Unlike many countries in the world, Canada allows foreigners to immigrate without first obtaining a work offer. Since the Canadian immigration system is so diverse and unique because those who have not yet found a job will now have an opportunity to immigrate to Canada.
While the Express Entry method is the most popular and desirable immigration path in Canada, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is an equally promising option. Express Entry is based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), which awards points for many human capital aspects.
While a job offer is not required in most situations, having one will result in a significantly larger number of points and, as a result, a better chance of being invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
The PNP in Canada, on the other hand, was created to ensure a more equitable distribution of immigration benefits across the country. Each year, the program allows participating provinces and territories to nominate a certain number of economic immigrants for permanent residence.
PNPs varied significantly from province to province, with each establishing its unique set of nomination criteria. To apply for a PNP to immigrate to Canada, you must first be nominated by a province or territory. The PNP is a collaboration of nine Canadian provinces and two territories, including Ontario. Every year, the province welcomes one-third of all newcomers to Canada.
People opt to live in Ontario as there are a variety of jobs availability, high income, and have a diverse population. One of the most active PNPs in the country is the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Each year, 8,000 Invitations to Apply (ITA) are sent out through various channels.
If one wants to relocate to Ontario but doesn’t have a job offer, then one can apply through the Ontario Express Entry: Human Capital Priorities Stream. This program is for foreign skilled professionals who want to work and live in Ontario indefinitely. It enables the province to seek and nominate suitable applicants who have submitted a profile through the federal Express Entry pool and who satisfy the language, job experience, and other requirements for employment in the province.
An offer of employment is not necessary, but you must have an active Express Entry profile and fulfill Ontario’s standards, such as having job experience in specified vocations or industries, to be considered for this route.
If you apply to be recommended by Ontario and get a Notification of Interest, you will receive an invitation to submit an online application to the OINP using your Express Entry account. A Nomination Approval Letter will be sent to you if your application is approved.
In the Express Entry method, you will be prompted to accept or reject the nomination. If you comply, your Express Entry CRS score will be increased by 600 points, thereby ensuring that you will be invited to apply for permanent residency with the Government of Canada. With 4,851 NOIs currently given to Express Entry candidates, the Human Capital Priorities Stream has been one of the most active Ontario PNP streams so far this year.
To be eligible for the OINP Express Entry-Human Capital Priority Stream you will need to:
- Have an active Express Entry profile
- Meet the eligibility requirements for one of the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Meet the stream’s work experience requirements
- Have a Canadian Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. degree or an equivalent foreign education credential
- Demonstrate a language proficiency level of 7 or higher of the Canadian Language Benchmark
- Intend to reside in Ontario
- Have sufficient funds to cover settlement costs in Ontario.