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Workers, Masters, And Ph.D. Graduates Invited For Ontario’s PNP Draw

Canada’s Ontario issued additional invitations to 546 immigration candidates, on October 20, to apply for a provincial nomination. Candidates who have profiles in the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool were invited by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

Applicants may have met the requirements for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream, Masters Graduate Stream, or Ph.D. Graduate Stream. Candidates who may be qualified for the Foreign Worker Stream under the Economic Mobility Pathways Project received four targeted invitations.

In addition, the OINP encouraged 479 international student graduates to apply for the Master’s Graduate stream and 63 for the Ph.D. Graduate stream. Candidates that were invited had to have completed an EOI profile in Ontario’s system. Each stream had its own set of criteria for scoring:

  • Masters Graduates needed a score of at least 35; and
  • Ph.D. Graduates needed a score of at least 25.

Since Ontario implemented an EOI method for its Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) that do not use the Express Entry system, this is the second-largest Master’s Graduate stream draw.

Master’s degree drawings are typically larger and demand a higher score, according to previous experience. This could be owing to the large number of competent individuals who apply for each type of degree through the EOI system. According to Statistics Canada, tens of thousands of overseas students earn master’s degrees in Ontario each year, with hundreds of Ph.D. graduates.

Foreign nationals with an eligible work offer from a company in Ontario can apply for the Ontario Foreign Worker Stream under the Employer Job Offer category. Candidates do not need to be residents of Canada to apply, as long as they complete the eligibility standards.

Applicants must have the equivalent of two years of work experience in a skilled occupation, have a qualifying job offer in Ontario, and plan to immigrate to the province, among other requirements, to be considered. Anyone interested in applying for this PNP stream must first create an EOI profile on the Ontario website. A profile will be added to the EOI pool after it has been registered. On the basis of the information provided, Ontario will assign a score.

To be considered for the Master’s Graduate or Ph.D. Graduate stream, candidates must first register with Ontario’s e-Filing Portal and then submit an expression of interest for the graduate stream of their choice. The province of Ontario then asks eligible people to apply for a provincial nomination, which is the first step toward permanent residency in Canada.

You do not need a job offer to apply, but you must submit your application within two years of graduating. Ontario evaluates EOI profiles according to a set of human capital indicators that the province has determined are significant in identifying immigrants with the ability to succeed. Candidates are awarded points based on the skill level of their job offer as well as their work experience in Canada.

For each stream, the OINP scoring system is distinct. It considers wage, education, official language proficiency, and the region of study or work, in addition to skill level and work experience. In addition, the province has the option of allocating 10 points to respond to labor market demands.

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