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Ontario Holds First International Student Stream Draw

Ontario province invited 138 international students to apply for a provincial nomination on May 18.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited immigration candidates who had valid profiles in the new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool.

These candidates are eligible for the Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream.

In order to be invited to the international student stream draw, candidates needed an EOI score of at least Seventy-seven. They also needed to have job offers in Ontario province.

About the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream Draw

The Ontario International Student Stream under the Employer Job Offer category is available to foreign individuals who have an eligible job offer from an employer in the province of Ontario.

You can apply from outside Canada, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.

To qualify you to need to have completed a program at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution, have an eligible job offer in the province, and intend to immigrate to the province, among other criteria.

If you want to apply for this Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs), you have to register an Expression of interest profile on the Ontario website.

After registering your profile, it will go into the Expression of interest pool. Ontario will give you a score based on the information you submitted.

You obtain points based on the skill level of your job offer and work experience, as well as your education, wage, official language ability, the region in which you worked or studied, and other factors.

How do you acquire points for Ontario immigration?

Ontario ranks Expression of Interest profiles based on a number of human capital factors that Ontario has decided will be important in choosing immigrants with the potential to thrive.

You acquire points for the skill level of your job offer as well as your Canadian work experience.

Ontario uses the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to assign points.

The OINP scoring system differs depending on which stream you apply for.

Other than skill level and work experience, it also takes into account your education, wage, official language ability, and the region in which you worked or studied.

The province also allocates ten points at its discretion to respond to labor market needs.

How to Apply for The international student stream?

To apply to the OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream, candidates must follow these five steps:

Step One: Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

The International Student stream uses a points-based ranking system to invite the top-ranked candidates to apply.

In order to be considered for an invitation to apply (ITA), you should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) using the OINP e-Filing Portal.

After submitting an EOI, you will receive a score based on the OINP EOI Selection System.

Step Two: Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

Periodically, the OINP will hold a draw for candidates. In these draws, invitations will be sent out to candidates who have lodged EOIs and received a certain threshold of points.

Step Three: Submit an application for provincial nomination

Once you receive an invitation to apply (ITA), you are given fourteen calendar days to lodge an application.

These applications can be submitted electronically using a ONe-key account.

Applications require detailed personal information and extensive supporting documentation — ensure you are ready if you receive an ITA.

Step Four: Receive a provincial nomination

The processing time varies for OINP applications.

Generally, an application will be processed somewhere between 30 and 150 days.

If an application is approved, the applicant receives a formal provincial nomination from Ontario province.

Step Five: Submit a federal application for permanent resident status

With a provincial nomination, you are qualified to submit an application to the Canadian government for permanent resident status.

Notably, the Employer Job Offer streams are not linked with Canada’s Express Entry system — this means that the application process takes a longer period.

You should be prepared to wait for at least one year for applications to be processed.