The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is used to facilitate the province’s immigration needs.
The program is set up to enable Ontario to nominate individuals and their families for permanent residence in Ontario, which entitles applications to certain advantages from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Each year IRCC puts quotas on the number of nominations each province can make. For 2018, IRCC allocated 6,850 spots for Ontario’s PNP and Express Entry programs. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) accepts applicants under three immigration categories, the Employer Job Offer, Human Capital, and Business Categories, which each are each divided into several streams. All three categories require applicants to demonstrate that they intend on settling in Ontario and hold valid temporary resident status if they are applying from inside Canada.
One of the purposes of the PNP program is to assist employers who are having difficulty recruiting qualified, skilled workers in Ontario. The Employer Job Offer category includes three streams, which are the Foreign Worker Stream, International Student Stream, and the In-Demand Skills Stream. In each stream, applicants must ensure they meet the relevant requirements and their employer must also make an application for approval of the offered position by completing the required Employer Form.
In all streams, the job offer must be for a full-time, permanent position that is necessary to the employer business and is primarily located in Ontario. The applicant’s employer must also have been in active business for at least three years, meet certain revenue, ownership and staff requirements, and have no outstanding orders made against them under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 or the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Foreign Worker Stream
International Student Stream
In-Demand Skills Stream
The human capital category has two sub-categories, the International Graduate streams and Ontario’s Express Entry streams. In the International Graduate sub-category there are two streams, the Masters Graduate Stream and the PhD Graduate Stream. Likewise, under Ontario’s Express Entry sub-category, there are three streams, including the French-Speaking Skilled Worker, Human Capital Priorities, and Skilled Trades Stream.
Sub Category of Human Capital
In the International Graduate streams, applicants must apply within two (2) years of completing their degree requirements, and students with CIDA grants or home country scholarships must satisfy their obligations to return home before they are eligible to apply. Applicants must also demonstrate that they have legally resided in Ontario for at least one (1) year in the past two (2) years, and that they can financially support themselves and any dependents.
Masters Graduate Stream
PhD Graduate Stream
The student must have successfully completed the requirements necessary to graduate from an existing PhD program at an eligible publically funded university in Ontario, of which at least two (2) years must have been completed in Ontario.
Unlike the other OINP streams, these three require applicants to first create and post a profile in the federal government’s Express Entry system. Selected applicants will then receive a Notification of Interest from Ontario, at which point they have 45 calendar days to apply to the OINP in their designated stream. Thus, in this category, applicants must been the requirements for both the Express Entry system and their OINP stream.
To qualify for Express Entry you must:
French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
To qualify under this stream, you must:
Human Capital Priorities Stream
Skilled Trades Stream
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s Investor Component has been replaced by the Corporate and Entrepreneur Stream, bringing Ontario in line with the provincial nominee programs available for entrepreneurs in other provinces such as British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. As these programs are still very new, it is not clear what business sectors OINP will be targeting, but they will most likely target Ontario’s key sectors: aerospace, automotive, financial services, food and beverage manufacturing, IT, life sciences, mining, tourism investment, water technologies.
OINP’s Corporate Stream is intended for established foreign corporations looking to expand their business into Ontario or buy an existing Ontario business. It may allow key managerial staff or staff with specialized knowledge staff that are essential to the business to obtain nominations from Ontario for Permanent Resident status.
The following requirements apply to applicants under this stream:
OINP’s Entrepreneur Stream is intended for individuals with high human capital looking to implement a new business idea or buy an existing business in Ontario. It may allow an Entrepreneur and up to one business partner to obtain nominations from Ontario for Permanent Resident status.
If a candidate’s PNP application is denied, they can seek review of the denial decision of their application. Written request must be submitted within fifteen (15) business days of receiving the denial notification. For applicants outside of Canada, the written request must be received within 30 business days of receiving the denial. Reconsideration decisions are based on the circumstances at the time of the application, and not based on a change of circumstances. Reconsideration decisions are final.
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