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What is the International Students – PhD Graduates Stream?

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers an opportunity for International Students – PhD Graduates to live and work permanently in Ontario.

Prospective nominees applying under the PhD Graduate stream can apply without a job offer. Applicants can send their nominee application directly to OINP.

The application fee for PhD Graduates is $1500. This fee must be included in the nominee application package.

OINP no longer accepts incomplete nominee applications, and will return them to applicants. In cases where OINP returns incomplete applications to applicants, OINP will also return the enclosed application fees.

Applicants submitting applications in person must note that reception staff are not authorized to provide application advice or review the completeness of applications.

Find more detailed information here:

Applicants will also find the Application Guide for International Students – Phd Graduates here.
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Applicants are not obliged to hire a representative.
However, if the applicant receives help from an individual in applying for OINP and the applicant wishes to authorize this individual to act on their behalf with OINP, the applicant must submit the Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative Form with their application.
An applicant may only have one representative at a time, and this representative may only be appointed through the Authorizing or Cancelling an Employer Representative Form. If a new representative is appointed, the previous representative will no longer be authorized to conduct business on behalf of the applicant, 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, and
  • 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 Application Guide for International Students – PhD Graduates for more information on completing the Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative form.