The most popular destination for immigrants around the world, Ontario is the economic, social, and political centre of Canada. It is the most populated province in Canada and home to Ottawa, the capital of Canada and Toronto, the largest city in Canada. If you are a desiring immigrant, Ontario PNP is your key to live and permanently work in Canada. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) chooses prospective immigrants on the basis of their skills and experience who may receive an Ontario Provincial Nomination Certificate which will let them apply for permanent residency.
As per the competitors, OINP has a faster application process as compared to other Canadian immigration classes.
There are four major categories through which Ontario PNP accepts immigration applications:
Ontario PNP Eligibility and Criteria
Before you can apply for any of the above programs, you should fulfill all the eligibility criteria and requirements to get permanent residency in Ontario:
1. Ontario Express Entry
Ontario Express Entry Program aligns with the federal government's Express Entry System and aims at nominating potential candidates who can contribute to the economy of Canada. Those candidates are considered to be potential whose skills, experience, and qualifications related to the occupation are in demand in the province of Ontario.
It is further divided into two categories:
Human Capital Priorities Stream:
For those who want to permanently live and work in Ontario and have required skills, qualifications, and other characteristics to help them establish and integrate into Ontario's labour market and communities can apply through Human Capital Priorities Stream.
As per the competitors, the seats in this program are very limited. OINP only nominates those potential candidates who have qualified Citizenship and Immigration's (CIC) Express Entry Pool.
Once your application is picked from Express Entry Pool, you will be sent a Notification of Interest (NOI) after which you will have only 45 days to apply under OINP Human Capital Priorities Stream.
There are certain eligibility criteria one must fulfil to apply under the program:
French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
Aligned with Canada's Express Entry System, OINP French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream enables prospective French-speaking candidates to move to Ontario.
The potential immigrants will receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program after which they will have to apply within 30 days under this program.
Eligibility criteria for this program:
2. International Students Category
This program has been designed for the foreign students who have been studying in Canada to apply for permanent residency in Ontario. It is further categorized into 3 streams
International students with Job Offer Stream
This program has been designed to assist Ontario employers to offer international students with employment opportunities in the province. There are certain requirements need to be fulfilled to apply through this program:
International Master Graduate Stream
OINP Master Graduate Stream is a pilot program which only accepts 1000 applications at the moment. Students who seek to apply through this program may not need a job offer but they should meet the following eligibility criteria:
International PhD Stream
Students who have been granted PhD degrees from any of the publicly funded universities in Ontario can apply through this program. They may not need a job offer but they should meet certain requirements and eligibility criteria:
International Student With A Job Offer Stream
This program has been launched to provide international students with employment opportunities in Ontario. There are certain requirements which need to be fulfilled to apply under this stream:
3. Ontario Corporate Stream
Established in fall 2015, this program was launched to help and support international corporates to start or buy a business in the province. The important employees of the foreign corporation will be nominated for permanent residency through OINP Corporate Stream once the business is fully set-up in the province. There are key requirements that international corporate must fulfill in order to participate. Before being nominated for OINP, the key employees can obtain a two-year work permit through CIC (Citizen and Immigration Canada)
4. Ontario Entrepreneur Stream
Launched in 2015, this stream has been devised to help foreign entrepreneurs to buy or create a brand new company in the Ontario province. The entrepreneurs can be nominated through OINP Entrepreneur Stream once their business has been established.
The entrepreneur must hold and control 33.3% of equity share in the endeavour to be applicable for OINP Entrepreneur Stream. The viability of the business plan will be assessed by the Immigration Ontario officials as part of the applicant process. There are other various eligibility requirements which need to be fulfilled by the desiring candidate.
At Signature Visa, we are experienced immigration consultants providing full support to candidates who wish to apply for Ontario PNP. With an extensive knowledge of immigration laws, regulations and policies for immigrating to Canada, we guide you properly right from the start of your journey so that you do not make mistakes which may bring an unfortunate outcome such as refusal or rejection.