Ontario invited some 1,493 international graduates and workers in five PNP draws held February 28 and March 1, 2022 to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) allows foreign workers, international students and others to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence. Prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province of Ontario may receive an Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate (OPNC). The nomination will allow the candidate to apply for Canadian permanent residence with processing times that may be faster than other Canadian immigration classes.
On February 28, OINP invited 173 immigration candidates who may be eligible for the PhD Graduate stream. To be eligible, candidates needed a minimum Expression of Interest (EOI) score of at least 16.
In order to be considered for the Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate stream, candidates need to sign up with Ontario’s e-Filing Portal then register an expression of interest for their chosen graduate stream.
Ontario then invites eligible candidates to apply for a provincial nomination to become PR.
It is not necessary to have a job offer to apply, but applications must be submitted within two years of graduation.
The Ontario International Student Stream is open to foreign nationals who have an eligible job offer from an employer in Ontario. You do not necessarily have to apply from within Canada, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.
To receive an invitation to apply for this program, you have to register an EOI profile on the Ontario’s e-Filing Portal.
The Ontario Foreign Worker Stream is open to foreign nationals who have an eligible job offer from an employer in Ontario. Candidates do not necessarily have to apply from within Canada, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements.
To be eligible, you need among others two years of work experience in a skilled occupation, an eligible job offer in Ontario, and intend to locate in the province.
You have to register an EOI profile on the Ontario’s e-Filing Portal.
Ontario PNP draw results February 28 and March 1, 2022
|PNP stream||Minimum score||# of invitations|
|International Student *targeted occupations||42||215|
OINP and the Federal Express Entry immigration system
Canadian provinces do not have the ability to give out permanent residency status. However, they can nominate your for PR if you have a profile in the federal Express Entry immigration system.
Express Entry is the application system that Canada uses to manage skilled worker applications. It is also the most popular way to immigrate to Canada. You can receive a permanent residence invitation by applying through Express Entry directly and skipping the PNP process. However, having a provincial nomination effectively guarantees that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite you to apply for Canadian permanent residence in any of its Express Entry draws.
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 receive provincial nomination get an additional 600 points for Express Entry Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. A total of 1,200 points is available under Express Entry. You immediately get 600 points if you are nominated by a province. See Provincial Immigrant Nomination Programs (PNPs).
The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee you an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw.
For example, Aisha has a bachelor’s degree. She’s been working in food sciences for five years. Aisha has never worked or studied in Canada. She has an advanced English language proficiency.
Aisha entered the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 370. However, she recently obtained a provincial nomination through OINP. As a result IRCC awards her additional 600 points.
Consequently, Aisha’s total CRS score jumps to 970 points! This is well above the minimum CRS score required for Aisha to get an ITA in any Express Entry draw.
IRCC will issue qualified PNP candidates in the Express Entry pool an invitation to apply for permanent residence. After IRCC approves your application you complete the landing process, and officially become a Canadian permanent resident.