The most attractive destination for immigrants aspiring to settle in Canada is…? Which one if not Ontario. It is a metropolitan city being the house for two of the most flabbergasting cities in Canada, Toronto and Ottawa, in which Ottawa is the capital of Canada.
The major factors why Canada is being the magnet that attracts immigrants are the metropolitan and multicultural aura, ample job opportunities, and growing economy.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Akin to other Provincial Nominee Programs, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program is for Ontario to nominate the candidates with skills and qualification that are most needed in the labour market of Ontario for obtaining permanent residence in Canada. OINP has 3 main categories below it. Human Capital, Employer Job Offer and Business. Each of these categories has various streams that target specific immigrant groups.
Human Capital Category
This is a category driven by skills under which candidates who have relevant skills, education and work experience to contribute to enhancing the economy and labour market of the province. This category has 3 express entry streams and 2 international student streams under it.
- Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream
- Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream
- Express Entry Skilled Trades Stream
- Masters Graduate Stream
- PhD Graduate Stream
The first 3 are the passive streams in which candidates can’t directly under these streams but can apply when they are invited by Ontario. Also, to apply under this category, the candidates need to qualify either under Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC). Meanwhile, to qualify under the 2 international student streams, the candidates must have studied in Ontario and graduated under an eligible program.
Employer Job Offer Category
Candidates with full-time, intermediate job offer and support of the employer in Ontario can apply under this category. The Streams under this category include,
- Foreigner Worker Stream
- International Student Stream
- In-Demand Skills Streams
Also, Ontario is actuating the regional immigration pilot program under the employer job offer category.
Candidates with a successful business background are targeted in the Ontario business immigration category. The Ontario Entrepreneur Stream focuses on capturing individuals from outside Canada who want to start a business or buy an active business in Ontario.
OINP draws are periodically conducted and the Notification of Interest is issued to every eligible and qualified candidate in the Express Entry pool after which they can apply for provincial nomination under the express entry streams.
Successfully obtaining provincial nomination will get the respective candidate an add on of 600 points to the CRS score. This increases the probability of getting a permanent residence visa in Canada in the very next express entry draw or the subsequent draws.
OINP takes 60 to 90 days usually to complete the processing. The non-Express Entry provincial applications generally take 15 to 19 months at the Federal level but for express entry, it’s 6 months on average.
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