The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will be pausing to accept new applications under the as of April 26, 2019.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) said it is necessary to stop the intake of applications for the Employer Job Offer: International Student and Foreign Worker streams on account of a remarkable rise in the number submitted this year compared to previous years.
The category's In-Demand Skills Stream nevertheless remains open to applicants.
The OINP cites the “limited nomination allocation” as the basis for its decision to pause the intake of applications for both streams. The OINP will pursue to monitor the number of applications submitted across all streams and remarked a fair possibility of reopening both the paused fields in 2019. The OINP’s provincial nomination allocation for 2019 is set at 6,900 new immigration candidates.
The province requested the Government of Canada for an allocation increase to 7,600 nominations for 2019 in order to meet a growing demand for foreign talent among employers in the province. The asked for allocation would have been 1,000 additional nominations over its 2018 provincial allocation of 6,600.
Employer Job Offer Category of OINP:
The OINP Employer Job Offer Category supplies skilled workers who have a full-time, permanent job offer in the province with a pathway to Canadian permanent residence.
The category’s International Student Stream is accelerated toward international students in Canada or living outside the country who have completed studies at an eligible Canadian educational institution and who have a valid job offer in a full-time and permanent position in the province.
Foreign workers inside Canada or outside who have an appropriate job offer in Ontario and who can satisfy all other eligibility criteria may apply for the Foreign Worker Stream.
For both streams, the job offer must be in an occupation classified under Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Type 0 or Skill Level A or B.
The OINP also provides other immigration categories that do not require a job offer in the province.