How Ontario Nominated International Graduates To Apply For Canada PR

ontario holds first international student stream

The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) held a new nomination draw on May 18 inviting among the registered candidates in the new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool. 


All the 138 invited candidates qualify to apply for provincial nomination under the Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream. They are those candidates who have recently graduated from any Canadian Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs). 

Previously, OINP held its first ‘base’ draw on May 11 following the new intake system. It resulted in 81 candidates with work experience in one of 23 occupations including healthcare workers and skilled trades workers. 

International students not just contribute to the local economy but also serve as a large pool of highly educated people. Statistics Canada has captured how well Canada has done to tap this pool by providing easy permanent residence options. 

We saw over 30% of international students who got Canadian bachelor’s degrees and almost 50% of international students who graduated with master’s degrees became permanent residents within 10 years after they got their first study permit.

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New EOI-based Immigration Intake 

Following the introduction of the ‘two-step immigration’ system, all the 81 invited candidates were selected from the new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool. 

To begin your process of qualifying for OINP draws, interested candidates must register their EOI profiles. Upon registration, their profiles will be evaluated and ranked on factors like job skill level, total work experience, education, proficiency in English or French. Study or work experience inside Canada can fetch you additional points.

The invited candidates in the May 18 ‘base’ stream draw required a qualifying EOI score of at least 77. Further, any foreign applicant can qualify under the International Student stream provided: 

  • They have job offers in Ontario before applying. 
  • They must have completed any study program at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI). 
  • They must demonstrate intent to settle permanently in the province. 

On successfully receiving a provincial nomination, candidates are open to apply for permanent residency with the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). 

It is equally interesting to note that the scoring system under the OINP is different for each nomination stream. Other than skill level and work experience, factors like wage, education, language proficiency, and the region in which you study or work will determine your overall provincial score. Additionally, OINP is at its discretion to allow up to 10 points to respond to labour market needs.

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