Ontario reopens Masters and PhD Graduate Streams

January 29, 2018

Sources : canadastudynews.com

Two prominent streams under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), the Masters Graduate Stream and the PhD Graduate Stream, reopened on January 29 to eligible international graduates.

This is the first time these first-come, first-served streams have opened in 2018. Both usually reach their intake limit quickly. The Masters Graduate Stream already reached its application intake limit hours after reopening. The PhD Graduate Stream remains open at this time.

An update posted on the Government of Ontario page says the OINP is monitoring the intake of applications with respect to the limits of Ontario’s 2018 federal nomination allocation. This year the province’s overall allocation is 6,600 new nominations, an increase of 600 over 2017.

No job offer required

A key appeal of both the PhD Graduate Stream and Masters Graduate Streams is the fact applicants do not need a job offer in order to apply.

Furthermore, applicants to both streams do not have to be currently living in Canada.

Successful applicants receive a ‘base’ provincial nomination certificate and can then submit an application for permanent residence to the federal government.

The term ‘base’ is used to refer to immigration streams that are not aligned with the federal Express Entry system, but still provide a route to Canadian permanent resident status.

Immigration authorities in Ontario inform interested applicants that applications to OINP streams can only be made via the OINP e-Filing Portal.

Further warnings from the province encourage applicants to review the program application guides before applying for any possible changes to criteria and processing procedures as a result of the Ontario Immigration Act, which came into effect on January 1, 2018.

Eligibility requirements

INTERNATIONAL MASTERS GRADUATES PHD GRADUATES
Must intend to live and work in Ontario. Must intend to live and work in Ontario
Must have graduated from an existing Master’s program at an eligible publicly funded university in Ontario.

  • The program of study must have been at least one year in length and must have been completed on a full-time basis.
Must have successfully completed all PhD program requirements at an eligible publicly-funded university in Ontario.

  • At least two years of PhD studies must have been completed at the Ontario university.
Must submit the application within two years of the date on which the Masters degree was granted. Must submit the application within two years of the date on which the PhD was granted.
Must have legal status (i.e. study permit, work permit, visitor record) if living in Ontario at the time of the application:

  • Applicants may be living outside Canada at the time of application; however, individuals living in Canada but outside Ontario are ineligible to apply.
  • Candidates do not need to have legal status in Canada if they are applying from outside Canada.
Must have legal status (i.e. study permit, work permit, visitor record) if living in Canada at the time of the application:

  • Applicants to this stream do not have to be living in Canada at the time of application.
  • Candidates do not need to have legal status in Canada if they are applying from outside Canada.
Must demonstrate an adequate intermediate proficiency level in English or French of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies (speaking, reading, writing, and listening). Must show that they have resided in Ontario for at least 12 cumulative months in the 24 months before submitting an application.
Must be able to show a minimum level of savings and/or income in order to support themselves and their dependents.
Must show that they have resided in Ontario for at least 12 cumulative months in the 24 months before submitting an application.


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