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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
leasing or owning property
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.
You must provide supporting documents to validate the information in your application and to prove you meet the eligibility criteria.
To withdraw your application, click on the “Withdraw” button next to your file number on your main page of the OINP e-Filing Portal.
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:
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
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):