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September 21 OINP draw

Ontario invites 995 candidates for PR in September 21 OINP draw

September 21 OINP draw. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 995 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent resident nominations.

OINP invited candidates in two OINP Employer Job Offer streams. The September 21 OINP draw invited 406 candidates in the Foreign Worker Stream. These candidates needed a score of at least 37 in the Expression of Interest (EOI system. The draw also issued 523 invitations to candidates in the International Student Stream. The minimum EOI score for that group is 61 points.

The September 21 OINP draw also issued 66 invitations to immigration candidates in the Regional Immigration Pilot. It issued 36 of these to foreign workers, and 30 to international students.

Eligibility requirements for Foreign Worker stream

This category is open to foreign nationals with eligible job offer in Ontario. Candidates may apply from outside Canada if they meet the eligibility requirements.

The requirements include:

Register in Expression of Interest (EOI system if you and your employer meet these requirements.

When you register, you will need to attest that:

  • you have the qualifications set out in your expression of interest
  • and you meet all relevant eligibility criteria

Note that you have to submit a signed copy of the Attestation Form if you are invited to apply.

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.

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. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee you an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw.