Pathway for International Students with a Job Offer in Ontario
There is a stream that gives international students the opportunity to permanently live and work in Ontario. That stream is the OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student stream.
The Employer Job Offer International Student stream is open to international students residing in and outside Canada. However, in order to apply, the students must have a job offer in a “skilled occupation” classified as Type/Level 0, A or B in accordance with Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC). In addition to a job offer, international students must ensure that they, their employer and the job offer meet the program criteria.
Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
In order to apply, you must first register an expression of interest to let the OINP know you wish to be invited to apply. Registering an expression of interest is not the same as applying to the OINP or applying for permanent residency. It only allows the OINP to gather important information about you. Of course, the OINP will rank you according to their criteria (education, language, etc).
After you register an expression of interest, the OINP (as usual) will conduct draws from the pool. If you receive an invitation to apply, you must submit an application through the OINP e-Filing Portal. Keep in mind, you can complete this application by yourself or assign an authorized representative to complete it on your behalf.
After applying, if you are nominated, your next step is to apply to the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residence. Of course, IRCC makes the final decision on who becomes a permanent resident.
In order to be considered eligible under the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream, you must have:
- received from an eligible Canadian institution one of the following:
- a degree or diploma that takes at least two years to complete if you study on a full-time basis, or
- a degree, diploma or certificate that takes at least one year to complete if you study on a full-time basis and that requires a completed degree as an admission requirement
- a valid licence or other authorization (if applicable)
- intention to live in Ontario
- legal status in Canada (if applicable)
- a job offer in Ontario from an employer that meets the requirements. Please be aware that the job offer must be:
- for a full-time and permanent position.
- in a skilled occupation at Skill Type 0 or Skill Levels A or B of the National Occupation Classification (NOC).
- In addition, the pay must meet or be higher than the low wage level. And the position must be urgently necessary to the employer’s business.
To qualify under the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream, your employer:
- must have been in active business for at least three years prior to submitting your application
- have business premises in Ontario where you will work
- must have no outstanding orders made against them under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 or the Occupational Health and Safety Act
- meet one of the relevant revenue requirements for the most recently completed fiscal year
- have at the time of application submission one of the following:
- at least five full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents who work at the location where you will work, or will report to work, if you will work or report to work at a location in the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions) or
- at least three full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents who work at the location where you will work, or will report to work, if you will work or report to work at a location outside the Greater Toronto
- make an application for approval of an employment position by filling out and signing an Employer Form.
These are just some of the requirements for the Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream. If you want to know more about this stream, you can visit the OINP website. We can also help you see if you qualify for this stream.
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