get more information on International PhD Graduate Stream under OINP, click here.

Business Category

A) Entrepreneur Stream

Entrepreneur Stream is constructed to invite candidates who wish to establish a new business venture or involve into an existing business venture of Ontario. Eligible Candidates can acquire a temporary work permit support letter which will depend upon their performance agreement for establishing an Ontario business. In case the investment plan and job creation agreements mentioned in the performance agreement are accepted further, candidates will be nominated for Canada permanent residency visa.

Get more information on Entrepreneur Stream under OINP, click here.

B) Corporate Stream

Corporate Stream is constructed to support already established foreign corporations who wish to expand their venture in Ontario or seek to involve into an existing business venture. Once the business establishes successfully, the major staff members will be eligible to apply for a provincial nomination. This will further allow them to acquire the permanent residency visa of Canada.

Get more information on Corporate Stream under OINP, click here.

C) Investors Stream

Investors Stream under OINP has been closed October 29, 2015. This stream is not accepting any visa applications.

To learn more about other provincial nominee programs under Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), click here.

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