Ontario is the most populated province in Canada, and nearly half population of Canadians live there. Ontario also has the capital city, Ottawa, and the biggest city, Toronto. Ontario is the heart of Canada’s economy, government, and culture. Ontario is a hub of immigrants, welcoming 1/3 of the immigrants for its high income, diverse population, and job opportunities. International workers, students and others with the right skills, experience and education can migrate to Ontario by applying to the OINP for a nomination.
Ontario’s immigration program is the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Choosing this program offers benefits for many who haven’t had the chance to be selected in the Express Entry draws. Through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, people with the skills and experience can apply to be nominated by Ontario to become permanent residents of Canada.
The OINP nominates skilled immigrants for permanent residence. The Canadian government makes the final decision to approve applications for permanent residence. The OINP’s main goal is to address skill shortages in targeted areas, make it easier for companies to invest in Ontario, and help newcomers integrate well into the province.
The CRS (Canadian Ranking System) is a point score given to candidates based on their academic and work experience. Then the highest-scored candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence.
People with a nomination from a program enhanced get 600 extra points, which basically means they get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence. They also get their nomination through Express Entry.
If you’ve decided to apply through OINP, then you’ve three categories to choose from:
- Human Capital Category;
- Employer Job Offer Category;
- Business Category.
The Human Capital Category is for skilled workers, French-speaking skilled workers, and tradespeople. It’s for international grads with a Master’s or PhD from an Ontario university. You don’t need a job offer to apply through this category. The Employer Job Offer Category is for candidates who have a job offer from an employer in Ontario willing to nominate them.
Under these 3 basic streams, there around 9 sub-streams:
If you have a job offer in Ontario, these are the streams you can apply for through the OINP. To get in, you need to register your interest and get an invite to apply.
Foreign Worker stream
Apply for the Foreign Worker stream if you’re a skilled foreign worker with a job offer in Ontario.
International Student stream
If you’re a recent graduate with a job offer in Ontario, apply for the Employer Job Offer: International Student stream.
In-Demand Skills stream
If you’re a foreign worker in an in-demand occupation with a job offer in Ontario, apply for the Employer Job Offer: In Demand Skills stream.
If you have a Masters or PhD from an Ontario university, then the following streams are part of the OINP’s Expression of Interest System. You have to fill out an expression of interest and get invited to apply if you want to qualify.
Masters Graduate stream
Apply to the Masters Graduate stream if you have a masters from an Ontario university.
PhD Graduate stream
Apply for the PhD stream if you have a PhD from an Ontario university.
Ontario employers want to hire people with the skills and experience they need. Below are the streams that operate through the federal government’s Express Entry System. If you have an Express Entry profile and receive an invitation to migrate to Ontario, you can qualify.
Human Capital Priorities stream
Apply for the Human Capital Priorities stream if you have the required work experience, education and language abilities
Skilled Trades stream
If you’re a foreign worker with Ontario work experience in an eligible skilled trade, you can apply for the Skilled Trades stream.
French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream
If you’re a French-speaking foreign worker with strong English language abilities, apply for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream.
Entrepreneurs can apply to the Entrepreneur stream, because you’ll be able to migrate to Ontario and start or buy a business here. This stream operates on an Expression of Interest request. To get a visa, you need to register your interest and get an invitation to apply.
The Business Immigration team helps employers find talent solutions with immigration. We help businesses get through the immigration system to meet labor needs, keep international students and to speed up the process of getting skilled workers
As a designated referral partner under Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, OINP business services can help innovative companies scale up or make significant investments in Ontario. We help businesses get expedited work permits and LMIA’s for their highly skilled talent needs.
From these 9 streams, you check your eligibility, fill out the form for it, and wait until the approval. The Canadian immigration follows strict deadlines and one has to keep up with this while processing the application.
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