Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

Temporary Pause on Intake of Applications for Select, High-volume Streams

 
  1. Why is Ontario placing a temporary pause on the intake of applications for select, high-volume OINP streams?
    • As a result of changes Ontario has made to more closely align the streams of the program with the needs of its labour market, the province has already received the sufficient number of OINP applications to meet its 2016 federal allocation. This is further proof that Ontario remains a very sought after destination for highly-skilled workers.
    • For example, the number of 2015 applications grew by 124 per cent over 2014.  In January 2016 alone, the OINP received over 1,800 applications.
    • Following the lead of other jurisdictions, Ontario has made the responsible decision to place a temporary pause on the intake of applications for select, high-volume OINP streams. Other provinces have also done this in the past after fully maximizing their allotments. It’s important to note that lower-volume streams of the OINP and other options continue to be available.
    • Ontario remains a top destination for workers and their families from all over the world. Ontario anticipates that it will receive its 2017 nomination allocation from the federal government before the end of November 2016, and the province expects to be in a position to accept applications for some streams in six months.
    • The federal government determines the maximum number of nominations Ontario can award annually. Each year, there are about 300,000 immigrants that come to Canada. Of these, Ontario is allowed to select 5,500 through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) in 2016. This program, which represents only 1.8 per cent of total immigration to Canada, is targeted towards filling labour market gaps with skilled workers. It is just one option for immigrating to Ontario.
    • Given the positive effect of the OINP on Ontario’s economy, the province continues to engage the federal government on nominee numbers.
  2. Which OINP streams are affected by the temporary pause on the intake of applications for select, high-volume OINP streams?

    Human Capital Priorities (Express Entry)

    • Ontario stopped sending Notifications of Interest (NOIs) for the OINP Human Capital Priorities (Express Entry) stream effective February 16, 2016.
    • The OINP will continue to process applications already received.

    Employer Pre-screen

    • Ontario temporarily paused the intake of new applications for the Employer pre-screen stream effective 5 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2016.
    • All applications sent after 5 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2016 will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant along with the unprocessed payment.

     International Student – Masters Graduate stream

    • Ontario temporarily paused the intake of new applications for the International Student – Masters Graduate stream effective 5 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2016.
    • All applications sent after 5 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2016 will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant along with the unprocessed payment.

    International Student – PhD Graduate stream

    • Ontario temporarily paused the intake of new applications for the International Student – PhD Graduate stream effective 5 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2016.
    • All applications sent after 5 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2016 will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant along with the unprocessed payment.

    Foreign Worker with a Job Offer stream 

    • The OINP will continue to accept applications from Foreign Worker applicants as Employer Pre-screen applications are assessed. Only those Foreign Worker applicants whose job offer has been approved through the Employer Pre-screen application process may apply to the OINP. These applicants will have 60 days from the date of the Employer Pre-screen approval letter to apply to either of these streams.
    • If you submit you application after the 60-day deadline, your application will be returned along with your unprocessed payment.

    International Student with a Job Offer stream

    • The OINP will continue to accept applications from International Student with a Job Offer applicants as Employer Pre-screen applications are assessed. Only those International Student with a Job Offer applicants whose job offer has been approved through the Employer Pre-screen application process may apply to the OINP. These applicants will have 60 days from the date of the Employer Pre-screen approval letter to apply to either of these streams.
    • If you submit you application after the 60-day deadline, your application will be returned along with your unprocessed payment.
  3. Which OINP streams are NOT affected by the temporary pause on the intake of applications for select, high-volume OINP streams?
  4. How long will the temporary pause on the intake of applications for select, high-volume OINP streams be in effect?
    • Ontario anticipates that it will receive its 2017 nomination allocation from the federal government before the end of November 2016, and the province expects to be in a position to accept applications for some streams in six months.
    • The federal government determines the maximum number of nominations Ontario can award annually. Each year, there are about 300,000 immigrants that come to Canada. Of these, Ontario is allowed to select 5,500 through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) in 2016. This program, which represents only 1.8 per cent of total immigration to Canada, is targeted towards filling labour market gaps with skilled workers. It is just one option for immigrating to Ontario.
    • Given the positive effect of the OINP on Ontario’s economy, the province continues to engage the federal government on nominee numbers.
    • Please monitor the OINP update webpage for news, announcements and new developments with the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
  5. What is happening during the temporary pause on the intake of applications for select, high-volume OINP streams?
    • The OINP will continue to process applications already received.
    • In the meantime, the province is committed to providing an efficient and streamlined application processing system. 
    • Improvements to the OINP application process will be implemented in the coming months – including a move to an online application processing system. 
    • The goal is to make it easier for clients to apply, and to improve processing times
  6. What is the status of the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream?
    • The OINP continues to send Notifications of Interest (NOIs) for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and will continue to accept and process applications from applicants who have received an NOI. Candidates will continue to have 45 days from the date of their NOI to apply to OINP.  If you submit your application after the 45-day deadline, your application will be returned along with your unprocessed payment.
  7. What is the status of the Corporate stream?
    • The OINP continues to accept and process applications for the Corporate stream.
  8. What is the status of the Entrepreneur stream?
    • The OINP continues to accept Expressions of Interest for the Entrepreneur stream.
  9. How do I know if my application is still in the system and being processed?
    • As applications begin to be processed, applicants will receive notification on the status of their application.
  10. Will the OINP stop accepting applications for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and Corporate and Entrepreneur business streams in the future?
    • There are currently no plans to stop accepting applications for these streams.
  11. How long will it take to process my application?
    • Processing is taking longer than usual due the large number of applications in our inventory.
    • The OINP appreciates your patience as it works diligently to process the high-volume of applications received.
    • Improvements to the OINP application process will be implemented in the coming months – including a move to an online application processing system.
    • The goal is to make it easier for clients to apply, and to also speed up processing times.
    • As these process improvements are implemented, all applicants will be made aware of any changes.
  12. My application is in the system, but my legal status in Canada is expiring. Will the OINP process these applications first?
    • Please note that it is your responsibility to maintain your legal status in Canada throughout the period that your application is being processed.
    • Applications will not be approved if the applicant does not hold proper legal status (if they are in Canada). 
    • Any question about your legal status should be directed to the federal government.
    • There are exceptional circumstances in which the OINP will prioritize nominee applications when the applicant’s legal status in Canada is due to expire within 90 days (such as international students and temporary foreign workers).
    • The OINP will make every effort to identify those applications in the current inventory where an applicant’s legal status in Canada is at risk of expiring. They will be processed first.
  13. What happens if my payment expires before it is cashed due to the extended application processing times?
    • The OINP will ask that a new payment be submitted within 30 days of notifying you. Your application will maintain its place in the queue. Processing will resume once the OINP receives your new payment.
  14. Will this mean you will be getting a larger allocation of nominations from the federal government in 2017?
    • Given the positive effect of the OINP on Ontario’s economy, the province continues to engage the federal government on nominee numbers.
  15. Why did the OINP receive so many applications?
    • As a result of changes Ontario has made to more closely align the streams of the program with the needs of its labour market, the province has already received the sufficient number of OINP applications to meet its 2016 federal allocation. This is further proof that Ontario remains a very sought after destination for highly-skilled workers.
    • For example, the number of 2015 applications grew by 124 per cent over 2014.
    • In January 2016 alone, the OINP received over 1,800 applications.
    • It’s important to note that lower-volume streams of the OINP and other options continue to be available.
    • Ontario remains a top destination for workers and their families from all over the world.
    • Ontario anticipates that it will receive its 2017 nomination allocation from the federal government before the end of November 2016, and the province expects to be in a position to accept applications for some streams in six months.
    • Given the positive effect of the OINP on Ontario’s economy, we continue to engage the federal government on nominee numbers.
  16. Will there be changes to the way you have to apply to the OINP in the future?
    • Ontario is committed to providing a modern, efficient and streamlined application processing system.
    • The OINP continuously reviews its requirements and application processing to ensure that criteria are clear and the process is as transparent as possible for all applicants.
    • Improvements to the OINP application process will be implemented in the coming months – including a move to an online application processing system. 
    • The goal is to make it easier for clients to apply, and to also speed up processing times.
    • As these process improvements are implemented, all applicants will be made aware of any changes.
    • Applications are assessed based on OINP criteria at the time of application.
  17. Will any of the eligibility requirements for OINP streams change in 2017?
    • The province is always evaluating the OINP to deliver the best results for the people of Ontario.
    • Applications are assessed based on OINP criteria at the time of application.
  18. What are my other options if I wish to immigrate to Ontario now?
    • The federal government determines the maximum number of nominations Ontario can award annually. Each year, there are about 300,000 immigrants that come to Canada. Of these, Ontario is allowed to select 5,500 through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) in 2016. This program, which represents only 1.8 per cent of total immigration to Canada, is targeted towards filling labour market gaps with skilled workers. It is just one option for immigrating to Ontario.
    • Please visit the specific webpages for those streams that are still accepting applications: the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream and the Corporate stream. The OINP also continues to accept expressions of interest for the Entrepreneur stream.
    • In addition, other options are available from the federal government.
    • Please monitor the OINP update webpage to stay current with news, announcements and new developments with Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
  19. Who can I contact for further information on the status of my file and/ or the temporary pause?
    • All applicants will be notified by the OINP once it begins processing their application.
    • You may contact the OINP via email: ontarionominee@ontario.ca, or phone: 416-327-0374 (in Toronto), or toll free 1-866-214-6820 (within North America).
 
 
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