Ontario’s first PNP invitation round for Masters and PhD grads
On August 18, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 479 candidates eligible under the Masters and PhD Graduate streams. This is the first draw of its type since opening these provincial immigration programs in the Expression of Interest (EOI) system.
Why is this good? Because with the new EOI system candidates can submit a profile at any point throughout the year. This helps to ease the transition to permanent residency for recent eligible Ontario graduates. Of course, these candidates need to meet the criteria of these streams first.
August 18th round for Masters and PhD grads:
Ontario invited 402 candidates to apply for the Masters Graduate stream. These candidates needed a minimum score of 39 in order to receive an invitation. For the PhD Graduate stream, Ontario invited 77 candidates with scores of 17 and above.
How do the Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams work?
The Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams give international graduates the opportunity to apply for a nomination from the OINP to permanently live and work in Ontario. You can only apply if you first register an expression of interest and are issued an invitation to apply.
The general requirements for these streams are:
- Be a recent graduate with a Masters or PhD degree from an eligible Ontario university.
- Have at least one full academic year of a Masters program, or at least two years of PhD studies. Of course, the studies must have been completed in Ontario.
- Candidates eligible under the Masters Graduate stream must demonstrate language proficiency at a minimum CLB 7 in each area of an eligible French or English language exam.
- Applicants must have resided in Ontario for at least one year of the past two years. Masters graduates must also be living in Ontario with legal status at the time of applying.
- You must have enough money to support yourself and your dependent family members when you settle in Canada.
- Candidates applying under the Masters or PhD Graduate streams are not required to have a job offer. However, applicants must demonstrate proof that they have sufficient funds to settle in Ontario.
Please note that this is just a list of general requirements. Both streams have a number of mandatory requirements you must meet before you can apply. If you want to know the requirements in detail, please visit the OINP Website.
What do I do if I meet the requirements?
Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements must submit an Expression of Interest to be ranked on a points-based system. Once candidates submit an EOI, Ontario assigns the profile a score. Then, the OINP holds a draw and invites the highest-ranking profiles to apply for a nomination.
If a candidate receives an invitation to apply for nomination, this person has 14 calendar days to submit an application to the province.
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