Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – Canada’s largest PNP

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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

Ever given much thought to immigrating to Canada? Many have done so successfully using different immigration programs, including the different Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The province of Ontario calls their PNP the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

International students, foreign workers as well as business owners and entrepreneurs can submit an application for permanent residency under the OINP.

Canadian employers from the province of Ontario can also hire foreign workers under the OINP.




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 Government of Ontario is now accepting applications from International Students who would like to be nominated for permanent residency and already have job offers from Canadian employers.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is accepting applications for the Employer Job Offer – International Student Stream starting on August 19, 2020.

The OINP is not currently accepting applications for the Foreign Worker Stream and the Masters Graduate Stream. Applications made through these streams will not be processed at this time.

Limited slots are available, once all slots have been filled, no additional applications will be accepted.




HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE OINP’S EMPLOYER JOB OFFER: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT STREAM

Applications for the Employer Job Offer – International Student Stream must be made online at the official OINP website. Click on this link here.

Use of a desktop or laptop is recommended.

Applications must also use the revised Employer Form, which can be found here.

Take note that the Employer Form must have the latest information available, and that it is submitted not more than 6 months after being signed by the Canadian Employer.

International Students who are able to register have 14 days to complete their application.

The OINP has also revised the section which asks Canadian Employers if they meet provincial employment standards and occupational health and safety standards.

Any information that is found missing or not updated on the part of the International Student and the Canadian Employer may be cause for delays.

If you are having technical difficulties during registration, take a screen shot and send it by email to: ontarionominee@ontario.ca




WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE OINP’S EMPLOYER JOB OFFER: INTERNATIONAL STUDENT STREAM?

International Students who meet the minimum requirements of the program, including having a job offer from a Canadian Employer from the province of Ontario can apply for the OINP’s Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream.

While International Students do not necessarily need to be in Ontario at the time of application, they must have legal immigration status at the time of application.

International Students with implied status can apply for this stream, provided they meet the minimum requirements of the program.

The job offer from the Canadian Employer must be classified Type 0, A or B under the National Occupational Classification (NOC).

International Students must have graduated from an eligible full-time degree or diploma program from a Designated Learning Institute (DLI) within the past two years to apply, with at least half of the studies been completed while in Canada legally.

International Students must reside in Ontario and demonstrate ties to the province.




OINP NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW STREAM

The Ontario Government will be accepting applications for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker Stream starting July 21, 2020.

The Ontario Government is opening up the new stream to the public through its official application website.

Limited slots are available, according to the Ontario Government. With plenty of interested applicants expected, the website will be placing visitors in queue to prevent it from crashing.

Once the number of maximum applications have been met, the website will not accept any new applications.

Click here for the official OINP link.

The Ontario Government tried to open the OINP’s Employer Job Offer Foreign Worker Stream to the public on March 3, 2020 but when demand crashed the website, the program was closed until further notice.




IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE FORMS

The Ontario Government will only accept the updated Employer Form. Any application using previous forms will be returned.

Applicants who are able to register will have 14 days to submit a complete application, including the updated Employer Form.

Applicants are advised to carefully review the information given in the Employer Form to avoid any delays in processing.

Applicants who experience technical difficulties are advised to include a screenshot in an email to the Ontario Government at ontarionominee@ontario.ca.




OINP NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR NEW REGIONAL IMMIGRATION PILOT

A new pilot program is now accepting applications under the OINP. The program is called the Regional Immigration Pilot (RIP).

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the OINP Employer Job Offer streams.

The OINP Employer Job Offer streams are:

  1. Foreign Worker stream – this stream is for skilled workers
  2. International Student stream – this stream is for applicants who recently graduated from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in the province of Ontario
  3. In-Demand Skills stream – this stream is for workers in the agricultural, construction, trucking and personal support worker sectors.

Applicants must also have full-time, permanent job offers from Canadian employers from the following communities in the province of Ontario:

  1. Chatham-Kent
  2. Cornwall
  3. Quinte West/Belleville

The RIP is a two year pilot program with 150 slots.

The OINP is reaching out to Canadian employers in these three communities in the province of Ontario, to raise awareness of the program as well as to provide support to participating employers.

The RIP will bring in skilled workers from all over the world and connect them with Canadian employers from smaller communities in the province of Ontario.

Chatham-Kent, Cornwall and Quinte West/Belleville were chosen because of their need for additional skilled labour as well as their capacity to support Newcomers in their communities.

Applicants in the RIP must have a full-time, permanent job offer from a Canadian employer in the province of Ontario to be eligible. Applicants do not have to be in Canada at the time of the application.

Click here to apply.

To learn more about Chatham-Kent, click here.
To learn more about Cornwall, click here.
To learn more about Quinte West/Bellevile, click here.




WHAT IS THE ONTARIO IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM?

The OINP is the province of Ontario’s PNP. The program is carried out in partnership with the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Under the OINP, the Government of Ontario can nominate applicants who have the skills and experience to make a meaningful contribution to the province’s economy. The nomination will allow eligible applicants to apply for permanent residency.




THREE WAYS TO APPLY FOR THE ONTARIO IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM

OINP applications can be made under the following categories:

EMPLOYER JOB OFFER CATEGORY – workers who have an existing full time, permanent job offer from a Canadian employer from the province of Ontario can apply under this category.

  • Foreign Worker Stream – workers in skilled positions can apply under this stream
  • International Student Stream – international students who recently graduated from an educational institution in the province of Ontario can apply under this stream.
  • In-Demand Skills Stream – intermediate skilled workers in the agriculture, construction, trucking and personal support worker sectors can apply under this stream.

The Employer Job Offer Category has three streams. Applicants must have a full time, permanent job offer from a Canadian employer from the province of Ontario.

HUMAN CAPITAL CATEGORY – workers and graduate students who have an existing Express Entry profile and work experience, education and language proficiency can apply under this category.

The Human Capital Category has two streams.

  • International Graduate Stream – applicants with a graduate degree from eligible Ontario universities can apply under this stream within two years of receiving their degree. This includes the Masters Graduate Stream and the PhD Graduate Stream.
  • Express Entry Stream – applicants who receive a Notification of Interest from the Government of Ontario can apply under Express Entry. Applicants must have an existing profile that reflects their work and educational experience, as well as language proficiency. This includes the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream , the Human Capital Priorities Stream and the Skilled Trades Stream.

BUSINESS CATEGORY – entrepreneurs who are considering starting a new business in Ontario can apply under this category.




HOW TO APPLY FOR THE ONTARIO IMMIGRANT NOMINEE PROGRAM

  1. Make sure to meet the minimum requirements for the program – Different streams have different minimum requirements. Applicants must make sure that they meet the minimum requirements before submitting an application.
  2. Receive a nomination from the Government of Ontario – Apply online here. Payment for the application fee can be done using Visa, Visa Debit, MasterCard or MasterCard Debit.
  3. Submit a PR application to the Government of Canada – after receiving a nomination from the Government of Ontario, an application for permanent residency must be submitted to IRCC.





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