Who Can Apply

To be eligible to apply for the Masters Graduate Stream, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Education: Graduated or have met all degree requirements from a Master’s degree program at an eligible publicly-funded university in Ontario and have completed at least one academic year in length on a full-time basis.

  2. Language:
    1. A minimum of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
      1. Level 7 (or above) in English, or
      2. Level 7 (or above) in French

  3. Residency in Ontario: Demonstrate you have resided in Ontario for at least 12 of the last 24 months before the application submission date.

  4. Settlement Funds: A minimum level of savings or income to support you and your family members.

  5. Intent: Intention to reside and work in Ontario.

  6. Residency at Time of Application: Must be residing in Ontario with legal status (i.e., study permit, work permit, visitor record) OR residing outside of Canada. If you currently live in Canada, but outside of Ontario, you do not qualify.

  7. Eligibility Period: Must apply within two years of the date on which your Master’s degree was granted.  This is the date that appears on your diploma.

Note: Refugee claimants with a pending application to remain in Canada are not eligible to apply to OINP. Refugee claimants whose claim has been rejected, abandoned, or withdrawn must exit Canada prior to applying to OINP. Refugee claimants may only apply to OINP once they have left Canada. For more information related to refugee claimants, visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

Students with a return obligation

If you are an international student and you have received subsidies, grants or home country scholarships and have return obligations (e.g. you must return to your home country or another jurisdiction outside of Ontario once you complete your studies), you cannot apply for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program unless such obligations have been fulfilled.

For more information about the eligibility criteria, please refer to the Application Guide: International Students – Masters Graduate Stream.

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