Masters and Ph.D. International Student Graduates Can Now Apply Through EOI System for an Ontario PNP

Ontario offers easiest way for international students to get provincial nominations.

In recent years, Canada has emerged as the most sought-after destination for international students to migrate and study in Canada. Canadian laws are liberal to offer work permits and eventually permanent residency to recent graduates. 

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In one such instance, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has now extended its new Expression of Interest (EOI) system to its other base provincial streams – Masters Graduate and Ph.D. Graduate streams. 

Ontario graduates with job offers in the province can now register for a chance to get a provincial nomination through two more immigration programs.

Last year, OINP introduced an EOI system to its Employer Job offer Category: In-Demand Skills, International Student, and Foreign Worker streams. 

The latest announcement by OINP is expected to benefit Masters Graduate and Ph.D. Graduate candidate in the province to try out their chance at provincial nomination. They can now enter their profile & interest for nominations in the Ontario system. These profiles are further assessed and ranked on a scoring matrix on factors like education, work experience, and intended destination in Ontario. The highly ranked candidates are nominated in subsequent PNP draws to apply for provincial nominations. 

Profiles are valid in Ontario’s EOI pool for 12 months. 

In the official press release, Ontario meant for “more strategically managing the intake, increase the OINP’s labour market responsiveness, and better respond to regional labour market needs.” through the introduction of a new EOI system. 

What is an Expression of Interest system? 

As for the previous system in Ontario, the “first come, first served” approach has faced much criticism on the grounds that it provides differential access to the less privileged. The criticism is also based on the receipt of applications. It more so often happens that program categories like Employer’s job offer: International student stream, Foreign Worker stream reach its registration limit just hours after opening.

The new EOI system is expected to overcome the present challenges. As a first step, interested applicants will now be placed in a pool. Following this, the individuals will be asked to provide personal and other labour market and human capital information. 

Based on the above information will the candidates be evaluated, scored, and ranked. OINP will review the scores and select profiles above a uniquely determined cut-off score in each EOI draw. 

This shall form the basis of Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence. 

Take this free assessment online to determine your eligibility for provincial nominee programs in Canada.

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