OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program)

Ontario is the most populous province in Canada. Approximately 40 percent of Canadians live in Ontario, and the province is home to Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, as well as Toronto, the country’s largest city and primary business and financial centre. Ontario is the economic, social, and political heartland of Canada, and is by far the most popular destination in Canada for new immigrants from around the world. The best way to immigrate to Ontario is OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) which is aligned with Federal Express Entry Stream.

OINP is divided into 3 parent category:

  1. Employer job offer
  2. Human capital
  3. Business

These categories are further divided into several sub-categories.

Employer job offer Category

 A full time job offer from an Ontario employer is required to be eligible for this stream. This category is divided into 3 sub-categories:

  1. Foreign Worker Stream
  2. International Student Stream
  3. In-Demand Skills Stream

Human Capital Category

This category is divided into 2 sub categories, International Graduate Stream and Ontario Express entry Stream.

  • International Graduate Stream

To qualify under this stream, you must have a graduate degree from an eligible Ontario university and apply within two years of getting your degree. You can apply under 2 sub-categories:

  1. Masters Graduate Stream
  2. PhD Graduate Stream
  • Ontario Express Entry Stream

To be eligible for this steam, you should have an active express entry profile and receive a notification of interest from Ontario. One can get notification of interest under 3 categories:

  1.  French Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
  2. Human Capital Priorities Stream
  3. Skilled Trades Stream

Business category

  1. Entrepreneur Stream

An entrepreneur from outside of Canada looking to start a new business or buy an existing business in Ontario can apply for this category.

How to Apply:

To get a permanent residency under OINP you have to pass through 3 Steps:

Step -1: Check if you qualify

First step is to check if you are eligible for one of the stream. Decide your stream and make your Express profile and select Ontario as one of the destination province.

Step-2:  Apply to be nominated by the Ontario government

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:

  • the employer job offer and human capital streams is either $1,500 or $2,000
  • the business streams is $3,500 per business partner or key staff applicant

Application processing times vary, read Application Processing Times and Nominations Issued for more information.

Step-3:  Apply to the Government of Canada for permanent residence

If your application is successful and you are nominated by the Ontario government, the next step is to apply for permanent residence through IRCC.

Check here for complete Express Entry guide.

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