ONTARIO HAS RESUMED ACCEPTING NEW APPLICATIONS
Ontario is continuing to help businesses attract the talented people they need to compete globally by accepting more skilled newcomers than ever before through its successful Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
Recognizing the success of the OINP and its importance to Ontario’s economy, the federal government has increased the province’s 2017 allocation by 500 nominees to a total of 6,000. Through the OINP, Ontario is able to nominate people for permanent resident status. Nominees include skilled workers, international students, experienced entrepreneurs, and key staff of established foreign corporations seeking to expand into Ontario.
On February 21, 2017 the OINP opened applications for its three highest-volume streams – the International Masters Graduate Stream, the International PhD Graduate Stream, and the Ontario Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream. It has also continued to accept applications under the Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.
The quota allocated to the first two above-mentioned streams had been completed in a matter of days. The streams will re-open after May 1st 2017. To ensure processing efficiency and quality customer service, the OINP is monitoring the volume of applications to the International Masters Graduate, International PhD Graduate, and Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities streams throughout the year. These streams will be paused and reopened periodically until the province’s 2017 federal allocation is fulfilled. Stakeholders will be informed when streams are temporarily paused and reopened via the OINP Updates page.
As regards the streams connected to the federal Express Entry system, a nomination by the Province of Ontario will bring to each candidate a plus of 600 points that guarantees the issuance of an Invitation to Apply (ITA) at the very next round of invitations.
The OINP has also modernizing its application process this year with a new, paperless online system, which will speed up the application process, improve customer service, and help employers find the skilled workers they need sooner.