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2. Human capital category

The human capital category has two sub-categories, the international graduate streams and Ontario’s Express Entry streams.

International graduate stream

To qualify under the Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams, you must have a graduate degree from an eligible Ontario university and apply within two years of getting your degree:

  • Masters Graduate Stream
  • PhD Graduate Stream

OINP Masters and PhD Graduate Streams

The Masters and PhD Graduate Streams give international graduates with an Ontario master’s or phd degree the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.

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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Before you apply

1. Make sure you meet the mandatory requirements

The two streams have a number of mandatory requirements you must meet before you can apply.

2. Understand the application process

Please note:

  • you have to apply online through the OINP e-Filing Portal
  • it takes about two 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, OINP only accepts Visa or MasterCard
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.

Mandatory requirements

You can apply to the Masters or PhD Graduate Stream if you meet all the criteria in the eight categories below. You don’t need a job offer to apply.

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Please refer to section 8 of Ontario Regulation 422/17 or
to section 9 of Ontario Regulation 422/17 ; and the Masters application guide or the PhD application guide for more details on each requirement.

1. Education

To qualify, you must have completed the requirements necessary to get a master’s or phd degree.

For Masters:

  • at least one academic year of full-time study (that is at least 15 hours of instruction per week over the academic year)
  • the degree is from an eligible university in Ontario (see the list of eligible Ontario universities below)

You don’t qualify if you are enrolled as a student when you are applying, unless:

  • it is for the purpose of meeting the requirements to be licensed in a regulated occupation in Ontario, or
  • you are also working full-time in Ontario

For PhD:

You must have completed the requirements necessary to obtain a PhD degree. The degree must be from an eligible university in Ontario (see the list of eligible Ontario universities offering PhD degrees below).

At least two years of your PhD studies must have been completed while legally living and studying in Ontario.

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For either Masters of PhD stream, you don’t qualify if you have received a bursary, grant or scholarship that requires you return to your home country after you earn your master’s degree. You may only apply after you have fulfilled those commitments and can demonstrate an intention to live in Ontario.

2. Language

You must be able to understand, read, write and speak in English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher.

To prove that you have the mandatory language skills, you must take an approved English or French language test before you submit your application to this stream.

The test must be no more than two years old at the time you submit your application.

For English tests, we accept:

  • International English Language Testing (IELTS) (General Training test only)
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) (General test only)

For French tests, we accept:

  • Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF)
  • Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF)

Learn more about the English and French language tests

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3. Residency in Ontario

You must have legally lived in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years before you apply.

4. Settlement funds

You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada.

You can meet this requirement through one or a combination of any of the following:

  1. funds as demonstrated by the balance listed in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed term deposits, mutual funds, etc.
  2. annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario, and/or
  3. a job offer in Ontario

Learn more about the amount of money you must have available in order to apply (see “How much money you will need”).

5. Intention to live in Ontario

You must intend to live and work in Ontario after you’re granted permanent residence. We determine this by examining your ties to Ontario, which can include doing things like:

  • working or have worked in Ontario
  • getting job offers or applying/interviewing for jobs
  • studying
  • volunteering
  • leasing or owning property
  • visiting
  • having professional networks and affiliations, family ties or social or personal relationships
6. Residency at time of application

At the time you apply, you must be either:

  • living in Ontario with legal status (study permit, work permit, visitor record)
  • living outside Canada

You don’t qualify if you’re living in a province or territory in Canada other than Ontario at the time you apply.

7. 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.

8. Application period

You must submit your application within two years of completing the requirements necessary to obtain your master’s or phd degree.

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

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

Important: You must have completed your master’s or phd degree before you submit your application.

Supporting documents

You must provide supporting documents to validate the information in your application and to prove you meet the eligibility criteria.

All supporting documents must be scanned and uploaded in your online application.  Refer to the document checklist for the Masters Graduate Stream or the PhD Graduate Stream  for a list of mandatory documents.

If a supporting document is not in English or French, you must provide a copy of the document and a translation of the document. Please read Document translation and notarization for more information.

Remember if you do not upload all the required documents, your application will be incomplete, and it will be returned.

Cost to apply

Your application fee is $1,500 and covers the cost of processing your application.

You must pay online by credit card. We only accept VISA or MasterCard.

Refunds

We will only refund the fee if we find that your application is incomplete or you withdraw your application before we start processing it.

We will not refund the fee if your application is unsuccessful.

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

Submit an application

If you are using a representative or you are a representative, the submission process is different. Read OINP Representatives for information on how to apply.

  1. Before you start, make sure you meet all the requirements
  2. Have your credit card ready (we accept Visa and MasterCard only)
  3. Have your supporting documents (in English or French) scanned and ready to upload
  4. Read the application instructions (important)

Application instructions

Once you click “Submit an application”:

  1. choose whether you are a returning user or a new applicant
  2. choose the Masters or PhD Graduate Stream
  3. if you are a new applicant, you must pre-register with your name and date of birth (not required if you are already registered)
  4. log into your ONe-key account. If you do not have one, click “Sign up now!”
  5. once you’ve logged into your ONe-key account, you will be sent back to the OINP e-Filing Portal
  6. create a profile in the OINP e-Filing Portal
  7. once you’ve completed your profile, click “Finish” and you will be sent to your main page in the e-Filing Portal
  8. click on the file number beside the Masters or PhD Graduate Stream to begin your application

NOTE: It takes about two 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 your first register.

Submit an application

After you apply

After you (or your representative) submit your application, you will get an email to confirm that we have 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 OINP Application processing times and nominations issued.

Withdrawing your application

To withdraw your application, click on the “Withdraw” button next to your file number on your main page of the OINP e-Filing Portal.

Please note:

We will only refund the application fee if you withdraw your application before we start processing it.

Changes in personal information

You must notify us if there are any changes to the information provided in your application, including (but not limited to) changes in:

  • contact information
  • immigration status (expiration or change in work permit)
  • family composition due to:
    • marriage or common-law relationship
    • birth of a child
    • change of custody of a child
    • divorce/separation
    • death

You can make changes to your telephone number, email address and country of residence by logging into the OINP e-Filing Portal and clicking on “My Profile” on your main page. After the change has been made click “Save”.

For all other changes or to correct a data entry error (e.g., you misspelled your name):

  1. complete and save a Change of Personal Information form
  2. send the completed form by email as an attachment to ontarionominee@ontario.ca
  3. use the subject line “Application Change Notice – [File number]”
  4. if you are requesting a correction to your name or date of birth please also include a copy of the personal details page of your passport to validate your request

Please note:  We will not accept requests to completely change a name or date of birth.

If you do not notify us of changes to your personal information, it could impact the outcome of your application.

If you are nominated

If your application is successful, you will receive a Nomination Approval Letter and an OINP Certificate of Nomination by mail.

Once we notify 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 the OINP Certificate of Nomination.

If you are not nominated

If your application is unsuccessful, we will let you know by email. If you think we made an error in our 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. We will not accept requests by mail, fax or in person.

Refer to the Masters Graduate Stream Application Guide or
the PhD Graduate Stream Application Guide  for more information about what happens after you apply.

Eligible Ontario universities offering Masters programs

To qualify for the Masters Graduate Stream, your master’s degree must be from one of the universities listed below:

  • Algoma University
  • Brescia University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Dominican University College
  • Huron University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
  • King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario College of Art & Design University
  • Queen’s University
  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)
  • St. Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)
  • Trent University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University

Eligible Ontario universities offering PhD programs

To qualify for the PhD Graduate Stream, your PhD degree must be from one of the universities listed below:

  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Dominican University College
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • Queen’s University
  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)
  • St. Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)
  • Trent University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University
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