Ontario opened and closed applications to the Masters Graduate stream under twenty-four (24) hours. The registration to apply to this stream is currently based on a rush-seating format. Applications will not be reopened until further notice.
The Ontario Immigration department opened applications to the Masters Graduate stream. International students who graduated from a designated Ontario university may be qualified to apply for this Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
Ontario immigration department did not say exactly when the applications would open in the media release. But, they did say that interested candidates must access the OINP e-Filing Portal directly from the Masters Graduate stream webpage. Click on ‘Submit an application” using a desktop computer or laptop device, as tablets and cell phones are not supported by the system.
The OINP expected a large number of users to apply, which caused people to be placed in a priority queue. This was not a technical error, and it was not necessary to call the program.
The system automatically shuts down once the intake limit was met.
Those who successfully register during the opening window received a confirmation email from the OINP portal within three (3) business days, which contained the registrant’s file number. Registrants have fourteen (14) days to submit the application for the PNP.
It took about two hours to complete the applications, and it does not have to be done all at once. It is possible to save work and return later.
It costs $1,500 to apply and the OINP accepts Mastercard or Visa. All supporting documents must be in English or French, properly scanned, and ready to upload when registrants are filling out the application.
The correct format to enter a date of birth is DD/MM/YYYY. Ontario immigration says that it is “important the information is entered correctly” as they do not accept complete changes to the date of birth.
Who is eligible for the Master’s Graduate stream?
No job offer is required to apply for this PNP, nor is it necessary to be living in Canada at the time of the application. Qualified candidates must have completed the requirements for a master’s degree from a designated Ontario learning institution.
A few of the other basic eligibility requirements include:
- French or English language skills that are at least a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of Seven (7) in all abilities;
- applicants must have stayed in Ontario for at least one year;
- settlement funds calculated on family size and annual earning;
- intention to settle in Ontario; and
- other eligibility requirements.
The Master’s Graduate stream is one of the streams that will be changing to an Expression of Interest system. The process of transforming from a first-come-first-served application system starts with public consultation. Ontario expects the new system to be launched in 2021.