Ontario invites 138 international students for PR in May 18 OINP draw - Canada Visa & Immigration
May 18 OINP draw

Ontario invites 138 international students for PR in May 18 OINP draw

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In the May 18 OINP draw the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) issued the second ever invitations to apply under its newly launched Expression of Interest (EOI system. Invitations went to 138 international students through the Employer Job Offer: International Student stream. The minimum score was 77.

The May 18 OINP draw was a general draw, meaning no specific occupations or other criteria were required.

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Note: Receiving a notification of interest does not mean that you qualify for one of OINP streams. After you receive a notification of interest, you may submit an online application for nomination to the OINP if you qualify under the Ontario Express Entry stream for which your notification of interest was issued.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Candidates invited in the May 18 OINP draw must submit their applications within 45 calendar days of receiving the notification of interest.

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The Ontario EOI system manages application intake for the following streams:

How do I register for OINP Expression of Interest?

  • create a profile in the OINP e-Filing Portal
  • read the applicant requirements for your stream and ensure that you are eligible
  • register an expression of interest for one or more streams

The information you provide in your expression of interest must be accurate at the time you register or update your expression of interest.

You can only register one expression of interest per OINP stream at any given time.

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Eligibility requirements for International Student Stream

To qualify under this stream, applicants must have:

  • A permanent and full-time job offer under NOC 0, A or B that meets low wage levels for Ontario, and in a position that is necessary to the business;
    • For those already working in the position, the proposed wage must be equal or greater than the current wage being paid
  • Either
    • Graduated or met requirements of a full-time minimum two-year degree from a publicly-funded Canadian college or university; OR
    • Graduated or met requirements of a full-time minimum one-year post-graduate diploma program from a publicly-funded Canadian college or university.
  • Completed at least half the studies in Canada;
  • Apply within two years from the date you completed the above course
  • Legal status in Ontario
  • Intention to settle in Ontario.

How does OINP nomination help your Canada immigration application?

Applying for a provincial nomination is not the same as applying for Canadian permanent residence. Rather a nomination effectively means the province is guaranteeing that the federal government will issue you an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in one of its Express Entry draws.

Candidates who received OINP nomination get an additional 600 points toward their federal Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee that the candidate will receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw. This is why candidates with lower CRS scores often seek a PNP nomination because the extra 600 points is more than enough to guarantee an invitation in any Express Entry draw.

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How does the federal Express Entry immigration system work?

In order to enter the federal Express Entry pool, candidates must first create an Express Entry profile. You must meet the eligibility requirements for one of the three federal government economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Class; the Federal Skilled Trades Class; and the Canadian Experience Class.

A job offer is not required to enter or be selected from the Express Entry pool although additional CRS points are awarded to those who already have a job.

Based on the information you entered in your federal Express Entry profile you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score and placed into a pool of other candidates ranked. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.

A limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence. IRCC issues ITAs through regular federal Express Entry draws which typically take place every two weeks.

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Your 600 points from the provincial nomination gives you 50% of the possible ,1200 CRS points available in any draw. Virtually all nominated candidates find it easy to acquire the remaining points for a draw’s cut-off score from their core human capital.

IRCC will issue qualified candidates from the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After your application is approved and you complete the landing process, you will officially become a Canadian permanent resident.


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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.