Opportunities Ontario: Foreign Workers
What is the General Category?
Employers use the General Category when they want to recruit foreign workers. They use the International Student With Job Offer Stream within the International Student Category when they want to recruit international students. You can learn about Applying as an international student on this website.
If you are a foreign worker, you may be able to apply to Opportunities Ontario for nomination as a permanent resident, under the General Category. Opportunities Ontario has a target of 1,000 nominations in 2012. However, it is important to understand that Opportunities Ontario is employer-driven. This means that if you are seeking nomination, you can apply only if:
- Your prospective employer has first applied for pre-screening of a position. Investors need to have their investment endorsed.
- The position has been approved.
- Your prospective employer sends you the employer’s approval letter, Joint Verification form signed by your prospective employer, and Pre-screen Position form. You can then visit the Forms and Guides page of this website to complete and download the nominee application form.
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About the process
If you are seeking nomination as a foreign worker under the General Category, here is some information that will help you complete the application process:
- Who can apply as a foreign worker?
- What documents do I need to submit?
- Is there a deadline for applications?
- What are the fees?
- What happens after I am approved?
Do you have more questions? You will find an Application Guide for Nominees on this website. You can also visit our Questions and Answers section and find information in other languages. The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration’s Welcome to Ontario guide also provides valuable information on living, learning and working in Ontario. This guide is available in English, French and 15 other languages.
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About using a representative
Applicants are not required to hire a representative. All applications are treated equally, regardless of whether or not they were prepared with the assistance of an authorized representative. Opportunities Ontario reserves the right to contact the employer or prospective nominee directly regarding the application, if the program considers this necessary.
If you do choose to use a representative, you must use an authorized representative. Opportunities Ontario follows Canadian government regulations requiring all paid immigration representatives to meet the definition of “authorized representative”. This means that Opportunities Ontario will only conduct business with paid immigration representatives who are the following:
- Immigration consultants who are members in good standing, with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). (For program rules during the transition period, please visit the Program Updates page)
- Lawyers who are licensees in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society and students-at-law under their supervision, and
- Quebec notaries.