OINP: International Student Category - Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, an International Student must have a job offer that meets the following criteria:

  • be an approved permanent, full-time job offer in a high-skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B), and
  • meets the entry-level wage levels in Ontario for that occupation.

The International Student must also:

  • have graduated from or have met the requirements of a full-time degree or diploma program at an eligible publicly-funded Canadian college or university that is at least two (2) years in length or a one year post-graduate certificate program, which requires a previous degree in order to qualify,
  • have completed at least half of their studies in Canada, and
  • apply within two years from the date on which they graduated.

OINP will not accept applications from International Students in their final semester of studies. Applicants must have met all the degree requirements at the time of application.

Applicants must have met all the degree requirements at the time of application.

Important: Definition of "Full-Time”
A full-time position is considered to be a position that consists of 1,560 hours of paid employment in a 12 month period.
The following are not considered permanent, full-time employees even if they work 1,560 hours in a 12-month period:

  • Seasonal or part-time Employees regardless of their working hours,
  • Subcontractors, independent contractors, business owners or agency workers,
  • Employees who do not work on the company’s premises, such as employees who work from home, or employees  who work in a “virtual” location, and serve the employer by telecommuting.

Refugee claimants with an application to remain in Canada that is pending are not eligible to apply for OINP. A refugee claimant whose claim has been rejected, abandoned or withdrawn must exit Canada prior to applying for OINP. Refugee claimants may only apply to OINP once they have left Canada. For more information related to refugee claimants, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/English/refugees/index.asp.