Ontario’s Employer Job Offer: International Student stream is for individuals who recently graduates from an eligible study program in Canada. The International Student stream requires candidates to have a job offer from an Ontario employer for a skilled position. This is your complete guide to the OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student stream.

Successful applicants to this Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will receive a provincial nomination from Ontario, allowing the applicant to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent resident status. The spouse/common-law partner of the applicant, as well as any dependent children, may also be included on the application.

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Eligibility requirements: Applicants

Please note: this stream uses a points-based ranking system to invite candidates to apply for nomination. Meeting the minimum eligibility criteria does not guarantee you will receive an invitation. Refer to the section below for details on the points breakdown.

In order to be eligible for the OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student stream, candidates must meet the following requirements:

Canadian educational credential

  • a degree or diploma that takes at least two years to complete if you study on a full-time basis, or
  • a degree, diploma or certificate that takes at least one year to complete if you study on a full-time basis and that requires a completed degree as an admission requirement

This credential must have been completed at an institution in Canada and at least half of the program must have been completed while living and studying in Canada.

Job offer from an Ontario employer

Candidates must hold a job offer from an Ontario employer that meets the following conditions:

  • for a full-time and permanent position
  • for a position at National Occupation Classification Skill Level 0, A, or B
  • be paid at a level higher than the low wage level for that occupation in the specific region of Ontario where the employment will take place
  • the position must be urgently necessary to the employer’s business

Please note that the employer must meet certain requirements, as well. Refer below for more details.

Other eligibility criteria

Candidates must meet several additional eligibility criteria in order to apply:

  • have the intention to reside in Ontario
  • have legal status in Canada at the time of application and maintain that status during processing
  • be medically and criminally admissible to Canada

Eligibility requirements: Employers

To be eligible to provide a qualifying job offer for the Employer Job Offer: International Student stream, the employer must have been in active business for at least three years prior to the date the application is submitted and must have business premises in Ontario. As well, the employer must meet the following criteria:

Revenue requirements

The employer must meet the revenue requirement for the most recent completed fiscal year:

  • a minimum of $1,000,000 in total gross annual revenue if the applicant will work or report to work at a location in the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions) or
  • a minimum of $500,000 in total gross annual revenue if the applicant will work or report to work at a location outside the Greater Toronto Area

Full-time employee requirements

The employer must have one of the following (at the time the application is submitted):

  • at least five full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents who work at the location where you will work, or will report to work, if you will work or report to work at a location in the Greater Toronto Area (City of Toronto, Durham, Halton, York and Peel regions) or
  • at least three full-time employees who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents who work at the location where you will work, or will report to work, if you will work or report to work at a location outside the Greater Toronto Area

If an employer meets these requirements, they must make an application for approval of the employment position by filling out and signing an OINP Employer Form (downloadable on this page).

Application procedure

To apply to the OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student stream, candidates must follow these five steps:

Step One: Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

The International Student stream uses a points-based ranking system to invite the top-ranked candidates to apply. In order to be considered for an invitation to apply (ITA), candidates must begin by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) using the OINP e-Filing Portal.

After submitting an EOI, candidates will receive a score based on the OINP EOI Selection System.

Step Two: Receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA)

Periodically, the OINP will conduct a draw for candidates. In these draws, invitations will be issued to candidates who have submitted EOIs and received a certain threshold of points.

Step Three: Submit an application for provincial nomination

Once a candidates receives an invitation to apply (ITA), they are given 14 calendar days to submit an application. These applications can be submitted electronically using a ONe-key account. Applications require extensive personal information and supporting documentation — ensure you’re ready if you receive an ITA.

Step Four: Receive a provincial nomination

The processing time varies for OINP applications. Generally, an application will be processed somewhere between 30 and 150 days. If an application is approved, the applicant receives a formal provincial nomination from the province of Ontario.

Step Five: Submit a federal application for permanent resident status

With a provincial nomination, candidates are eligible to submit an application to the federal government for permanent resident status. This application will include extensive personal information and supporting documentation — similar to the application for provincial nomination.

Notably, the Employer Job Offer streams are not aligned with Canada’s Express Entry system — this means that the applications are processed at a slower pace. Applicants should be prepared to wait more than one year for applications to be processed.

Ontario’s EOI selection system — points breakdown

The OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student stream uses a points-based ranking system to assess Expressions of Interest (EOI) submitted by candidates. Periodically, Ontario will invite candidates with a certain threshold of points to apply — refer to the draw history for more details.

The points breakdown is as follows:

OINP EOI Selection System — Points Breakdown

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OINP EOI Selection System — Points Breakdown
Job offer: NOC skill level
(Not applied to Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams.)
NOC Skill Level A – 10 points
NOC Skill Level B – 8 points
NOC Skill Level C – 0 points
NOC Skill Level D – 0 points
Job offer: NOC type
(Not applied to Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams.)
NOC Type 0,1,2,3,9 – 10 points
NOC Type 4,5,6,7,8 – 5 points
Job offer: wage
(Not applied to Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams.)
$40 per hour or higher – 10 points
$20 to $39.99 per hour – 5 points
Less than $20 per hour – 0 points
Canadian work experience: length
(Cumulative)
12 Months or more – 4 points
Less than 12 months – 0 points
Canadian work experience: NOC Skill Level
NOC Skill Level A – 3 points
NOC Skill Level B – 0 points
NOC Skill Level C – 0 points
NOC Skill Level D – 0 points
Canadian work experience: earnings history
$40k or more earnings in a year – 3 points
Less than $40k earnings in a year – 0 points
Highest level of education
(Only applied to International Student stream)
PhD – 10 points
Masters – 8 points
Bachelors or equivalent – 6 points
College diploma or trade certificate – 5 points
Less than college or trade certificate – 0 points
Field of study
(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams)
Engineering – 10 points
Health care – 10 points
Math and Computer Science – 9 points
Business and Administration – 7 points
Trades – 7 points
Social, Legal, Education and Science – 6 points
Arts and Humanities – 5 points
Canadian education experience
(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams.)
More than one Canadian credential – 10 points
One Canadian credential – 5 points
Official language ability
(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams.)
CLB 9 or higher – 10 points
CLB 8 – 6 points
CLB 7 – 4 points
CLB 6 or lower – 0 points
Knowledge of official languages
(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams.)
2 Official Languages – 10 points
1 Official Language – 5 points
Regional immigration: location of job Offer
(Not applied to Masters or PhD streams.)
Outside GTA – 10 points
Inside GTA – 6 points
Regional immigration: location of study
(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams)
Outside GTA – 10 points
Inside GTA – 6 points
Strategic priorities
(To address immediate labour market needs in the province or a region of the province.)
As determined by OINP on the expression of interest system invitation to apply webpage – 10 points (if in use).

OINP Draw Results — Employer Job Offer category

These are the most recent draw results for the OINP Job Offer category (includes the International Student, Foreign Worker, and In-Demand Skills streams):

OINP Draw Results — Employer Job Offer category

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Date of drawStreamNumber of ITAsMinimum points requiredAdditional info
Sept 22In-Demand Skills65Invitations issued to candidates in these NOCs (province-wide):
3413, 4412, 8431, 8432, 8611, 9462

And in the following NOCs (outside the GTA only):
9411, 9416, 9417, 9418, 9421, 9422, 9437, 9446, 9461, 9523, 9526, 9536, 9537
Sept 22In-Demand Skills7Targeted draw for Regional Immigration Pilot candidates.
Sept 21Foreign Worker40637
Sept 21International Student52361
Sept 21Foreign Worker36not applicableTargeted draw for Regional Immigration Pilot candidates.
Sept 21International Student30not applicableTargeted draw for Regional Immigration Pilot candidates.
August 11In-Demand Skills48not applicableInvitations issued to candidates in these NOCs (province-wide):
3413, 4412, 8431, 8432, 8611, 9462

And in the following NOCs (outside the GTA only):
9411, 9416, 9417, 9418, 9421, 9422, 9437, 9446, 9461, 9523, 9526, 9536, 9537
August 6International Student1not applicableTargeted draw for Economic Mobility Pathways Project candidates.
August 6Foreign Worker1not applicableTargeted draw for Economic Mobility Pathways Project candidates.
July 15In-Demand SkillsUnknownUnknownInvitations issued to candidates in these NOCs (province-wide): 3413, 4412, 8431, 8432, 8611, 9462

And in the following NOCs (outside the GTA only): 9411, 9416, 9417, 9418, 9421, 9422, 9437, 9446, 9461, 9523, 9526, 9536, 9537
July 13Foreign Worker1,21133
July 13Foreign Worker24not applicableInvitations were issued to candidates with job offers in communities designated in the Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot
July 13International Student43162
July 13International Student19not applicableInvitations were issued to candidates with job offers in communities designated in the Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot
June 16Foreign Worker56938
June 16International Student37166
May 25Foreign Worker64not applicableInvitations were issued to candidates with job offers in communities designated in the Ontario Regional Immigration Pilot
May 18International Student13877
May 11, 2021Foreign Worker8131Invitations were issued to candidates in the following occupations:
Health care occupations
3012 - Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
3112 - General practitioners and family physicians
3121 - Optometrists
3122 - Chiropractors
3124 - Allied primary health practitioners
3125 - Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
3131 - Pharmacists
3132 - Dietitians and nutritionists
3141 - Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
3213 - Animal health technologists and veterinary technicians
3214 - Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists
3215 - Medical radiation technologists
3216 - Medical sonographers
3232 - Practitioners of natural healing
3236 - Massage therapists
Skilled trades occupations
7241 - Electricians (except industrial and power system)
7271 - Carpenters
7291 - Roofers and shinglers
7302 - Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews
7312 - Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7313 - Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics
7316 - Machine fitters
7318 - Elevator constructors and mechanics

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