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The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) supports employers by facilitating the immigration of managerial, professional and skilled foreign workers and international students required to meet their human resources needs.

There are five streams under which candidates can apply directly for Ontario nomination: Employer Job Offer, International Student (Masters Graduate), International Student (PhD Graduate), Investor Immigration (Corporate) and Investor Immigration (Entrepreneur).

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The province also has three express entry streams targeting applicants who have the requisite qualifications, including education, experience, language proficiency and ability to successfully establish in ontario and contribute to the province’s economic development.
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Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream

To qualify applicants must have:

  1. Pending application under the Federal Express Entry system
  2. Minimum of 1-year of full time, or full time equivalent work experience under NOC occupation level 0, A or B
  3. Canadian equivalent Bachelors degree, Masters degree or PhD
  4. Minimum CLB level 7 in IELTS general exam
  5. Intention to reside in the Province of Ontario
  6. Minimum of 400 points under the Federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System

Ontario Employer Job Offer Category

The Ontario Employer Job Offer category replaces the previous Employer Pre-Screened category with the key difference being the candidate, not the employer, leads the application process. If you wish to seek guidance, contact the immigration consultant in Ontario at 5 River Immigration.

The category has three streams, for foreign workers, international students and in-demand skills.

Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream

To qualify, applicants must have:

  1. A permanent and full time job offer under NOC 0, A or B that meets prevailing wage levels for Ontario
  2. Two years of relevant work experience in the previous five years before the date of application
  3. Relevant mandatory licensing in Ontario, if the position so requires
  4. Live abroad, or be working in or visiting Canada on a valid permit

Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream

To qualify, applicants must have:

  1. A permanent and full time job offer under NOC 0, A or B that meets entry wage levels for Ontario
  2. Either
    • Graduated or met requirements of a full-time minimum two-year degree from a publicly-funded Canadian college or university; or
    • Graduated or met requirements of a full-time minimum one-year post-graduate diploma program from a publicly-funded Canadian college or university.
  3. Completed at least half the studies in Canada
  4. Apply within two years from the date you completed the above course

Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream

The Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream is currently open to applications from candidates in specific occupations in the agriculture and construction industries.

Key Candidate Requirements

  1. Permanent and full-time job offer in one of the eligible occupations.
  2. Job offer that meets the prevailing wage in Ontario for the occupation. For those already working in the position, the wage must be equal or greater than your current wage

Further Candidate Requirements

  1. Work Experience One year of cumulative work experience in the last three years in one of the eligible occupations. Experience must be paid and full time, or the equivalent amount in part time work in Ontario Seasonal work does not count.
  2. Education Equivalent of Canadian high school education or above.
  3. Valid certificate or licence Valid certificate or license at the time of application for any claimed work experience that requires it.
  4. Language Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in English or French in all language competencies (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).
  5. Settlement Funds Sufficient funds and/or income in Ontario to cover settlement costs for you and your family members.

Ontario International Student Immigration Category

The process for this category is the same as the Employer Pre-Screened Category.

To be eligible to apply for an Ontario nomination as an international student, candidates must:

  1. Have completed at least half of their studies in Canada
  2. Be in their last semester of post-secondary studies
  3. Or have completed their studies in Canada within two years
A $1500 PROCESSING FEE IS CHARGED FOR APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED UNDER THIS CATEGORY.

To be eligible to apply for the PhD Graduate Stream, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Graduated from a PhD degree program at a publicly funded Ontario university and have completed at least two years of study
  2. Intend to live and work in Ontario
  3. Must legally live in Canada if applying from within. Applications from abroad also accepted
  4. Application must be within two years of date on PhD diploma

To be eligible to apply for the Masters Graduate Stream, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Graduated from a Master’s degree program at a publicly funded Ontario university and have completed at least one year full time
  2. Have level 7 or above English or French
  3. Lived in Ontario for at least one year in the last two
  4. Have sufficient settlement funds
  5. Intend to live and work in Ontario
  6. Must either legally live in Ontario or live abroad. Applications from elsewhere in Canada will not be accepted
  7. Application must be within two years of date on master’s degree certificate

Ontario Express Entry: Skilled Trades Stream

The Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream targets skilled trades workers in the construction and agricultural sectors, but could be expanded in the future.

To qualify applicants must have:

  1. Pending application under the Federal Express Entry system
  2. At least 12 months of paid cumulative or continuous Ontario work experience with the last two years prior to your Notification of Interest in National Occupation Classification 633, or major groups 72, 73 or 82
  3. Proof of Ontario license or certification if your occupation so requires
  4. A valid work permit and be resident in Ontario at the time of application
  5. English or French-language level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 5 or above in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  6. Proof of settlement fund to cover you and your dependents, with the minimum amount determined by official Low Income Cut-Offs

Ontario will select eligible applicants from the Express Entry Pool. Candidates who are selected will receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario and may then submit an application for nomination under the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program.

To know more consult our immigration consultant in Ontario.

Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

To qualify applicants must have:

  1. Pending application under the Federal Express Entry system
  2. Minimum of 1-year of full time, or full time equivalent work experience under NOC occupation  level 0, A or B
  3. Canadian equivalent Bachelors degree, Masters degree or PhD
  4. Minimum CLB level 7 in TEF exam
  5. Intention to reside in the Province on Ontario
  6. Minimum of 400 points under the Federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System

Ontario Investors Immigration Category

The government of Ontario has authority to nominate certain applicants for Canadian permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Individuals with a nomination certificate issued by the province may apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Ontario Business Immigration program has two immigration programs directed to applicants with a successful business background.  The programs are:

  1. The Ontario Corporate Stream (OCS)
  2. The Ontario Entrepreneur Stream (OES)

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Ontario will select eligible applicants from the Express Entry Pool. Candidates who are selected will receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario and may then submit an application for nomination under the Ontario Provincial Nomination Program.

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