Update to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
NEW Details on applications submitted under the Ontario Express Entry, Employer Job Offer, and Entrepreneur streams
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is a popular immigration pathway for those wishing to live and work in Ontario. The province has held seven draws for the program in 2020.
The Province of Ontario announced that it will continue to process applications and issue nominations and Notifications of Interest (NOIs) under its Express Entry streams during the coronavirus pandemic.
What OINP Applicants Need to Know
Due to the coronavirus, applicants may experience delays obtaining information from third-parties (e.g. biometrics, medical examinations, etc.). If you are unable to submit a required document due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may continue to submit your application for the OINP.
You should include a detailed explanation letter as to why you are unable to provide any of the required documentation and/or supporting information. The Province will consider this information when reviewing your application. They may then allow additional time to submit the required documentation.
Applications Submitted to the OINP Will be Assessed Upon Confirmation of Employment
In order to be nominated, an applicant must have a job offer for an employment position that has been approved by the OINP. The position must meet all employer and position criteria. This includes demonstrating that the job offer is for a permanent, full-time position that meets minimum program wage criteria (median or low wage).
Employers must also notify the OINP of any change to the application. To facilitate this, the OINP will contact all employers to confirm that job offers/employment positions still meet program criteria (for example, they are permanent, full-time, meet minimum program wage criteria).
Applications will be processed depending on the response given by employers about the status of the employment.
The OINP will continue to process applications if employers indicate that there has been no change in position. If an applicant’s employment has been affected by a temporary layoff, such as an extended start date or reduced hours of work, the application will be held for up to 90 days. If the position has been eliminated or if the employer has terminated the employment, the application will be considered incomplete and the application fee will be refunded.
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