The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)-Ontario is Canada’s most populous province, home to the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and its largest city, Toronto. It is Canada’s leading manufacturing province and abounds in natural resources. However, the largest part of its economy is the services sector, which employs 79% of the province and includes business, financial, professional and technical services, as well as culture and arts.
OINP is the province’s economic immigration program. It works in partnership with the Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Foreign workers, international students and others with the right skills, experience and education apply to the OINP for a nomination.
The OINP recognizes and nominates people for permanent residence who have the skills and experience the Ontario economy needs, and the Government of Canada makes the final decision to approve applications for permanent residence.
There are three ways you may qualify for a nomination:
The employer job offer category has three streams. You must have a full-time and permanent job offer from an Ontario employer to qualify.
The human capital category has two sub-categories, the international graduate streams and Ontario’s Express Entry streams.
To qualify under the Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams, you must have a graduate degree from an eligible Ontario university and apply within two years of getting your degree.
To qualify under Ontario’s Express Entry streams, you must have received a notification of interest from Ontario and have an up-to-date profile with your most current work experience, language tests and education in the federal government’s Express Entry system.
The business category has one stream. You must be an entrepreneur from outside of Canada who is looking to implement a new business idea or buy and grow an existing business in Ontario.
There are three main steps to follow when applying for permanent residence:
Once you’ve selected the stream you would like to apply under, make sure you meet all the mandatory requirements for that stream.
Once you’ve chosen your stream, you must apply online, through the OINP e-Filing Portal. It takes between two to three hours to complete the application.
The application cost for:
Application processing times vary, read application processing times and nominations issued for more information.
If your application is successful and you are nominated by the Ontario government, the next step is to apply for permanent residence through IRCC.
IRCC makes the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.
Contact us for your initial free assessment to find out if you qualify for OINP.