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New Ontario employer job offer: international student stream

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The Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream is a new immigration stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and provides yet another pathway for international students to become Canadian permanent resident if they choose to settle in Ontario.

The Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream gives international students with a job offer in a skilled occupation at Skill Type 0 or Skill Levels A or B of the National Occupational Classification (NOC), the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

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The stream is open to international students in and outside of Canada. This means that if you are an international graduate, either inside or outside of Canada and have a valid job offer, you can now submit your application to live and work in Ontario, Canada and get permanent residence.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

You must apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for permanent residence. If you are nominated, your next step is to apply to the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). They make the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.

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Applicant requirements for Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream

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Before you apply, you must meet all the criteria in the following five categories. Please refer to section 6 of Ontario Regulation 422/17 for more details on each requirement.

1. Education

You must have received from an eligible Canadian institution:

  • a degree or diploma that takes at least two years to complete if you study on a full-time basis, or
  • a degree, diploma or certificate that takes at least one year to complete if you study on a full-time basis and that requires a completed degree as an admission requirement

You must also have completed more than half of your studies while living and studying in Canada.

Note: Full-time study is determined by your college or university. Generally, it means a minimum of 15 hours of instruction per week during the academic year, including any period of training in the workplace that is part of your studies.

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Important: You must have completed your degree, diploma or certificate before you submit your application.

2. Valid licence or other authorization (if applicable)

If your job offer is for an occupation that requires a mandatory licence or other authorization in Ontario, you must hold a valid licence or authorization from the appropriate regulatory body in Ontario when you apply.

For more information on licences and authorizations in Ontario, please visit the Ontario’s Jobs and Employment website or the Ontario College of Trades website.

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3. Intention to live in Ontario

You must intend to live in Ontario after you’ve been granted permanent residence. We determine this by examining your ties to Ontario, which can include doing things such as:

  • working or having worked here
  • getting job offers, applying to or interviewing for jobs
  • studying
  • volunteering
  • leasing or owning property
  • visiting
  • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties and personal relationships

4. Legal status in Canada (if applicable)

If you are applying from within Canada, you must have legal status (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) at the time you apply and should maintain that status until the time of nomination.

You may apply if you are in ‘implied status’ at the time of your OINP application submission. ‘Implied status’ means that you submitted an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to renew/extend your temporary status document (a visitor record, work permit, study permit) before its expiry date. You can remain in Canada and continue to work or study under the same conditions as your existing permit until a decision is made on your pending IRCC application.

5. Application period

You must submit your application within two years of completing the requirements necessary to obtain your degree, diploma or certificate (also known as your education credential). For example, if your degree, diploma or certificate is dated June, 1 2017, you must apply to this stream before June 1, 2019.

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This means that the date on your educational credential must be within two years of your OINP application submission date. For example, if your educational credential is dated June 1, 2017, you must apply to this stream before June 1, 2019.

If you don’t have your education credential yet, use the date on the official letter from your college or university which states when your education credential will be granted.

How to apply for Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream

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Step 1. Make sure you meet the mandatory requirements

The Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream has a number of mandatory requirements you must meet before you can apply. These include:

In a nutshell, in order to qualify to apply for permanent residence under the Ontario Employer Job Offer: The International Student Stream you must have a full-time permanent job offer in Ontario, Canada that:

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  • Meets minimum wage requirements;
  • Is classified as highly skilled ie. NOC type 0 or skill level A or B.
  • The job offer cannot be older than six months.

You will need to submit a signed job offer letter from your prospective Canadian employer outlining the details of your job offer with your application, so make sure you have this on hand when you start your visa application

Important: In order for your application to be approved, the job offer must be effective the date that you are nominated by the OINP, if you are already working for the employer in the approved employment position; or if you are not, on the date you obtain a work permit and begin working in the approved employment position. This means that your employer must adhere to the terms and conditions in the job offer and begin paying you the approved wage once you are nominated and begin working.

Step 2. Understand and follow the application process

  • you have to apply online through the OINP e-Filing Portal
  • it takes about three hours to complete the application
  • you do not have to complete the application in one session, you can save your work and return to it later
  • you must submit your application within 14 calendar days after you register or your registration will expire (if it does, you can re-register provided we are still accepting new registrations under this stream)
  • you can complete the application yourself or have a representative complete it on your behalf.
  • you have to pay $1,500 to apply
  • you have to pay by credit card, we only accept Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard and Mastercard Debit

Step 3. Have your supporting documents ready

You also need to make sure you have all your supporting documents, in English or French, scanned and ready to upload when you apply. If you do not, your application will be returned as incomplete and your application fee will be refunded.

OINP portal guidelines

Please note that if any of your documents are not in English or French they must be translated.

To complete your application for the Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream, you will need one of the following:

  • A degree; diploma or certificate of at least 2 years from a Canadian university or college; or
  • A postgraduate qualification (degree; diploma or certificate) that takes at least one year to complete.

You will also need the following supporting documentation:

  • A new signed employer form; (must have been issued in the past six months)
  • Photograph;
  • Travel Document or Passport;
  • Status documents in Canada;
  • Resume; and
  • Any other additional documents such as police clearance, medical certificate, IELTS results etc. should the OINP request them.

Please note: It takes about three hours to complete your application. You don’t have to do it all at once but you must submit your application within 14 calendar days after you first register.

Submit an application now

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After you apply

After you (or your representative) submit your application, you will get an email to confirm that OINP has received it.

You can check the status of your application through your account in the OINP e-Filing Portal.

For regular updates on processing times, read the OINP Application processing times and nominations issued.

1. If you are nominated

If your application is successful, you will receive a nomination approval letter, a work permit support letter and a nomination certificate by email.

Once OINP notifies you, your next step is to apply for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), within six months.

You will need to include your nomination approval letter and nomination certificate.

Note: A nomination does not guarantee approval of your application for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

You may request an extension of your nomination certificate if you applied to IRCC but your application for permanent residence was returned due to being incomplete, or you were delayed in gathering supporting documents (for example, police criminal record check) for your application for permanent residence.

Only requests that comply with the above requirements will be granted.

You can request an extension by emailing the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program at ontarionominee@ontario.ca with the following information:

  • A letter of explanation describing the reason to extend your nomination certificate; and
  • A copy of the incomplete letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (if applicable).

Your work permit support letter may be used to apply for a work permit from IRCC while your application for permanent residence is being processed.

Your work permit support letter is valid for six months. You may request an extension if your work permit is expiring and your application for permanent residence is still in process.

You can request an extension by emailing the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program at ontarionominee@ontario.ca with the following information:

  • Copies of your two (2) most recent pay slips.
  • Scanned copy of your work permit.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will review your request and determine whether you continue to meet the conditions of your nomination. If the conditions are not met, your nomination may be cancelled.

Reminder: The job offer is effective the date that you are nominated by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program if you are already working for the employer in the approved employment position; or if you are not, on the date you obtain a work permit and begin working in the approved employment position. This means that your employer must adhere to the terms and conditions in the job offer and begin paying you the approved wage once you begin working.

Approval of the nomination

Your nomination is subject to the following conditions until you receive permanent residence:

  1. You must continue to demonstrate on a reasonable basis an intention to reside in Ontario.
  2. You must be employed in the approved employment position as of the date of nomination if you are already working for your employer in the approved employment position, or if you are not, on the date that you obtain a work permit and begin working for your employer in the approved employment position.
  3. You must continue to be employed in the approved position of your job offer until you receive permanent residence. The following terms of the job offer must be maintained:
    • position title and duties
    • wage
    • hours of work and
    • work location

You must notify the OINP if there is a change in the nature of your employment, including any of the above.

2. If you are not nominated

If your application is unsuccessful, OINP will let you know by email. If you think an error was made in the decision that led to your application being refused, you may ask for an internal review.

To request an internal review:

  1. Send an email to internalreview-revisioninterne@ontario.ca. You must email us within:
    • 30 calendar days of receiving your notice of refusal if you live in Canada
    • 60 calendar days of receiving your notice of refusal if you live outside of Canada
  2. In your email, explain how:
    • on the date you submitted your application, you met all requirements
    • an error we made resulted in your application being unsuccessful

Do not include any new information that you did not include in your original application, unless that information was not reasonably available to you at the time you submitted your application.

New information that you did not include in your application because of an oversight will not be considered.

Internal review requests must be sent by email. OINP will not accept requests by mail, fax or in-person.


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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.