Foreign Workers Stream

Find more detailed information in the following subsections:

  1. Who Can Apply?Who Can Apply button

To be eligible to apply, a foreign worker must have a job offer that meets the following criteria:

  • be an approved permanent, full-time job offer in a highly skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B), and
  • meets the prevailing wage levels in Ontario for that occupation.
    • Note that foreign workers already working in the position that OINP approved need to be paid a wage that is equal or greater than the wage approved for that position. For example, if the approved wage is $25/hour, the foreign worker needs to be paid at least $25 upon nomination.

The foreign worker must also:

  • have two years of relevant work experience in the last five years, or the relevant mandatory licensing in Ontario for a regulated occupation, and
  • be residing abroad or residing, working or visiting Canada on a valid work permit, study permit or visitor record.

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 A refugee claimant whose claim has been rejected, abandoned or withdrawn must exit Canada prior to applying for OINP.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:

  1. How to Apply?How to Apply button

Preparing the Application

Applicants can begin their nominee application once they have received the following documents from their prospective employer:

  • a copy of the Employer Pre-screen Approval letter,
  • original job offer letter signed by the employer which includes the prospective occupation title, duties and responsibilities, wage to be paid and that the offer being made is for a permanent, full-time position,
  • original Pre-screen Position form signed by the employer and the applicant, and
  • original Joint Verification form signed by the employer and the applicant (See Section 3.3 of the Application Guide for Foreign Workers for information on completing this form).

Nominee applications must be received within 60 days of the date the Pre-screen Position form is issued to the employer, as indicated on the position form. If the nominee application is not received in connection with the position after 60 days, the approved position is no longer eligible and the employer will be required to reapply should they wish to secure another approved position. If the deadline to submit the application falls on a weekend or a statutory holiday, the deadline to submit the application will be extended to the next working day.

Obtaining the Forms

The Nominee Application Form is available for free download on the OINP website. The form has two parts which are downloaded separately:

Detailed instructions for completing the Nominee Application can be found in Section 3.1: Completing the Nominee Application Form of the Foreign Worker Application Guide.

Supporting Documents

Important: Document Translation
If a supporting document is not in English or French, the applicant must provide a copy of the document and a complete, certified translation of the document.

If the applicant is applying from within Ontario, the translations must be completed by a certified translator accredited by the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO). For more information on certified translators in Ontario, visit 

If the applicant is applying from outside Ontario, the translation can be completed by any translator. However, the translation must be notarized. OINP reserves the right to require applicants to submit translations completed by a certified translator accredited by ATIO if the notarized translation is deemed insufficient by officers assessing the application.

OINP applications with translations that are not complete, certified or notarized are considered incomplete and will not be processed.

Translations that are completed by the applicant, the applicant’s representative, or other individuals with personal ties to the applicant are not acceptable in any case even if these individuals are certified translators.

The Nominee Application form must be accompanied by a number of supporting documents which help establish that the applicant meets OINP eligibility criteria. Applicants can use this checklist to ensure that they have included all of the supporting documents within their application package.

Applicants must only send copies of supporting documents unless otherwise stated. Do not submit originals of civil documents (i.e. birth certificate or passport) as the application will not be returned. Applicants are strongly encouraged to create a copy of their complete application package prior to submission.

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  • List of documents:

    Each of the following documents must be included:

    Job offer that is an approved permanent, full-time position in a highly skilled occupation (NOC 0, A or B) that meets the prevailing wage levels.

    Copy of the Employer Pre-screen Approval letter

    • indicates that the employer has been approved for the position being offered, as well as the date of approval and the expiry of the approval.

    Original job offer letter signed by the employer which meets the following requirements:

    • Printed on company letterhead and identify company address, telephone/fax numbers, email, and website addresses; 
    • Identify the responsible Officer/Supervisor and include his/her signature;
    • Stamped with the company’s corporate seal (if applicable); AND
    • includes:
      • Occupation title
      • Wage for full-time, permanent position being offered
      • Duties and responsibilities
      • Number of hours per week and a number of weeks of work per year
      • Number of days/weeks of vacation
      • Workplace location
      • Employment start date, and 
      • an indication that the offer being made is for a permanent, full-time position

    Original Pre-screen Position form

    • identifies the position that the employer was approved to fill; this form will include the Pre-screen File Number, position title, NOC Code, date of employer pre-screen approval, expiry date of position approval. This form must be signed by the employer signing officer and the applicant.

    Original Joint Verification form

    • identifies the company name, name of authorized signing officer, title of the position, the name of the employee (applicant), rate of pay per hour or week, number of hours worked per week, the number of weeks per year. This form must be signed by the employer’s company signing officer and the applicant.

    Applicant must be residing abroad or be residing in Canada temporarily on a valid work permit, study permit or with a visitor record.

    Copy of applicant’s entire passport

    • must include must include clear copies of each page including all blank pages, Temporary Resident Visas, entry stamps, and/or any other immigration stamps. You must also include copies of Work Permits, Study Permits, and/or any other Canadian immigration documents
    • passport must have been valid for at least two years prior to submission of the nominee application. If the passport has not been valid for at least two years (i.e. the previous passport expired less than two years before the submission of the nominee application), then copies of all of the pages of the previous passport must also be included.
    • the passport should be valid for at least two more years. If the applicant is unable to renew the passport prior to applying to the program, they must apply with the current passport with an explanation of why the passport could not be renewed at the time of the application.

    Copy of current work permit, temporary resident visa, visitor record and/or any other Canadian immigration document or entry stamp from principal applicant

    • include copies of previous Canadian immigration documents (if applicable).

    Applicant must have two years of relevant work experience in the last five years or the relevant mandatory licensing in Ontario.

    Copy of applicant’s current résumé.

    • Indicates relevant work experience.

    Copy of relevant university degree(s), college diploma(s), transcripts and/or occupational certificates (if applicable).

    Proof of certification and/or license if applicant intends to work in an occupation that requires licensing in Ontario.

    Copies of letters of employment from previous/current employers.  The letters must meet the following requirements:

    • Printed on company letterhead and identify company address, telephone/fax numbers, email, and website addresses; 
    • Identify the responsible Officer/Supervisor and include his/her signature;
    • Stamped with the company’s corporate seal (if applicable); AND
    • Specify:
      • employment period;
      • positions held, duties and responsibilities during the employment period for each position, and the time spent in each position (if applicable);
      • total annual salary plus benefits;
      • Number of hours worked per week; and
      • Any extended periods of leave (i.e., more than one month).
    • Additional supporting documents may include:
      • Copy of employment contracts; and
      • Copy of pay stubs.

    If the applicant is currently working in Canada:

    • Copy of employment contracts;
    • Copies of all work permits issued by CIC and all immigration records authorizing employment for the period of work stated in the application;
    • Employer reference letters for all periods of work stated in the application;
    • Copies of Canada Revenue Agency T4 Statement of Remuneration Paid and Notice of Assessment (NOA) statements (if applicable) for the periods of work experience stated in the application; AND
    • Pay statements and any relevant documentation that can support the applicant’s work experience.

    Any unauthorized periods of work in Canada cannot be considered.

    Other Information Required

    Copy of applicant’s birth certificate.

    • or an acceptable national document where an original birth certificate is not available (i.e. letter from appropriate government authority indicating why birth certificate is not available).

    Copy of each dependent’s passport page showing his/her photo and personal information.

    Two original photos of the applicant:

    • Dimensions: final frame size of the photo must be at least 35mm by 45mm (1 3/8” x 1 3/4”), showing full front view of the head, with the face in the middle of the photograph and including the top of the shoulders.
    • Head, from chin to crown, must be between 31mm and 36mm (1 1/4” or 1 7/16”).
    • The background of the photo must be white.
    • The applicant’s name and date of birth must be written on the back of each photo.
    • The photos must be placed in a small envelope and attached to the first page of the application to enclose with the applicant’s application package submission. 
    • Note that photos that are not clear or are low-quality will not be accepted.

Officers assessing the application may request other documents not listed above if they deem that these documents are necessary to assess the application. Failure to provide the requested documents in the timelines requested by officers will result in the refusal of the application.

Important: Privacy and Confidentiality
Although the applicant may consider some information in the application form or the supporting documents submitted to OINP to be proprietary or confidential, any such material may be disclosed to a third party, in accordance with the applicant’s consent, and where required by law or if required of a court or tribunal.


The fee schedule is as follows:

  • Nominees with a job offer (within the Greater Toronto Area): $2,000
  • Nominees with a job offer (outside the Greater Toronto Area): $1,500
  • Nominees with a job offer from a foreign company making an investment under the Investment Component: $3,500

The application fee is per application. The fee must be submitted with the application package, or the application will not be processed. All fees must be made payable to the Ontario Minister of Finance. Payments must be made in Canadian dollars only. No other currency will be accepted.

Check the appropriate boxes to indicate the method of payment and the amount enclosed.

Acceptable Methods of Payment:

  • Money Order
  • Cashier/Certified Cheque
  • Postal Money Order
  • Bank Draft

Please note that OINP will not accept:

  • Cash
  • Personal cheques
  • Credit card payments
  • Any amount of funds other than those in the fee schedule above.

Important: Non-Refundable Application Fees
Fees are non-refundable. The province of Ontario charges fees to partially recover the cost of administering OINP. Since the processing fee helps pay for the cost of processing applications, it will not be refunded even if the application is not successful, if the applicant withdraws the application at any stage of the process, or if the province cancels or withdraws the nomination.

Submitting the Complete Nominee Application package

Completed nominee application forms must be submitted within 60 days of the date that the Employer Pre-screen Application is approved (as indicated in the Pre-screen Approval letter that the employer will receive). If the deadline to submit the application falls on a weekend or a statutory holiday, the deadline to submit the application will be extended to the next working day. Submit the completed nominee application package by mail, courier or personal delivery to:

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
400 University Avenue, Ground Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 2R9

Incomplete nominee applications will not be accepted by OINP and will be returned to the applicant.
The application may be deemed incomplete if:

  • the Nominee Application Form is illegible or incomplete (all fields must be completed and questions that are not applicable should be marked “N/A”),
  • the required supporting documents are not provided,
  • documents requiring translation are not certified or notarized, or
  • The application fee is not included in the application package or is submitted in an incorrect amount.

Application fees included in the application package will also be returned to the applicant if the application is deemed incomplete.

Applicants submitting applications in person must note that reception staff are not authorized to provide application advice or review applications for completeness.  When submitting the application in person, applicants must place the complete application package in a dropbox in the reception area. Applicants will receive correspondence from OINP by mail.

  1. After you Apply?After you Apply button

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) endeavours to send acknowledgement letters as soon as possible after receiving an application. Due to the large volume of applications received in 2016, it is taking longer for the OINP to acknowledge receipt. Please be advised that you will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of your application when it is reviewed for completeness. We will notify once we begin assessment of your application and once a decision is made.

We kindly request that you wait until after you receive notification that your application is in assessment before contacting the OINP to inquire about the status of your application. This will allow OINP staff to focus on processing applications.

Please note that applications to the OINP are processed on a first come, first served basis. Processing is taking longer than usual due a large number of applications in the program’s inventory. The OINP appreciates your patience as we work diligently to process the high volume of applications received.

Case-specific status inquiries must be made in writing and addressed to OINP at or sent by mail to the address above.

Changes in Personal Information

OINP must be notified if there are any changes to the information provided on the nominee application form, including (but not limited to):

  • change in immigration status (expiration or change in work/study permit)
  • change in employment status  (loss of employment or new employer)
  • change in contact information
  • change in family composition due to:
    • marriage or common/law relationship
    • birth of a child
    • change of custody of a child
    • divorce/separation
    • death.

The applicant must complete the Change of Personal Information form if there are any changes to their personal information. This form can be downloaded from the OINP website. Completed forms should be submitted to OINP by mail, fax or email attachment.

Failure to notify OINP of any changes to personal information will impact the outcome of OINP and CIC applications.

Additional supporting documents may be submitted by mail, fax or email if they are related to changes in the applicant’s mailing address, contact address, accompanying dependents, designated representatives, and education, or if the additional information is specifically requested by OINP.

However, sending sensitive personal information through unsecured email channels is risky, and is strongly discouraged by OINP. Users assume the risk associated with any electronic transfer of information to OINP. OINP is not liable for any damages that may arise from interception, loss, theft or other action regarding the applicant’s personal information while in transit.

  1. If you are nominatedIf you are nominated button

If the application is successful, the applicant will receive a Letter of Nomination along with the applicant’s (now nominee) Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Confirmation of Nomination document.

Successful nominees must apply to CIC for Permanent Resident status within six (6) months of being nominated by OINP. CIC processes and approves work permits and applications for permanent residence in Canada. Extensions to Confirmation of Nomination documents will only be granted in cases where applicants can demonstrate that the deadline for applying to CIC cannot be or was not met because of mitigating circumstances.

The nominee must include a copy of the Letter of Nomination and a copy of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Confirmation of Nomination document on top of the Permanent Residency Application submitted to CIC.

Work permit support letters for nominees with job offers
Ontario nominees with job offers 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.

Important: Feedback for the Purposes of Program Evaluation
OINP may seek feedback from the nominee and the employer up to 5 years after the nomination for permanent residency.

  1. If you are deniedIf you are denied button

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program gives applicants an opportunity to seek a review of the denial decision of their application. This process is called Reconsideration.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program’s reconsideration process is in place to provide applicants recourse to the denial of their case should they feel an error was made by the program. Written request for reconsideration must be made within 30 calendar days of the date on the denial letter and must identify what error(s) you believe was/were made in the assessment of your application. The error(s) you identify must be related to the stated reason(s) for the denial of your application.

Reconsideration requests are reviewed by an official who was not involved in the original decision and who occupies a higher position than the original decision-maker. The reconsideration decision is final.

Please note that a reconsideration request will consider eligibility at the time of the original application. A decision will not be reconsidered on the basis of a change in circumstances from the time of application submission and will not take into consideration new information or documentation that was not submitted to the program during initial application assessment. In these instances nominee applicants should submit a new application to the program. Nominee applicants submitting a new application are required to pay the application fee for the new application.