Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)

If you are considering relocating to Ontario for work, and you already have a job offer from a company located within the Ontario borders, obtaining a visa through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) may be a great option for you! In Canada, many newcomers arrive through a Provincial Nominee Program, which are aimed at helping provinces and territories match skilled workers with their local needs.

Here’s some helpful information about OINP from Settle-in.com. 

OINP is employer-centered:

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program focuses on employers. It allows companies to apply to have full-time, permanent job positions be filled by skilled foreign workers. The program then helps the companies recruit the international talent that they need to do business,  when it’s not available domestically.  Once a foreign worker is recruited by an employer, that worker can be nominated by the Province of Ontario to receive permanent residency status in Canada.

Those who have been recruited by companies to fill positions, need to submit a nominee application to OINP. These are processed on a first-come-first-served basis.

After a successful nomination, nominees need to:

  • Complete an application with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent resident status. This must happen no later than six months after being nominated by OINP.
  • They can also apply for a  temporary work permit that would be valid while the permanent residence application is being processed.  If the work permit is granted, the nominee can come to Ontario and start working at his/her new job sooner.

For more relevant information,  you can find application forms for Provincial Nominees here, learn about CIC processing times, find a visa office and check the CIC fee schedule.

Other ways to apply through OINP:

If you don’t have a job offer here in Ontario, you still may qualify to participate in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

  • The International Students Masters Graduate Stream allows masters graduates to apply to live and work permanently in Ontario even if they do not have a job offer. There’s a $1,500 fee that must be paid along with the submission of the completed nominee application. For more information read Ontario’s comprehensive guide.
  •  The International Students PhD Graduate Stream works the same way as the masters graduate stream, except it’s for those who have completed a doctoral degree. There’s the same $1,500 fee that must be paid along with the submission of the completed nominee application. You can read the application guide here. 


From all of us at Settle-in.com, we hope this information helps you understand this great option for immigrating to Ontario!


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About Jerry

Before my family and I relocated to Canada where I received a teaching opportunity at one of the country’s renowned universities, my wife and kids were naturally full of questions. What would the schools be like? How does healthcare work? Is Canadian French very different than European French? What about Canadian English verses European English? How cold are those frigid northern winters we’ve heard so much about? The only way to fully understand a new city or country is to experience it first-hand. My family and I decided to embrace our relocation as an adventure. Years after the move, we still consider “The Great White North” our home, and we couldn’t be more satisfied with our quality of life here. // Avant que ma famille et moi-même soyons relocalisés au Canada parce que j’ai eu l’opportunité d’aller enseigner dans l’une des universités assez réputée du pays, ma femme et mes enfants avaient naturellement beaucoup de questions. A quoi ressemblent les écoles ? Comment fonctionne le système de santé ? Le français canadien est-il vraiment différent de celui parlé en France ? L’anglais canadien est-il vraiment différent de celui parlé en Europe? Est-ce que les hivers sont vraiment très rigoureux? La meilleure façon de comprendre entièrement une nouvelle ville et un pays est d’en faire personnellement l’expérience. Ma famille et moi avons décidé de voir la relocalisation comme une aventure. Quelques années plus tard, nous considérons “Le Grand Nord Blanc” comme notre maison et nous ne pourrions pas être plus satisfaits.