Ontario has recently implemented a substantial change to its Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Employer Job Offer: International Student stream. The alteration, effective from January 1st, 2024, focuses on expanding eligibility criteria, particularly for students who have completed a one-year college graduate certificate.
Ontario Expanded Eligibility Criteria
Previously, the OINP’s Employer Job Offer: International Student stream allowed candidates to apply with a one-year credential only if the program necessitated a degree for admission. Now, the OINP has broadened its eligibility, permitting applicants with any one-year college program leading to an Ontario College Graduate Certificate to qualify. This change significantly widens the pool of eligible certificate programs under the OINP.
Understanding the OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
The OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student stream serves as a pathway to permanent residence for international students holding a job offer in an eligible skilled occupation in Ontario. This stream is designed for international students, both inside and outside Canada, with a job offer in a “skilled occupation” classified as Type/Level 0, A, or B according to Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC).
To be eligible for the program, candidates must meet specific criteria:
- An undergraduate degree or diploma takes at least two years on a full-time basis from an eligible Canadian institution.
- A graduate degree or diploma taking at least one year on a full-time basis from an eligible Canadian institution.
- A college graduate certificate taking at least one year on a full-time basis from an eligible Ontario institution.
- A university graduate certificate taking at least one year on a full-time basis from an eligible Ontario institution.
Candidates must ensure that more than half of their studies were completed at an eligible Canadian institution while living and studying in Canada. The official credential received from the institution should be verified as an Ontario College Graduate Certificate.
Job Offer and Licensure
- Have an approved full-time job offer of indeterminate length in a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) in Ontario, meeting entry-level wage levels.
- Hold the mandatory licensure or authorization required for the job at the time of applying.
- Demonstrate the intention to reside in Ontario, supported by ties such as employment history, job applications, education, volunteer work, residence agreements, property ownership, professional networks, family ties, social connections, or previous visits to Ontario.
- Have and maintain legal status (a visitor record, study permit, or work permit) in Ontario throughout the application period if residing in Canada.
Ontario’s proactive approach to immigration is evident in the recent expansion of eligibility criteria for the OINP, specifically benefiting international students. By facilitating a smoother transition from education to permanent residence, this change aligns with Ontario’s commitment to attracting and retaining skilled individuals.