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The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (“OINP”) has announced that they will be re-opening the following provincial nomination streams next week:

  • International PhD Graduate Stream
  • International Masters Graduate Stream
  • Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream

The OINP has also announced that they will be implementing a new online application system for the Provincial Nomination streams listed above. Application intake will be paused and reopened periodically in order to more efficiently process applications.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream received a higher than expected volume of applications in 2016. Applicants were initially given an estimated processing time of three months for PNP applications under the Human Capital Priorities Stream, however many applicants experienced processing times of up to one year. The introduction of an online application system, as well as periodic pauses to control intake volume indicates that the OINP is taking steps to improve processing times in 2017. Further details are to be announced February 21st 2017.