What is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)?
First of all, each province and territory in Canada has its own immigration programs.
On the other hand, immigration is the jurisdiction of the Federal government. This means provinces and territories have no powers over the actual immigration applications, such as permanent residency applications.
However, provinces and territories have the power to select and welcome immigrants. Hence, there are nomination programs. In other words, if a province or territory nominates you, it merely means they want you to settle in that province or territory.
Then you need to apply for permanent residency from the federal government with the nomination.
To emphasize, each province or territory sets its own selection criteria for PNP, and they can be very different.
Therefore, we only offer advice and representation with respect to the OINP.
Last but not least, the PNP only facilitates PR applications. There are no PNPs for temporary resident applications.
What is the Ontario PNP?
The Ontario PNP is called the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP).
The OINP has 3 categories: employer job offer, human capital, and business. Further, each category contains a number of streams that target different people.
Currently, the OINP has the following 9 streams:
Foreign Worker stream
International Student stream
In-Demand Skills stream
Masters Graduate stream
PhD Graduate stream
French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream
Human Capital Priorities stream
Skilled Trades stream
To emphasize, the OINP only selects foreign workers, international students, and business people. In other words, the OINP does not cover family sponsorship or refugee claimants.
New system for the OINP
On April 28, 2021, Ontario introduced a new Expression of Interest (EOI) system for the OINP.
Generally speaking, the EOI works in a similar way as the current Express Entry system. In other words, it is an algorithm.
To apply under the EOI, firstly, candidates need to register their interest in the EOI and receive a score. Then, the OINP selects candidates based on a number of criteria including the stream, occupation, score, etc.
How does the OINP work?
The OINP currently uses three systems for different streams after the launching of the new EOI system.
The three systems are the EOI system, system that accepts Express Entry candidates, and system for the business category.
Firstly, the EOI system administers the following streams:
Secondly, the system that accepts Express Entry candidates covers the following streams:
Last but not least, the system for the business category covers:
Therefore, following the correct procedure is very important if you want to apply under the OINP.
If you are unsure, we can also help with your questions.
Am I eligible for the OINP?
First of all, you need to know that each stream under the OINP has its own eligibility criteria.
For the Foreign Worker Stream, International Student stream, and In-Demand Skills stream, you first need a full-time and permanent job offer from an employer in Ontario.
On the other hand, for the Masters and PhD Graduate streams, you must have graduated from a university in Ontario within 2 years after completing the studies.
Then, for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, Human Capital Priorities Stream, and Skilled Trades stream, you need to first get an invitation in your Express Entry profile.
Further, there may be requirements for employers.
If you have trouble meeting the criteria, we can also help you to meet the requirements.
Challenge a negative OINP decision
You can file a review request on a refusal decision under the OINP. We can also represent you in the process.
OINP and permanent residency for LGBT
Ontario is a home for many LGBT people. In fact, living in Ontario is a big factor for the OINP.
For those who are not eligible under other programs, the OINP may be an easy and quick pathway to permanent residence.
What we do?
First, we help LGBT to get Canadian permanent residence via the OINP, and we create a safe and friendly place for people with immigration needs.
Then, we personalize our services for you, which may include any of the following:
Help you to determine your eligibility,
If you are not currently eligible, we help you to meet the eligibility,
Identify potential inadmissibility issues and properly address them before you apply,
Assist you in collecting or preserving the supporting documents,
Provide other advice and instructions as needed that could be critical to a successful application, and
Complete, prepare, organize, and submit your application on your behalf.
Book an initial assessment today or contact us directly.