Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) on PhD Graduate stream

Canada again issued invitations for potential candidates in the Expression of Interest pool who qualify under the PhD Graduate stream. Only those candidates with a score of 42 can receive the invitation to apply. The PhD Graduate stream presents international graduates with an Ontario PhD degree. So that they will get the chance to live and work in Ontario permanently.

Before your online application for the nomination for permanent residence by the Ontario government, you need to register first in the OINP’s Expression of Interest System. Then, you will receive an invitation to apply.

After getting approval, you must apply to the federal government through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Their final decision will help you to get a permanent residency in Canada.

PhD Graduate stream requirements:

After receiving the invitation to apply, you can submit your PhD Graduate stream application. To get approval for your application, you should fulfill all the requirements the Canadian government mentioned.

These are:

  1. Expression of interest and invitation to apply:

After receiving the invitation, submit your application before the deadline. Before that, it is necessary to prove that you have the qualifications you previously claimed in your expression of interest. Then, you need to show the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) that you meet the requirements.

  1. Education Requirements:
  • You must have that qualification that makes you eligible for a PhD degree. Also, you must have that degree from a qualified university in Ontario.
  • At least two years of your PhD studies must have been completed while you were legally living and studying in Ontario. 
  • If you have received a bursary, grant, or scholarship that requires you to return to your home country after completing your PhD, unfortunately, you don’t qualify. Only after fulfilling these commitments and showing your intention to live in Ontario can you apply.
  1. Ontario Residency Requirements:

Before applying, you need to show some proof that you have been living in Ontario for at least one year before. Your one year of residency can add up over time, allowing for gaps in between. Overall, you should have resided in Ontario for 12 months within the past two years before applying.

  1. Financial Stability: 

If you are planning to relocate to Canada, you should come with enough money to support both yourself and your family. Your family members should include your spouse, common law partner, and children under the age of 22, including their children.

To meet this requirement, you have multiple options:

  • You can show the balance in your bank statements or other investment accounts.
  • You can show your annual earnings from current employment in Ontario.
  • Also, you can present your job offer in Ontario.
  1. Intention to Reside in Ontario

To obtain permanent residence in Ontario, you need to demonstrate your genuine intention to live and work in the province. The country will assess this by looking at various indicators, such as:

  • Your work history in Ontario
  • Job offers in Ontario
  • The education you continue
  • Owner of any property.
  • Regular visit to Ontario
  • Any professional or social relationships
  1. Your Legal Status in Canada

When applying from within Canada, you must have legal status at the time of application and maintain it until the nomination process is complete.

If you are on ‘implied status’ when submitting your OINP application, you are still eligible. This means you have applied with IRCC to renew or extend your temporary status document before it expires. Until a decision is made on your application, you can work or study in Canada under the same conditions as your current permit.

  1. Application deadline:

You have two years from when you finish the requirements to get your PhD to submit your application. This is the date that your degree was awarded, not the day that you were invited to apply.

How do you know your score factors?

Your points will be calculated when you show interest in this stream according to the following criteria:

  • If your employment or study permit is still valid, you will receive 10 points.
  • Earnings of at least $40k annually will give you 3 points.

Should you receive an application invitation, you must submit supporting documents for each point you were awarded. It is imperative to acknowledge that scoring elements and stream criteria are not the same. When you apply, ensure you meet all the requirements and provide the necessary paperwork.

Are you ready to apply?

Want to check your score and make it above 43 to get your permanent residence in Canada?

Federpath Consultants can help you. We will guide you in preparing all the required documents, and those are needed. Visit our website or call us at 9052350583 to book a consultation session and make your path towards your permanent residence in Canada.

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