The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will reopen for 2017 next week, the Minister for Citizenship and Immigration has confirmed.
The province had halted applications last May as its 2016 allocation had been filled. The announcement by Laura Albanese means hopefuls can now apply for the OINP’s three highest-volume streams from next week. These are:
- Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream.
- International PhD Graduate Stream.
- International Masters Graduate Stream.
There was further good news for applicants as it was confirmed the federal government has increased the province’s allocation from 5,500 nominees in 2016, to 6,000 in 2017. The allocation was as low as 2,500 as recently as 2014.
“Immigration is key to stimulating innovation, growing our workforce and keeping us competitive in today’s global economy,” Minister Albanese said.
“By helping attract the people who have the skills and abilities we need to fill labour market gaps, Ontario is helping ensure businesses are better able to prosper and make our province even stronger,” she added.
Candidates who obtain an OINP nomination through the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream will be awarded an additional 600 points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
Those hoping to avail of this must first have at least 400 CRS points. However, a successful nomination would help those candidates leapfrog the competition, and soar above cut-offs in recent Express Entry draws.
As such, the 400-point mark is a key threshold for those aiming to receive a Notification of Interest for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.
It was also confirmed that the 2017 application process will be completed online. It’s anticipated that this will make it faster for candidates to apply, and benefit employers seeking skilled workers.
The announcement was also welcomed by Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Deputy Premier.
“The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program allows our province to attract individuals who have the right skills and experience for our economic needs.
“Attracting and retaining skilled newcomers and international students will help to create a prosperous economy based on ideas, innovation and exchange and will enrich the cultural diversity of Ontario,” Ms Matthews added.