Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
Canada’s most populous province is an ideal gateway to immigration aspirants, particularly those seeking to carve career in Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Applicants, who possess right skill set and fulfil demands of employers, can apply through Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) or Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OPNP). Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, and its business and financial bedrock, Toronto, are located in Ontario province. The OINP is managed by the Ontario provincial authorities with the help of Federal Government of Canada through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Key Highlights of OINP —
⦁ Ontario is home of 40% (approximately) Canadians
⦁ The OINP is designed and framed to meet needs of provincial designated employers and labour market
⦁ It nominates candidates having right skill set and those who are willing to work and settle in Canada
⦁ Ample opportunities and growth for prospective applicants seeking to carve career in Quick Service Restaurants, ICT, truck driving, farming, nursing, heavy equipment operation, general administration and so on
⦁ Applications are processed on fast track mode if applicants fulfil all eligibility criteria
⦁ After securing nomination certificate candidates can apply for Canada PR
Young professionals and skilled workers get ample opportunities in various industries (or in-demand occupations) in Ontario such as –
⦁ Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
⦁ Quick Service Restaurant
⦁ Heavy equipment operators
⦁ General administration
⦁ Business management
⦁ Advertising and marketing
⦁ Start up
The OINP has easy to follow steps and is kept on fast track mode, if the applicants meet all eligibility criteria.
The OINP offer a wide range of job profiles that cater to requirements of labour market and meet employment opportunities in the province.
Being a hub of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), the immigration seekers strive to develop career in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, and modern day technology through OINP.
Employers in Ontario directly recruit ideal candidates through OINP. The eligible candidates get a nomination certificate from Ontario province that further makes them eligible to apply for Canadian Permanent Residency (PR).
Eligibility for OINP –
⦁ Secondary education (Class 12)
⦁ Relevant work experience of at least two years
⦁ Language proficiency or minimum five bands each in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening in IELTS (English proficiency test)
⦁ License proof of professional operation in Ontario
⦁ Sufficient funds
⦁ CRS score of 400 or above
Categories under OINP –
The OINP has six pathways in order to be eligible to work and stay in Ontario. The prominent pathways under OINP are –
⦁ General Category – It is the most popular gateway under OINP. Through this visa stream, designated employers hire professionals and skilled workers for jobs that fall under NOC 0, A or B level. For this program, both employer and applicants must submit an application after fulfilling the eligibility criteria.
⦁ International Students Category – This category is apt for international students and young graduates seeking to work and stay in Ontario and nominate themselves for a Canada PR through OINP. Please note that the prospective candidates must have completed education from recognized universities and academic institutes in Ontario. This category has a sub-stream viz International Ph.D. Students Stream. Applicants must submit visa applications within two years after receiving Ph.D. certificate.
⦁ Human Capital Priorities Stream – This gateway selects candidates whose applications are aligned with Express Entry pool. Potential applicants are nominated on basis of core human capital factors such as age, academic credentials, relevant work experience and fulfillment of demands of Ontario’s labour market stream. Please note that candidates have to apply through the Express Entry portal whereas in General Category candidates don’t need to apply through Express Entry stream.
⦁ Ontario Corporate Stream – Started in 2015, this stream serves international corporate seeking to expand business in Ontario. The international corporate can either buy, or take over an existing business entity or corporation, or set up a new one in Ontario. This stream is considered the fastest mode for owners of corporate entities to secure Canada Permanent Residence (PR).
⦁ Ontario Entrepreneur Stream – This program replaced OINP Investor stream in 2015. Under this stream, immigration seekers must buy an existing business entity or establish a new business in Ontario. Please note that if the business is located in Greater Toronto Area (GTA), applicants must invest at least CAD 1,000,000 except business related to ICT or digital media. Also, the business must generate at least 2 permanent full-time jobs for Canadian citizens or permanent residents within 24 months and applicants must have prior experience of at least 3 years in supervisory roles.
⦁ French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream – This stream offer opportunities to candidates who are proficient in French language. Prospective candidates can apply for OINP nomination through this stream after fulfilling all eligibility criteria of Express Entry.
⦁ Candidates must create a valid profile in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC’s) Express Entry system in order to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario province
⦁ Later candidates can apply online to be nominated by the Ontario government for Permanent Residence
⦁ Owners of business entities and international graduates can apply directly to the province
Candidates who meet all eligibility criteria can submit application any time in the year. The visa applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis by the authorities. While applying online, the candidates must keep all supporting documents ready in order to upload in the portal. Incomplete applications invite rejection and application fee is refundable within specific time frame.
Candidates are supposed to submit application within 45 calendar days after receiving Nomination of Interest (NOI) from Ontario province. The provincial authorities inform selected candidates about provincial nomination through One-Key account in the e-Filing Portal.
OINP Processing Time –
Under OINP nomination certificate is generated in six to nine months, if the candidates fulfill all eligibility criteria. However, the processing time of nomination certificate may extend depending on credentials of candidates, case file and documents submitted by candidates.