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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates for May 2016

Several Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program streams still on TEMPORARY PAUSE

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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Updates for May 2016
Written by Jennifer Aranda.
Updated May 29, 2016 | Canada

Though Canada aims to welcome about 48,000 new permanent residents through the various provincial nominee programs for 2016, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) of Canada placed several "high-volume" streams on temporary pause following changes by the provincial government to “closely align the streams of the OINP with the needs of its labor market. 

Ontario's maximum number of nominations is determined by the federal government Each year, Canada accepts approximately 300,000 immigrants.  Of these, the federal government allowed Ontario to select 5,500 through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) for 2016.  And to date, the province has already received a sufficient number of OINP applications to fill its 5,500 federal allocation for 2016.

In mid-2015, the government of Ontario created two new streams to welcome candidates via a fast-track immigration pathway:  the Human Capital Priorities stream and; the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream

The Human Capital Priorities stream targets foreign skilled workers who have a high chance to settle successfully in Ontario, based on the applicants' work experience, academic credentials, and language skills among others.  Applicants typically must be awarded a minimum of 400 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System to qualify.  You cannot apply directly to this stream however and you will have to receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the OINP. 

Ontario however, stopped sending NOIs for The Human Capital Priorities stream as early as February 16, 2016. 

On May 9, 2016, Ontario again temporarily suspended the acceptance of new applications for the:

  • International Student – Masters Graduate stream
  • International Student – PhD Graduate stream

Other streams of the OINP continue to remain open though and these are:

  • Foreign Worker
  • French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream
  • Corporate stream
  • Entrepreneur stream
  • International Student with a Job Offer

The French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream is Ontario’s other enhanced stream.  To qualify initially to apply under that stream, you must meet the minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level of 7 in French and CLB 6 in English.  You must, of course sit form standardized language tests that are recognized recognised by both the governments of Canada and Ontario.

If you intend to live in Ontario, you should know that in addition to the four categories, there are of course options to live in Ontario through the Federal Skilled Worker and the Canadian Experience Class.  And if you are really interested in applying under the OINP, you can take heart in the fact that the government of Ontario is hopeful that the streams that have been temporarily suspended may reopen anytime soon.

In fact, the question that may be uppermost in your mind is probably this "should I wait for the provinces to finalize their programs before I apply for immigration?"

Canada's provinces are developing their own provincial nominee programs.  Over time, the governments of these provinces will develop their own "enhanced" programs that are aligned with the Express Entry system, that is you may have to wait to be sent a Notice of Interest, similar to the OINP's Human Capital Priorities Stream. Therefore, the earlier you submit your application, the sooner your record will be included in the pool of applicants. And remember, you can only be invited by a province once your name is included in the pool.

About the Author

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer Aranda

Jennifer S. Aranda is the COO of IVC Immigrant Visa Center, Inc.

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