Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program: Nominees – What’s next

Have you been nominated through Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program? Here is some important information you should know.

As of June 20, 2015:
Due to Federal level changes to the issuance of temporary work permits, as of June 20th, 2015, OINP no longer has the authority to issue support letters for open work permits. This only applies to nominees in streams under the Human Capital Category and includes all streams that do not require a job offer.

To learn about your options for retaining legal status in Canada, see CIC’s website for information about Bridging Open Work Permit eligibility requirements.

All Ontario nominees with a job offer may still qualify for a temporary work permit, and Ontario will continue to support temporary work permit applications of nominees.  Please note that a provincial nomination does not guarantee approval of a temporary work permit application, as CIC is responsible for the issuance of temporary work permits.

Applying for permanent residence

Successful nominees must apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent resident status within 6 months of being nominated by Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

Effective March 31, 2012, Ontario nominees must submit their permanent residence applications to CIO in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Temporary work permits for nominees with a job offer

Ontario nominees can apply for a temporary work permit while their permanent residence application is being processed overseas. A provincial nomination does not guarantee approval of a temporary work permit application. CIC is responsible for the issuance of temporary work permits. If granted, the temporary work permit will allow a nominee to travel to Ontario to begin working for his/her employer sooner. Ontario nominees are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process. To learn more about the LMIA process visit the Employment and Social Development Canada website.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will support temporary work permit applications of nominees. Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program recommends that nominees check with their nearest visa office to learn about temporary work permit requirements, which may apply to their situation, such as a medical examination.

Other Information

On the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, you will find:

You can also visit our Questions and Answers page for more information about Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

 
 
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