Ontario’s OINP streams will be recurrently opened for the rest of 2017

Ontario’s OINP streams will be recurrently opened for the rest of 2017

Ontario’s OINP streams will be recurrently opened for the rest of 2017
 
Success only means one thing, and it’s none other than the possibility of doing it again. And why not? This is what the province of Ontario is planning to do for all the streams in its very own provincial nominee program.
 
Last February 21, 2017, Ontario announced that it would reopen three streams for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Naturally, the news spread like wildfire, and it made a lot of people happy; especially those who have long dreamt of working and living in Ontario. The east-central Canadian province did not have to wait long to see the results. Just a few days after the streams’ reopening, one of them, the International Masters Graduate program, hit the intake limit, forcing Ontario to pause it temporarily to prioritize application processing.
 
So, that’s a clear sign that people are indeed interested in working in the province. That’s why the authorities immediately pondered over reopening every stream after hitting an intake limit. After all, Ontario is planning to welcome at least 6,000 foreign workers for this year. Just a few days after, two remaining newly opened streams—Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream and International Ph.D. Graduate Stream—hit their respective intake limits as well. So the government of Ontario finally said that all these streams will now be reopened and closed intermittently all throughout the year until the entire allocation of new permanent residents for 2017 has been filled.

 
So what does this mean for the applicants?
 
The assurance of these streams being reopened multiple times this year means that the candidates can now prepare in advance before submitting their application. This spells more time to process local documents or additional days and weeks to brush up on their English language skills.
 
On the other hand, the Human Capital Stream, which is linked to the federal government’s Express Entry Program, has become stricter. For instance, a candidate can only begin his/her application after receiving a Notification of Interest (NOI) from the government. Also, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points have been set to 400 for a candidate to qualify, plus the 14 day-period in which the candidate needs to submit an application after registering on OINP e-Filing Portal, the online system dedicated for such.
 
Hence, foreign workers are encouraged to prepare all the necessary documents the moment they decide to work for the country, regardless if they get an invite or not. It will also be helpful to review the points system for them to know if they have the chance to qualify for whatever stream being offered by the OINP. From this day on, it’s not just about being qualified but also being fast and well-prepared. The reason is that Ontario has decided to become extra aggressive in enticing the most talented workers into the province. It’s also worth noting that that the authorities manning the province’s immigration department have an economy and labour market to satisfy; needless to mention an immigration target to hit.
 
"Immigration is key to stimulating innovation, growing our workforce and keeping us competitive in today's global economy. By helping attract the people who have the skills and abilities we need to fill labour market gaps, Ontario is helping ensure businesses are better able to prosper and make our province even stronger,” said Ontario's Minister of Immigration Laura Albanese in a statement. To keep abreast of the updates on the OINP, the best thing to do is to check Ontario's official immigration website regularly. If you have additional questions about it, or for any visa-related queries, it's best to talk to one of our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants.
 
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