On June 16, 2021, the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) invited 940 candidates from the Expression of Interest system pool to apply for a provincial nomination. The candidates invited may be qualified under one of two Employer Job Offer streams: the Foreign Worker stream or the International Student stream.
569 candidates were invited from the Foreign Worker stream, targeting candidates with a score of 38 and above. The draw was a general draw which means that no specific occupations or locations were targeted.
From the International Student stream, 371 candidates with scores 66 and above were invited to apply.
To date, Ontario has invited 714 candidates who may be eligible for the Foreign Worker Stream. The International Student Stream has seen 667 candidates receive invitations to apply.
What is the Expression of Interest System?
The OINP relies on an expression of interest system to select candidates who may meet the criteria for one of the following streams:
- Employer Job Offer: International Student
- Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker
- Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills
- Masters Graduate
- PhD Graduate
To be considered for one of these streams, you must register an expression of interest to notify the OINP that you wish to be considered and invited to apply.
An expression of interest may provide the OINP with information such as your level of education, language capabilities, skill level and work experience, and the region in which you study or work. The OINP will rely on this information to rank candidates by scores and select those who are likely to meet Ontario’s economic and labour market needs.
The Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
The International Student Stream provides international students who have a job offer in a skilled occupation (Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B) in Ontario the opportunity to be invited to apply for permanent residence. The stream is open to international students who have received education credentials from any recognized Canadian institution, both inside and outside of Canada.
To be eligible, you must have received a two-year degree or diploma OR a one-year degree or diploma that requires a completed degree as an admission requirement form a Canadian Designated Learning Institution.
You must also have an eligible job offer that is full-time and permanent, in a NOC 0, A, or B position and primarily done in Ontario, among other criteria. There are also additional OINP requirements that the employer must meet.
If you want to be considered for the International Student stream, you have to create an Expression of Interest profile. Once your profile has been created, it will enter the Expression of Interest pool where it will be ranked based on your ability to assist with Ontario’s labour market needs.
The Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream
The Foreign Worker stream allows foreign workers who have a job offer in a skilled occupation (Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B) in Ontario the opportunity to be invited to apply for permanent residence. The stream does not require a foreign worker to be inside Canada.
To be eligible under this stream, you must have at least two years of work experience (full-time or the equivalent in paid part-time work) in the same skilled occupation as your job offer. You must also, among other criteria, intend to live in Ontario.
Like the International Student stream, to be considered for the Foreign Worker stream you must abide by the Expression of Interest system by creating an Expression of Interest profile. Your profile will then be entered into the pool with all of the other applicants’ profiles, where it can be considered for the upcoming OINP draws.
Think you might meet the requirements of the International Student stream or the Foreign Worker stream? Confused about your Canadian immigration options?