Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is an immigration program through which Ontario nominates individuals and their families for permanent resident status based on a pre-approved job offer in the province. The Government of Ontario established Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) to help employers succeed in the global competition for talent. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has a target of 5,200 nominations in 2015; this includes nominations for both the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and Ontario Express Entry.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers an opportunity for skilled foreign workers with a job offer to permanently live and work in Ontario. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has a target of 5,200 nominations in 2015.
To be eligible to apply, a foreign worker must have a job offer that meets the following criteria:
- Be an approved permanent, full-time job offer in a highly skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B), and
- Meets the prevailing wage levels in Ontario for that occupation
- Have two years of relevant work experience
- Be residing abroad or residing, working or visiting Canada on a valid work permit, study permit or visitor record
Note 1: Foreign workers already working in the position that OINP approved need to be paid a wage that is equal or greater than the wage approved for that position.
OINP - Human Capital Stream
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program helps employers meet their human resource needs for workers, by enabling them to recruit foreign workers and international students. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program has a target of 5,200 nominations in 2015, this includes nominations for both the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and the Ontario Express Entry.
There are four streams under OINP Human Capital Program:
- Masters Graduates
- PhD Graduates
- Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities
- Ontario Express Entry: French-Speaking Skilled Worker
Refugee claimants with an application to remain in Canada that is pending are not eligible to apply for OINP. A refugee claimant whose claim has been rejected, abandoned or withdrawn must exit Canada prior to applying for OINP. Refugee claimants may only apply to OINP once they have left Canada.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers an opportunity for International Students – Masters Graduates to live and work permanently in Ontario. Prospective nominees applying under the Masters Graduate stream can apply without a job offer and send nominee applications directly to OINP. To be eligible to apply as a Masters Graduate, the applicant must meet the certain criteria.
Note 1: OINP will not accept applications from International Students in their final semester of studies. Applicants must have met all the degree requirements at the time of application.