Ontario holds first PNP draw for international students after switching to new intake system
Ontario invited 138 international students to apply for a provincial nomination on May 18.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) invited 138 candidates who had profiles in the new Expression of Interest (EOI) pool. These candidates may qualify for the Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream.
To receive an invitation, candidates needed to have an EOI score of at least 77. Additionally, candidates needed to have a valid job offer in Ontario.
The Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream is open to foreign nationals who have an eligible job offer from an employer in Ontario. Candidates do not need to be in Canada, so long as they meet the eligibility requirements.
To be eligible, candidates need to have completed a program at a Canadian Designated Learning Institution, have an eligible job offer in Ontario, and intend to immigrate to the province, amongst other criteria.
An eligible job offer must be for a full-time position classified as a National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A, or B. As well, the job must meet or exceed the low wage level for the occupation in the region of Ontario where the candidate will be employed. Lastly, the job offer must align with the employer’s existing business activities.
To be considered for this Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), candidates must register an EOI profile on the Ontario website.
After registering, the profile will go into the EOI pool. Ontario will give a score based on the information submitted. Candidates will be ranked on factors such as relevant work experience, skill level of the job offer, wage, level of education, official language ability, and more.
The OINP scoring system is different depending on which stream candidates apply for. The province also allocates ten (10) points at its discretion to respond to labour market needs.