In-demand workers may now apply for provincial nomination from Ontario through the new Expression of Interest (EOI) system. The EOI system of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is now open for candidates under the In-demand Skills Stream of Employer Job Offer category.
The Foreign Worker Stream and the International Student Stream under the Employer Job Offer category had already been there in the EOI system of the OINP. These are the first two streams that were brought under the OINP EOI system. Ontario PNP launched the Expression of Interest system for the first time in March 2021. Now the remaining In-demand Skills Stream of the Employer Job Offer category has also been added to the EOI system.
However, the province is yet to introduce an EOI system for Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams. According to the information provided on the OINP webpage, these programs will also be brought under the Expression of Interest system soon. It is expected that the EOI system would make the intake process through these streams fairer and smoother.
How does EOI system work?
Under the EOI system, an interested candidate needs to submit an Expression of Interest in order to be considered for provincial nomination. Each Expression of Interest submitted in this manner is assessed on the basis of various eligibility factors such as education, work experience and language proficiency. Those with the highest scores will be invited to apply for provincial nomination. The Expression of Interest profiles will remain valid in the EOI pool of Ontario 12 months.
Ontario In-Demand Skills Stream
The In-Demand Skills Stream of OINP is primarily aimed to cater to the labour market needs of the province. The candidates need to have a job offer and work experience of at least nine months in Ontario. The minimum educational qualification is high school and minimum language score is 4 in all proficiencies. The candidates must also have sufficient settlement funds and meet other requirements.