The Government of Canada, through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), has partnered with provincial and territorial governments to administer the various Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). In the province of Ontario, the PNP is called the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
International students, foreign workers and business owners can apply to become permanent residents under the program.
Canadian employers from the province can hire foreign workers under the program.
ONTARIO GOVERNMENT TO MAKE CHANGES TO OINP APPLICATIONS
The Ontario Government will be implementing an Expression of Interest (EOI) system that will allow it to better manage applications made under its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), allowing it to better respond to its labour market requirements.
The Ontario Government recently released details for changes to be made to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
The announcement included details on how OINP applicants will be ranked and selected from the EOI pool.
OINP applicants create an online profile using the OINP’s new EOI system, which will put them in a pool with other candidates.
Applicants will provide personal information, including educational and work experience, which will be used to rank each applicant.
The higher the ranking, the better the chances of an applicant to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for a nomination under the OINP.
The changes being proposed by the Ontario Government to the OINP will bring it in line with the systems currently being used by the Government of Canada‘s Express Entry System, as well as other PNPs.
The Express Entry System sends out ITAs every week or so, and has sent out almost 70,000 ITAs to applicants so far in 2020.
The Express Entry System ranks applicants based on such criteria as age, educational and work experience, as well as language proficiency.
No other details were provided by the Ontario Government, but did indicate the new system will also rank applicants using similar criteria.
Further information, including EOI point allocations, will be made public on the official Ontario Government website.
The Ontario Government said that the improvements to the OINP will make help make the program “strategically manage intake, increase the OINP’s labour market responsiveness and better respond to regional labour market needs”.
The OINP has been criticized for the manner in which it accepts applications.
Currently, applications for the OINP are only accepted online, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Many have expressed concern that those without access to computers with high-speed internet are put at a disadvantage.
The proposed changes are expected to go into effect starting on October 23, 2020.
OINP EMPLOYER JOB OFFER INTERNATIONAL STUDENT STREAM
The Ontario Government’s Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is now accepting applications for its Employer Job Offer International Student Stream.
The Ontario Government is not accepting applications for other streams under the OINP, including the Foreign Worker Stream and the Masters Graduate Stream.
Any applications submitted to other streams will not be processed at this time.
Slots for the Employer Job Offer International Student Stream are limited, once the slots have been filled, the OINP will no longer accept new applications.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYER JOB OFFER INTERNATIONAL STUDENT STREAM
The Ontario Government requires interested International Students to apply online through its official website, which can be found here.
Using a laptop or desktop is strongly encouraged.
NEW EMPLOYER FORMS REQUIRED
International Students registering for the Employer Job Offer International Student Stream must submit their Canadian Employers information using the latest form, which can be found here.
International Students who are able to register will have 14 days to complete their application, including submitting other requirements such as the Employer Form.
The new form must be complete and dated no earlier than August 19, 2020. This form must be submitted no later than six months from the date in which it was completed.
Canadian Employers must indicate that their business conforms to the latest employment and occupational health and safety standards of the province of Ontario.
OINP EMPLOYER JOB OFFER INTERNATIONAL STUDENT STREAM REQUIREMENTS
International Students who have a job offer from a Canadian Employer in the province of Ontario can apply for the OINP Employer Job Offer Stream.
International Students don’t have to be in Ontario at the time of application, but applicants must have legal immigration status in Canada.
International Students who have implied status are also eligible to apply, provided they meet the minimum requirements of the program.
Job offers from Canadian Employers must be under National Occupational Classification (NOC) Types 0, A or B.
International Students must have completed an eligible degree or diploma program from a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) in Canada pithing the past two years. At least half of their studies must have been completed while International Students were in Canada legally.
International Students must commit to living and working in the province of Ontario, and provide proof of ties to the province, including experience and family members, if any.
OINP OPENING NEW STREAM TO APPLICATIONS
The Ontario Government is opening up the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker Stream for new applications starting on July 21, 2020.
Online applications will be accepted in its official website.
Due to expected demand, applicants will be placed in queue on a first-come-first-served basis to prevent the website from crashing.
With limited slots available, once the maximum number of applications have been reached, no additional applications will be accepted.
For the official OINP link to the Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker Stream, click here.
The Ontario Government had previously opened the Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker Stream to the public last March 3, 2020 but closed it on the same day after the website suffered from undisclosed technical glitches.
ONLY UPDATED FORMS TO BE ACCEPTED
The Ontario Government has made some changes to the Employer Form.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the updated form with their employer to avoid delays in processing.
Technical difficulties can be addressed by sending an email to the Ontario Government at [email protected]
OINP NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW PILOT PROGRAM
The OINP is now accepting applications for a new pilot program called the Regional Immigration Pilot (RIP).
Applicants who are willing to work and live in three participating communities in the province of Ontario can submit an application under the RIP.
In order to submit an application, the minimum requirements of the OINP Employer Job Offer streams must be met.
The three OINP Employer Job Offer streams are:
- Foreign Worker stream – skilled workers who meet the minimum requirements can submit an application under the RIP.
- International Student stream – international students who recently graduated from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in the province of Ontario can submit an application under the RIP.
- In-Demand Skills stream – foreign workers in the agricultural, construction, trucking and personal support worker sectors can submit an application under the RIP.
Eligible applicants must have full-time permanent job offers from Canadian employers from Chatham-Kent, Cornwall and Quinte West/Bellville.
The two year pilot program has a target of 150 approved applications.
The Ontario Government is working with Canadian employers from the three communities to promote the pilot program and to provide support to participating businesses.
Click here to apply.
WHAT IS THE ONTARIO IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM?
The OINP is administered by IRCC in partnership with the Government of Ontario.
The OINP allows the Government of Ontario to nominate eligible applicants with the skills and experience needed by the province’s labour market.
The nomination allows eligible applicants to apply for permanent residency with IRCC.
THREE DIFFERENT WAYS TO APPLY FOR THE ONTARIO IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM
Applications for the OINP can be made under three different categories, including:
EMPLOYER JOB OFFER CATEGORY – Foreign workers who have full-time, permanent job offers from Canadian employers in Ontario can apply under this category. There are three sub streams under the Employer Job Category: the Foreign Worker Stream (for workers in skilled positions), the International Student Stream (for international students who recently graduated from an Ontario educational institution) and the In-Demand Skills Stream (for intermediate-skilled workers employed in agriculture, construction, trucking and personal support worker sectors).
HUMAN CAPITAL CATEGORY – foreign workers and international students with Express Entry profiles can apply under this category. There are two streams under this category: the International Graduate Stream (for recent graduates of Ontario universities) and the Express Entry Stream (for applicants who were issued Notifications of Interest by the Government of Ontario).
The International Graduate Stream has two sub streams: the Masters Graduate Stream and the PhD Graduate Stream.
The Express Entry Stream has three sub streams: the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, the Human Capital Priorities Stream and the Skilled Trades Stream.
BUSINESS CATEGORY – foreign entrepreneurs who are considering establishing business in the province of Ontario can apply under this category.
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE ONTARIO IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM
- Choose the category, submit an application – each stream has different minimum requirements for application. Applicants must ascertain that they are eligible before submitting an application.
- Apply for a nomination from the Government of Ontario – apply for a nomination online here. Payment for application fees can be made with Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard and MasterCard Debit.
- Submit an application for permanent residency to IRCC – after being nominated by the Government of Ontario, applicants must apply for permanent residency with IRCC.
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