International Masters and PhD Graduate Streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) reach intake limit within days of reopening. Both streams are scheduled to reopen to receive more applications within three months.
In a move that has been eagerly awaited by international graduates who have studied in the province, Ontario reopened two of its popular streams for graduates on February 21, 2017. The International Masters Graduate and International PhD Graduate Streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offer a route to permanent residence for eligible graduates. In a testament to the popularity of these options, both streams reached their intake limit within days of reopening.
This represents the first time since May 9, 2016, that the OINP began accepting applications through these streams, which are two of the most popular streams under the OINP. A job offer is not required for either stream, nor is work experience. Rather, eligible graduates from any Masters or PhD program at a publicly-funded Ontario university may apply. For the first time, the application process is online — a move the OINP expects will “improve customer service, help improve processing times and make it easier to apply.”
Successful applicants will receive a provincial nomination certificate from Ontario, with which they may apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.
A further stream of the OINP that targets international students, the International Graduate with a Job Offer Stream, remains open.
A third popular immigration stream, the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, was also reopened on February 21. Learn more about this immigration option with this comprehensive article on CICNews.
International Masters Graduate Stream Reaches Intake Limit
Both streams proved so popular that the intake limits were reached within three days. On February 23, the OINP announced that no new registrations may be submitted for the Masters stream. The next day, the same update was provided for the PhD stream. However, the OINP also stated that it will resume accepting applications for both streams within the next three months, and that a likely date for the reopening of the streams will be announced on May 1. Furthermore, candidates who have successfully created a registration for either stream and who have received a confirmation number may continue to complete their application.
Eligibility Requirements for International Graduates
While candidates to the two streams are not required to obtain work experience or a job offer, further eligibility requirements are in place. Candidates for both programs must intend to live and work in Ontario, and must submit their application within two years of receiving the Masters Degree or PhD.
For the first time, candidates to the International Masters Graduate Stream are not required to be residing in Ontario at the time of application, as was previously the case. Candidates residing in Ontario or outside Canada may apply; however, candidates residing in Canada but outside Ontario are not eligible to apply.
Moreover, there are certain requirements applicable to eligible study programs. International Masters Graduate candidates are required to have graduated from an existing Masters full-time program of at least one year in length at an eligible publicly funded university in Ontario.
In addition, International Masters Graduate candidates are required to demonstrate the following:
- Adequate intermediate proficiency level in English or French of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies (speaking, reading, writing, and listening);
- A minimum level of savings and/or income in order to support themselves and their dependants; and
- Residence in Ontario for at least 12 cumulative months in the 24 months before submitting an application.
International PhD Graduate candidates are required to have successfully completed all PhD program requirements at an eligible publicly-funded university in Ontario — at least two years of PhD study must have been completed at the Ontario university. There are no residence requirements for candidates to the International PhD Graduate stream; these individuals may submit an application from anywhere in the world.
Studying in Ontario
Ontario is Canada’s most popular study destination, and offers enticing options for permanent immigration to its graduates. Institutions in Ontario are renowned worldwide for the quality of their teaching and research. Moreover, many international students at colleges and universities in Ontario have access to well-developed co-op programs and internships, allowing them to gain work experience and make connections in the Ontario labour market before graduation.
The provincial and federal governments have recently made significant investments in a number of Ontario’s higher educational institutions, allowing these universities and colleges to continue developing cutting-edge research and teaching facilities in relevant industries such as science and technology.
Ontario’s labour market is heavily weighted towards the services-producing sector, meaning graduates of post-secondary degree programs may find many employment opportunities in this thriving knowledge economy. The Professional, scientific and technical services sector is the province’s third-largest employer, followed closely by the Finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing sector.
Learn more about studying in Ontario.
International students and post-graduate workers in Canada can join the CanadaVisa Study Hub to access a range of tools and resources to assist in studying, working, and settling in Canada permanently. Members also get access to the CanadaVisa Scholarship Contest, for a chance to win $2,500.
Learn more about studying in Canada, and explore your options with Canada School Search and School Match Canada.
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