5 Things to Know About the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) – If you have thought about immigrating to Canada, Ontario is one of the best provinces you should think of living in when you move to Canada and this is because the province is home for some of the best cities in Canada and North America like Toronto and Ottawa.
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It is known for to be Canada’s main economic and business hub and it has made a great impact on the Canadian economy making it the wealthiest province in Canada.
It is also seen as one of the most populated provinces in Canada and also North America. Ontario is the best place to be if you want to immigrate to Canada whether for work, living or schooling.
The Canadian government has made immigration easy as it has designed over 100 immigration programs and the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is one program under the Provincial Nominee Programs in Canada.
In this article, we will reveal 5 things you should know about the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) as this will help you in your application process.
5 things you should know about the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
- You don’t need a job offer to be eligible for the program
One sweet thing about the Ontario provincial program is that you don’t need a job offer from an employer in the province to be eligible for the program. Though there is a stream under the OINP that you can go through if you want to immigrate to Ontario as a skilled worker but you don’t have a job offer; you can go through the Human Capital Priorities Stream under the Ontario’s Express Entry.
Let’s look at some of the requirements of the OINP Express Entry- Human Capital Priority Stream:
For you to be eligible for this program:
- You must have a profile on the Express Entry System that is active
- You must meet the work experience requirement for the stream
- You must meet the eligibility requirements for either Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- You must proof that you have a language proficiency level of at least 7 or higher of the Canadian Language Benchmark
- You must have an educational qualification of Bachelor, Masters or Ph.D. degree either from a Canadian University or an equivalent educational qualification after you must have done the Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) test.
- You must proof that you have enough funds to support your start in the province
- You must show that you are willing to stay in the province.
- The OINP has a processing time that is as short as 60 days
The ONIP is a wonderful program you can go through if you want to immigrate to Canada within the shortest period as it can take up to 60 days to process although, it could take about six to eight months to process unlike the normal seventeen to thirty-two months processing time for some immigration programs in Canada.
Let’s look at some of the streams under the program with processing time of about 60 days:
|Average Application Processing Times|
|OINP Stream||Estimated Processing Time|
|Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities||30 – 60 days|
|Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades||30 – 60 days|
|Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker||30 – 60 days|
|Entrepreneur||Expression of Interest (EOI) Assessment: Less than 30 days Applications: Depends on application complexity|
|Masters Graduate||30 – 60 days|
|PhD Graduate||30 – 60 days|
|Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker||30 – 60 days|
|Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills||30 – 60 days|
|Employer Job Offer: International Student||30 – 60 days|
- You can immigrate through the OINP as an International student
If you are international student, you can immigrate to Canada easily and if you have a Masters or Ph.D. degree from a Designated Learning Institute, you can apply for the OINP even if you don’t have a job offer.
You cannot apply for the OINP before you finish your degree program and within two years from the date you complete your degree program, you can submit your application.
The OINP’s International Graduate Stream application fee is about $1,500 and you are required to have settlement funds that will support your stay in Canada while you look for a full-time job in Canada.
You should know that it is easier for international students to get jobs in Canada and also in Ontario as there are a lot of job opportunities in the provinces and it is looking to fill up labour shortages to enhance growth and development.
If your application is successful, you will receive a provincial nomination from the province and from here, you can apply for permanent residency in Canada as a nomination for the province will increase your chances of getting permanent residency in Canada.
Let’s look at some of the requirements for the OINP Graduate Streams:
The OINP’s Master Graduate Stream
To apply for the Master Graduate Stream under the OINP:
- You must complete a full-time study program that lasted for at least one year to get a master’s degree
- You must apply within two years of obtaining the Master’s degree
- You must have graduated from a Designated Learning Institution in Ontario
- You must show language proficiency of at least 7 or higher in the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in either of the Canadian languages (English and French)
- You must have a legal status in Canada
- You must intend to live and work in Ontario
- You must reside in Ontario for at least 12 months in the last two years
- You must show proof of sufficient funds to help you settle in Canada
You should also know that if you have a job offer from an employer in the province, you wouldn’t need to show proof of sufficient funds as having the job offer shows you meet the requirement of living and working in the province.
The OINP’s Ph.D. Graduate Stream
To apply for the Ph.D. Graduate Stream under the OINP:
- You must graduate from a two-years Ph.D. program from a Designated Learning Institution in Ontario
- You must live in the province for at least one year in the last two years before applying
- You must apply within two years of completing your Ph.D. program
- You must intend to live and work in Ontario
- You must have enough funds to settle in Canada
- You must have Temporary Residence Status in Canada
- The minimum CRS score for OINP is 400 points
The Human Capital Priorities Stream is one program under the OINP Express Entry and you will need to get the 67 points first to be eligible to apply for the program and after that, you can then create a profile in the Express Entry System filling some factors that will be used to give you a score (point) to be ranked in a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
The minimum CRS score for the OINP is 400 points unlike the normal 700 to 800 points.
The OINP’s Human Capital Priorities Stream
This is the main stream of the OINP and this is because it has done well in bringing a large number of skilled immigrants to live and work in the province. In the stream, you are expected to have an active Express Entry Profile and having a linked with the Express Entry System has made it the most popular Ontario Provincial Nomination Program.
The sweet thing about the program is that you can apply directly to the stream or even make an Expression of Interest which will increase your chances of getting a Notification of Interest (NOI).
- You get a lot of job opportunities in Ontario
Let’s look at some of the occupations that are in demand in Ontario and these occupations are under the Express Entry Federal Skilled Trades Workers Stream.
|Express Entry Federal Skilled Trades Workers Stream|
|NOC Code||Eligible Occupations|
|8221||Supervisors, mining and quarrying|
|7312||Heavy-duty equipment mechanics|
|8211||Supervisors, logging and forestry|
|7331||Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics|
|7373||Water well drillers|
|8261||Fishing masters and officers|
Immigrating to Canada is sweet but living and working in Ontario is sweeter and so you shouldn’t think twice about where you should move to when you immigrate to Canada as Ontario holds better opportunities for you with better standard of living and well-paying jobs.
Make sure you go through a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant to help make your application process easier and faster as they will enlighten and guide you on how to go about immigrating to Canada and the best program that you are eligible for.