Recently, the province of Ontario introduced a new Expression of Interest system for the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP). The Expression of Interest system is a points-based registration system that helps the province select skilled economic immigrants to meet the province’s labour market needs.
The OINP used to open their web portal to accept registrations for only a few minutes at a time before they would become full with interested applicants. This made it difficult for candidates to register.
The new system was initiated to strategically manage intake into the OINP. It will increase the OINP’s labour market responsiveness and help better respond to regional labour market needs by identifying qualified candidates to meet job shortages in different areas of the province.
Expression of interest systems are used by most other Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) and they typically require people to submit a resume with their work experience, education and, other information. The top-scoring candidates then receive a provincial nomination for permanent residence and they can then begin the application process.
Points will be awarded based on the following qualifications:
Level and field of education
Where they completed their studies
Proficiency in English or French
Plans to live in Toronto or the Ontario region
Skill and work experience level, earnings history, other factors relevant to prospects in the Ontario job market
The labour market needs in the province or region of the province
The new Expression of Interest system will apply to several OINP streams, including the Employer Job Offer Category streams (i.e. Foreign Worker, International Student and In-Demand Skills), Masters Graduate stream, and Ph.D. Graduate stream. These streams are currently closed to new applicants but they will open when this new system launches in the coming weeks.
It’s important to note that by registering, the candidate is only expressing an interest to apply to the OINP. It is not considered an application to the OINP (for permanent residence). Once the candidate receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA), they can apply for Permanent Residence through the OINP.
If you’re interested in applying for Permanent Residence through the OINP, now is the time to determine whether or not you are eligible. The Expression of Interest system will open in the coming weeks. Ensure that you’re ready to submit your interest for the program in time.
Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.
We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.