Ontario Issues Provincial Nominations for International Students to Qualify for Canada Permanent Residency

Ontario-invites International Students

The Canadian province of Ontario released details of five consecutive Provincial Nominee Program draws held on February 28 and March 1, 2022. These draw results in about 1,493 invitations to eligible Master’s and Ph.D. graduates, international students with job offers, and workers to apply for a provincial nomination from Ontario and eventually qualify for Canada permanent residency.


Here are the summarised details of the latest Ontario PNP draw results,

PNP stream  Minimum Score Number of invitations
Master’s Graduate 41 238
International Student 72 411
International Student in targeted occupations 42 215
Ph.D. Graduate 16 173
Foreign Worker 39 456

Canada Permanent Residency via Provincial Nominee Program

Issuing invitations for permanent residency is the exclusive domain of the federal government. Provincial nominations for international students may, however, fast-track the total time taken to receive an invitation to apply for Canada Permanent Residency.

Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) invites Express of Interest (EOI) for provincial nominations under various streams such as Human Capital Priorities stream, Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream, Masters Graduate, and Ph.D. Graduate streams, etc. Additionally, it also nominates candidates registered in the federal Express Entry pool.

Ontario ranks EOI profiles based on a number of human capital factors. The OINP scoring system is different for every stream. Other than skill level and work experience, it also takes into account wage, education, official language ability, and the region of study or work.

The province also allocates 10 points at its discretion to respond to labor market needs.

In fact, nominees under Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream or Express Entry Skilled Trades stream or Ontario Tech Draw get preferential treatment to obtain Canada permanent residency. The inclusion of additional 600 CRS points makes the entire process of applying for Canada PR through Canada Express Entry even simpler.

Usually, Ontario PNP draws specify a CRS range between which eligible candidates are invited to apply for provincial nominations. Post the February 22 provincial draw, the Provincial Nominee Program of Ontario allow Express Entry candidates whose CRS score are above the maximum range to apply for the nomination.

Read how Ontario’s Northern Regions All Set To Attract New Immigrants.

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Canada is attempting to achieve the most ambitious immigration target in its history. As of now, Canada is eyeing nearly 1.7 million immigrants to work & settle over the next three years. Over 60 per cent of the target is to be met by economic-class immigration facilitated by the Express Entry system, Provincial Nominee Programs, and other pathways.

Through provincial nominations for international students, interested candidates can qualify for Canada permanent residency in a quick time. Also, noting the present immigration priority of Canada, the country is comfortable at targeting more on-shore candidates to apply for permanent residency. Applying through provincial nominee programs may give you the best deal.

Getting help from a certified immigration consultant like CanApprove may boost your chances of qualifying for immigration. You can also avail of our immigration services like Canada PR services (including help for your Medical Verification documents, Police Clearance Certificate, Proof of Funds documents, and Job Experience supporting document) or language competency training, settlement services, and more.

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