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Ontario provincial nominee program

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is a unique immigration initiative facilitated by the province of Ontario in partnership with the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The program aims to recognize and nominate individuals for permanent residence who possess the right skills, experience, and education that cater to the economic needs of Ontario​.

The OINP operates through nine distinct streams, each tailored to suit different professional backgrounds and qualifications:

Overview of Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP)

Get ready for an exciting journey with the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), an economic immigration program that attracts foreign workers, international students, and skilled individuals seeking permanent residence. The OINP partners with the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to provide recognition and nomination to talented individuals who can contribute to the Ontario economy. Please note that the Government of Canada has the final say in approving applications for permanent residence. For more information on immigrating to Ontario, check out the Government of Canada's website.

What Is Otario's Expression of Interest?

This introductory section aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program's (OINP) Expression of Interest system, a fundamental part of the immigration process.
The OINP's Expression of Interest system is designed to streamline and manage applications across various streams such as Employer Job Offer, Masters Graduate, PhD Graduate, and the Entrepreneur streams. These streams cater to different categories of applicants, from foreign workers to international students and entrepreneurs. Each stream has unique requirements and processes, which we will delve into in more detail in subsequent sections of this page.

Before applying to any of these streams, you must register an expression of interest. Registering for an expression of interest is not an application for permanent residency but an initial step to inform OINP of your intention to apply. The OINP uses your information to select candidates likely to meet Ontario's economic and labour market needs.

Your expression of interest is valid for up to 12 months, during which you may be invited to apply based on your ranking in the pool of applicants. However, it's important to note that registering an expression of interest does not guarantee an invitation, nor does an invitation guarantee a nomination.

The registration for the expression of interest is free and can be updated at any time during its validity. Once you receive an invitation to apply, you must submit your application within 14 calendar days. Be prepared to provide supporting documents to verify your information and to prove you meet the eligibility criteria.

Each stream has an application fee that varies based on the specific stream and, in some cases, the location of the job offer. The following sections will provide further guidance on each stream's other particular aspects.

Ontario Provincial Nominee Programs That Use Expression of Interest System to Manage Its Applications

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The Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is an incredible opportunity for skilled foreign workers with a valid job offer in Ontario. Designed to support Ontario's economy, this stream allows employers to fill labour market gaps by recruiting skilled workers from abroad who wish to live in Ontario permanently.

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To be eligible for this program, a few crucial requirements must be met:

  1. Job Offer: The applicant must have a valid job offer for a full-time and permanent position from an Ontario employer.

  2. Work Experience: The applicant must have two years of work experience in the same occupation as the job offer within the last five years.

  3. License or Certification: If the job offer is in an occupation that requires a license or certification in Ontario, the applicant must hold the necessary credentials.

  4. Intent: The applicant must intend to live in Ontario.

  5. Legal Status in Canada: If the applicant is applying from within Canada, they must have legal status.

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Once you meet the eligibility criteria, you must register an Expression of Interest (EOI) in the OINP e-Filing Portal. This EOI gathers important information about you, including your level and field of education, language skills, intention to settle outside of the Greater Toronto Area, skill and work experience level, earnings history, and other factors relevant to employment prospects such as a job offer in Ontario or Canadian work experience.

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