Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream – Questions and Answers
You will find answers to most of your questions in the Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream Application Guide. Please refer to this guide for all of your questions.
We have also prepared some common questions to help you with your application. Please browse these questions to see if your query has already been answered before contacting us.
About Express Entry
- What is Express Entry?
Express Entry is a federal application management system for applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and portions of Provincial Nominee Programs.
For more information on Express Entry, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website.
- Who can apply to Express Entry?
To qualify for Express Entry, you must meet the eligibility requirements for at least one of three federal programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, or the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Please see the visit the CIC website for more information on eligibility for Express Entry.
About Ontario’s Approach to Express Entry
- Has Ontario developed new streams to use with Express Entry?
Ontario has two streams that can be used for Express Entry: the Human Capital Priorities Stream and French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream. If you wish to use Express Entry as a potential Ontario nominee, you must be nominated through one of these two streams.
Please visit our website to learn more about the stream criteria.
- Why do I have to meet federal criteria and provincial criteria for Ontario’s Express Entry Stream?
Express Entry is a federal system. The federal government requires that all candidates who use Express Entry meet certain minimum criteria. The provincial criteria are tailored to meet Ontario’s needs and are therefore different from federal criteria.
- How do Ontario Express Entry stream criteria differ from those of other Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program streams?
Different streams have different requirements and seek to attract different types of applicants.
Ontario’s Express Entry streams – Human Capital Priorities Stream and French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream – are designed to attract those who have the language abilities, work experience, and education to fill job openings and thrive in Ontario’s labour market.
Two Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) streams - the International Master’s Graduate and the International PhD Graduate Streams – target international students with an Ontario education and who have an attachment to the province. Additionally, the employer-driven Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) streams – International Student with a Job Offer and Foreign Worker streams – allow Ontario businesses to fill permanent positions in professional, managerial or skilled trades occupations.
Please visit our website to learn more about the requirements for our streams and which one best suits you.
- Will Ontario have a job offer stream for Express Entry?
No. Ontario’s Express Entry streams are not designed for those with jobs offers. If you have a job offer, you may wish to explore Ontario’s Foreign Worker Stream or International Student with a Job Offer Stream, or the federal programs under Express Entry, to see if any are appropriate for you.
- I don’t qualify for Express Entry. How can I get a nomination?
Please visit our website to see if any of our other nomination streams are suitable for you.
- How many nominations will Ontario issue under Express Entry?
Each year the federal government determines the number of nominations Ontario can issue. In 2015, that number is 5200. Of these, 2700 must be used under Express Entry.
- Is the application process for Ontario Express Entry streams different from other Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program streams?
Yes. Ontario’s Express Entry streams – Human Capital Priorities and French-Speaking Skilled Worker streams– require that you register for the federal Express Entry system. Once registered, and if you meet Ontario’s criteria, you could be sent a Notification of Interest through your MyCIC account. You must be registered with Express Entry and have received a provincial/territorial notification of interest - “PT notification of interest” from Ontario before you can apply for Ontario’s Express Entry Streams. Please visit our website to learn how to apply to the stream that is most appropriate for you.
- Can I apply directly to one of the Ontario Express Entry streams?
No. You must receive a provincial/territorial notification of interest - “PT notification of interest” - to be eligible to apply for one of Ontario’s Express Entry streams.
Ontario will identify candidates in the Express Entry pool who meet its criteria and who it wishes to consider for nomination. If you are identified you will receive a “PT notification of interest” through your MyCIC account. Only those candidates who receive this notification will be able to apply to Ontario Express Entry.
- Once I receive a “PT notification of interest”, how many days do I have to apply?
Once you receive your “PT notification of interest” you will have 45 days to submit a complete application to MCI.
- I meet Ontario’s stream criteria. Why haven’t I received a Notification of Interest?
Express Entry is Citizenship and Immigration Canada application management system to manage permanent resident applications for skilled migration to Canada.
Ontario uses Express Entry (EE) to select potential nominees for permanent residence under two Ontario Express Entry Streams.
It has come to our attention that technical issues may have resulted in candidates not receiving a Notification of Interest (NOI) though they believe they meet the criteria for Ontario’s Express Entry streams. If you believe you fall into this category and have not received an NOI after one month of submitting your EE profile, we encourage you to create a new profile in the EE system. If you create a new EE profile, you must delete your old profile.
If you have any questions about your EE profile please contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
- I no longer want to continue with my application to Ontario’s Express Entry streams. How can I withdraw my application and have my fees returned?
Applicants can request a withdrawal of their application at any stage. The request will be considered and you will be notified when a decision is made. Application withdrawal requests must be submitted in writing by mail to the address below; include in your request your full name, date of birth, and Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) file number (if applicable).
Application fees are non-refundable. The province of Ontario charges fees to partially recover the cost of administering the OINP. Since the application fee helps pay for the cost of processing applications, it will not be refunded even if the application is not successful, or if you withdraw the application at any stage of the process, or if the province cancels or withdraws the nomination.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
400 University Avenue, Ground Floor
- After I receive a nomination from Ontario under one of its Express Entry streams, what happens next?
Once your application has been processed and Ontario offers you a nomination, you will be asked through your MyCIC account if you wish to accept the nomination.
Once you accept, your Express Entry profile will be automatically updated with the 600 points.
You will then be given an invitation to apply for permanent residence shortly after by the federal government.
- How long will it take for my application to be processed?
Processing is taking longer than usual due the large number of applications in our inventory. The OINP appreciates your patience as we work diligently to process the high volume of applications received.
Improvements to the OINP application process will be implemented in the coming months – including a move to an online application processing system. The goal is to make it easier for clients to apply, and to also speed up processing times. As these process improvements are implemented, all applicants will be made aware of any changes.
The federal government’s stated goal is to process applications for permanent residence through Express Entry in six months or less.
Please contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada if you have any questions about your permanent residence application or your Express Entry profile.
- What if my circumstances change (I re-take my language test, I get married, etc) after I apply for a nomination?
MCI must be notified if there is any change to your personal information or circumstance that is detailed on your Nominee Application Form, including (but not limited to):
- a change in immigration status (expiration or change in work/study permit);
- a change in employment status (loss of employment or new employer);
- changes to your contact information;
- any change which could affect your federal Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) score; or
- changes in family composition due to marriage or common-law relationship, the birth of a child, a change of custody of a child, divorce/separation, or death.
Failure to notify MCI of any changes to your personal information or circumstance will affect the outcome of your MCI and CIC applications.
Please see the “Changes in Personal Information Section” in the application guide for more details.
- I provided my application for nomination to Ontario and paid the appropriate fees. I recently received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from the federal government. What do I do?
If you wish to proceed with the ITA and withdraw your application for nomination you must notify MCI (see section on withdrawing an application).
- Can I use my nomination from a non-Express Entry Stream for Express Entry?
No. The eligibility requirements for the Express Entry streams are different from the non-Express Entry streams, and the application process also differs.
If you wish to use Express Entry as an Ontario nominee, you must have been nominated under Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream, or our French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.
- I have an application in process for a non-Express Entry stream. Can I switch to an Express Entry Stream? Can I submit applications to multiple streams or programs simultaneously?
If you have an application in process and wish to switch streams, or apply to multiple streams, you will have to submit a separate application for each stream and pay the applicable fees. We advise that you consider carefully which streams are the most appropriate for you so that you avoid submitting multiple applications and paying additional fees.
- My language test is about to expire. Do I need to re-take it?
Any information on your Express Entry profile must be valid when you make an application to CIC for permanent residence (PR). If your language test will expire before you submit an application to CIC for PR you will need to retake it.
If you retake your language test after you have been issued a nomination certificate, you are required to inform the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration if your score changes. Please see the “Changes in Personal Information Section” in the application guide for more details.
- How can I check the status of my Ontario Express Entry application?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by mail to:
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
400 University Avenue, 5th Floor