Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)


Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is an economic immigration program for Foreign workers, international students, Business Persons, Skilled Workers, Professionals and others with the right skills, experience and education apply to the OINP for a nomination. Once people are nominated for permanent residence by OINP Ontario then they become eligible to for Permanent Residence in Canada.

Ottawa the capital of Ontario

Ontario is the most populous province with 38.3 percent of the country’s population. It is home to the nation’s capital city, Ottawa. Ontario’s vibrant multiculturalism and varied landscapes make this a great place to live, visit or permanently settle in Canada.

Like most of the other Provincial Nominee Programs, the Ontario provincial immigration program called Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) works in partnership with the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is currently accepting applications under the following streams:

  • Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream
  • PhD Graduate Stream
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream*
  • Human Capital Priorities Stream*
  • Skilled Trades Stream*
  • Entrepreneur Stream

New: The following OINP streams are closed to applications at this time:

  • Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
  • Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
  • Masters Graduate Stream

To apply under OINP’s Express Entry streams, the candidate must have a profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offer following categories for nomination:

Employer job offer category: for workers who already have a permanent job offer from an Ontario employer

Human capital category: for workers who have valuable work experience, education, language skills, and a profile in Canada’s Express Entry system; or for graduate students

Business category: for entrepreneurs looking to start a new or buy an existing business in Ontario

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)-Employer job offer category

This category provides an opportunity to employers in Ontario to nominate Foreign Workers and International Students who have recently graduated from Ontario by providing them a Permanent Full-time Job Offer. The applicants may be living abroad or in Canada.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)-Foreign Worker Stream

This Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s stream is for foreign workers who can apply to permanently live and work in Ontario by securing a job offer from an employer in Ontario in a skilled occupation at Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The foreign workers may be living abroad or in Canada at the time of application.

Lear more about the Eligibility Criteria for OINP Foreign Worker Stream.

Note: This category is currently closed

International Student stream

This stream is for international students who have recently graduated from Ontario to permanently live and work in Ontario by securing a job offer from an employer in Ontario in a skilled occupation at Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

Learn more about the Eligibility Criteria for OINP International Student Stream

Note: This category is currently closed

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program-In-Demand Skills stream

This stream is for intermediate skilled workers in specific sectors, such as agriculture, construction, trucking and personal support workers who can apply to permanently live and work in Ontario by securing a job offer from an employer in Ontario in a skilled occupation at Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The foreign workers may be living abroad or in Canada at the time of application.

Learn more about the Eligibility Criteria for OINP In-Demand Skills Stream

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)-Human Capital Category

The human capital category has two sub-categories

  • The international Graduate Streams
  • Ontario’s Express Entry streams

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program-The international Graduate Streams

Master Graduate Stream

It gives international graduates with an Ontario master’s degree the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario and they do not need a job offer to apply. The candidates can apply to the Masters Graduate Stream if they meet all the eligibility criteria.

This category provides an opportunity to International Students who have recently completed a master’s degree or PhD degree from an eligible Ontario university to qualify for nomination.

The candidates apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence. However, this stream has a number of mandatory requirements you must meet before you can apply.

Mandatory requirements

You can apply to the Masters Graduate Stream if you meet all the criteria in the eight categories below.

1. Education

To qualify, you must have completed the requirements necessary to get a master’s degree.

This means:

    at least one academic year of full-time study (that is at least 15 hours of instruction per week over the academic year)

    the degree is from an eligible university in Ontario

2. Language

You must be able to understand, read, write and speak in English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher. To prove that you have the mandatory language skills, you must take an approved English or French language test before you submit your application to this stream.

The test must be no more than two years old at the time you submit your application. The acceptable approved tests area:

    International English Language Testing (IELTS) (General Training test only)

    Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) (General test only)

    Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)

    Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF)

3. Residency in Ontario

You must have legally lived in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years before you apply.

4. Settlement funds

You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada.

You can meet this requirement through one or a combination of any of the following:

funds as demonstrated by the balance listed in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed term deposits, mutual funds, etc.

5. Intention to live in Ontario

You must intend to live and work in Ontario after you’re granted permanent residence. You can prove your ties to Ontario, which can include doing things like:

    working or have worked in Ontario

    getting job offers or applying/interviewing for jobs

    studying

    volunteering

    leasing or owning property

    visiting

    having professional networks and affiliations, family ties or social or personal relationships

6. Residency at time of application

At the time you apply, you must be either:

    living in Ontario with legal status (study permit, work permit, visitor record)

    living outside Canada

You don’t qualify if you’re living in a province or territory in Canada other than Ontario at the time you apply.

7. Legal status in Canada (if applicable)

If you are applying from within Canada, you must have legal status (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply and should maintain that status until the time of nomination.

8. Application period

You must submit your application within two years of completing the requirements necessary to obtain your master’s degree.

Important: You must have completed your master’s degree before you submit your application.

Moreover, the application process is highly technical process involving online registration through OINP e-filing portal. You must submit your application within 14 calendar days after you register or your registration will expire.You can hire our services by contacting us to represent you to complete the registration and application process.

PhD Graduate Stream

This category provides an opportunity to International Students who have recently completed a PhD degree from an eligible Ontario university to qualify for nomination. This stream has a number of mandatory requirements the candidates must meet before you can apply.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)-Ontario Express Entry

Ontario Express Entry is available to French speaking and other skilled workers with the required work experience, education and language proficiency in French and English workers with work experience in Ontario in an eligible trade occupation. The candidates need a Notification of Interest (NOA) before they can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

 It has three streams namely French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, Human Capital Priorities Stream and Skilled Trade Stream

French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

This program is ideal for French-speaking skilled workers with strong English language abilities to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario. The candidates must have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario before they can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

This stream has a number of mandatory requirements the candidates must meet before they can apply.

Learn more about the Eligibility Criteria for French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

Human Capital Priorities Stream

This program is Foreign workers with Skilled Work Experience, strong language and education to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario. The candidates must have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario before they can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

This stream has a number of mandatory requirements the candidates must meet before they can apply.

Learn more about the Eligibility Criteria for Human Capital Priorities Stream

Skilled Trades Stream

This program is Foreign workers with Ontario Work Experience in Eligible Trades to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario. The candidates must have a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system and receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario before they can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence.

This stream has a number of mandatory requirements the candidates must meet before they can apply.

The human capital category has two sub-categories

  • The international Graduate Streams
  • Ontario’s Express Entry streams

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