Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: Employers
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers an opportunity for employers to recruit and retain highly skilled foreign workers and qualifying international students for permanent, full-time jobs.
Eligible employers must submit a Pre-screen Application to OINP to have the position they want to fill approved. If the Pre-screen Application is approved, the foreign worker or qualifying international student that the employer wants to recruit, the prospective nominee, must submit a Nominee Application within 60 calendar days of the approval of the Pre-screen Application.
The Pre-screen Application is free.
OINP no longer accepts incomplete Employer Pre-Screen and Nominee applications, and will return them to applicants.
Applicants submitting applications in person must note that reception staff are not authorized to provide application advice or review the completeness of applications.
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About using a representative
Employers are not obliged to hire a representative.
However, if the employer receives help from an individual in applying for OINP and the employer wishes to authorize this individual to act on their behalf with OINP, the employer must submit the Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative form with their application.
An employer may only have one representative at a time, and this representative may only be appointed through the Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative form. If a new representative is appointed, a new Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative form must and submitted. The previous representative will no longer be authorized to conduct business on behalf of the employer, or receive information about the application.
Paid Authorized Representatives are defined by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). Paid authorized representatives are:
- Immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC);
- Lawyers who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society, along with students-at-law under their supervision; or,
- Notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Quebec.
If an applicant authorizes a paid representative who does not qualify as a paid authorized representative, the applicant will be contacted by OINP and advised that the individual must be removed or replaced as the representative. If the applicant designates a new authorized representative, any communications will be forwarded to the new representative. Otherwise, processing of the applicant’s file will continue without representation.
See Section 3.2 of the Employer Application Guide for more information on completing the Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative form.