Ontario recently conducted two new Expression of Interest (EOI) draws recently and invited 641 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination. The invitations were issued through the Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate Streams of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Both the draws were held on October 25.
Masters Graduate stream draw invited 535 candidates and the minimum score they required was 35. In the PhD Graduates draw, invitations were issued 106 candidates with a minimum score of 24. The candidates were selected from among those who had submitted their Expressions of Interest in the last 12 months.
Ontario Expression of Interest
The OINP’s Expression of Interest system operates for the following five streams, which are:
- Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker
- Employer Job Offer: International Student
- Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills
- Masters Graduate
- PhD Graduate
So, in order to receive an invitation under any of these streams, a candidate must first submit an Expression of Interest to the OINP. Once submitted, the candidates may update the information in the Expressions of Interest profile. The profile will remain valid for 12 months. Ontario conducts both general and targeted draws. Once the candidates receive the invitation, they may submit the application within 14 days.
Ontario Masters Graduate Stream
To be eligible under this stream, a candidate must have successfully completed a Master’s degree program from an eligible institution in Ontario. The program must be having duration of at least one year. Further, the candidates must have language proficiency equal to at least 7 in English or French. They must have resided in Ontario at least one year in the past two years. Besides, they must have sufficient settlement funds and demonstrate the intention to live and work in Ontario.
PhD Graduates Stream
The international students who have completed their PhD degree from Ontario may apply under this Stream even if they do not have a job offer. The candidate must be legally residing in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years. They must have sufficient settlement funds and demonstrate the intention to live and work in Ontario. They must have submitted the application within two years of completing the requirements to graduate with the PhD degree.
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