For immigrants across the world, Ontario is a popular landing destination. It is the center of Canada’s economic, social, and political life.
The main aim of the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP) is to respond to skill shortages in targeted areas and welcome skilled workers, corporations, entrepreneurs and international students as permanent residents of the province.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) partners with the OINP Ontario PNP to determine the eligibility.
The OINP nominates individuals who meet requirements for economic immigration, and the IRCC reviews applications and approves the permanent resident visas to the successful applicants.
The focus is on applicants whose ability to fulfill in-demand positions or create business growth makes then eligible to be permanent residents.
There are several options to qualify under this stream so in order to maximize your chances of selection it is important that you select the correct option.
This is for corporate applicants if their businesses have been operational for at least 3 years before applying. They need to create a minimum investment of $5 million and full-time employment for at least 5 Canadians.
Entrepreneur applicants need 3 years of business experience over the past 5 years and must prove a certain net worth and the ability to invest capital into their business.
Businesses need minimum gross annual revenue along with a minimum number of established Canadian workers. Foreign workers, international students and in-demand workers have to prove education, work experience and licensing, when needed.
Masters graduate and PhD graduate streams may apply for Ontario PNP without a job offer through this category.
French-speaking skilled workers, skilled trades workers and human capital priority candidates must have a valid profile in the Express Entry pool, qualify for the Canadian Experience Class or Federal Skilled Worker Program and receive a notification of interest online through the IRCC.
If you are a Masters graduate or a PhD graduate or applying through express entry for skilled trades, it usually take between 30 to 60 days for processing.
Employer job offer categories and express entry for French-speaking workers and human capital programs usually require 60 to 90 days for the application to process.
The Ontario PNP processing time for entrepreneur and corporate streams depends on how complex your application is.
Most Ontario PNP streams require a job offer for skilled workers. However, Masters and PhD graduates may apply successfully without a job offer.
Purchasing or starting a business alone doesn’t automatically qualify for OINP requirements. Other specific criteria need to be met for successful applications.
Even if you have a Masters or PhD, or are working towards one, you’ll need to fulfill requirements beyond education to successfully apply for OINP streams. In some cases, you’ll need a job offer. In other cases, you’ll need to prove financially capable of remaining in Canada without a full-time employment offer.
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