Introducing the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) on Master’s Graduate Stream

Canada invited prospective students in the Expression of Interest system pool who might be eligible for the Master’s Graduate stream to apply by October 30, 2023. A candidate was only invited if their score was 43 or higher.

Before that, you need to register in the OINP’s Expression of Interest System, and then you will get an invitation to apply. Once nominated by the Ontario government, you will apply to the federal government through the IRCC. Ultimately, they hold the power to grant you the coveted status of a permanent resident.

Masters Graduate stream requirements:

After receiving the invitation to apply, then you can submit your master’s graduate stream application. Your application will be approved if you fulfill all the requirements.

These are:

  1. Expression of interest and invitation to apply:

You must have received an invitation to apply within the specified deadline. It is essential to demonstrate that you possess the qualifications you claimed in your expression of interest that you registered with the OINP.

  1. Education:

To be eligible for the master’s graduate stream, you must have fulfilled the requirements to obtain a master’s degree. These include:

  • Completion of at least one academic year of full-time study. That must consist of at least 15 hours of instruction per week over the academic year, including any workplace training as part of your studies. Part-time studies may be considered if the program equals one full-time academic year.
  • Your degree must be from an eligible university in Ontario.
  1. Language

You must have fluency in English or French at a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of level 7 or above. To demonstrate this proficiency, you must take an approved English or French language test within two years before applying for this stream.

Accepted English tests include the International English Language Testing (IELTS) and the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) (both will be done as general tests).

Accepted French tests include the French Assessment Test for Canada (TEF) and the French Knowledge Test for Canada (TCF)

  1. Ontario Residency Requirements:

Within the past two years, before applying, you need to stay there legally in Ontario for at least one year. In between the living period, you make gaps also. But the total duration at Ontario should be 12 months in a complete two years.

  1. Financial Stability: 

When planning to move to Canada, you should have the required funds to support yourself and your family. Your family members should be your spouse, common-law partner, and children under 22 (including their children).

To meet this requirement, you have various options:

  • You can display sufficient funds, as evidenced by bank statements or investment statements.
  • You can show your annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario.
  • You can present a current job offer in Ontario.
  1. Intention to Reside in Ontario:

To be eligible for permanent residence in Ontario, you need to show a genuine intention to live in the province. The country will assess this by reviewing your connections to Ontario, such as:

  • Currently working in Ontario
  • Receiving job offers in Ontario
  • Pursuing studies in Ontario
  • Owning or leasing property in Ontario
  • Regularly visiting Ontario
  • Having professional networks, family ties, or personal relationships in Ontario
  1. Residency Requirement at the Time of Application:

When you submit your application, you must meet one of the following residency requirements:

  • You live in Ontario with legal status, such as a study or work permit or visitor record.
  • Living outside of Canada

Please note that if you are residing in a province or territory other than Ontario within Canada, you are not eligible to apply at this time.

  1. Legal Status in Canada:

To be eligible for the application, you must have legal status in Canada, which includes having a visitor record, study permit, or work permit. It is essential to maintain this legal status throughout the entire nomination process.

  1. Application Deadline:

Your application must be submitted within two years of completing the requirements for your master’s degree. This refers to the date of your degree, not the date you received the invitation to apply.

How do you know your score factors?

When you express interest in this stream, your points will be tallied based on the following factors:

  • With a valid work or study permit, you will get 10 points.
  • $40k or more earnings in a year, you will get 3 points.

If you’re invited to apply, you must provide documentation for each scoring factor that earned you points. It’s important to note that scoring factors are different from stream criteria. Make sure to meet all requirements and include the required documents when you apply.

How can Federpath Consultants help you?

Need help to increase your score to settle permanently in Ontario? We are here to help you. Our expertise ensures that your application meets all the necessary requirements and stands out from the crowd. We provide personalized support, assisting you in reviewing documents. Even after submission, our ongoing guidance helps address any inquiries or requests from immigration authorities, ensuring a smooth process. Reach us at 9052350583 to book a consultation session and confidently pursue your immigration goals.

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