International Students with a Job Offer

Ontario International Students is one of the Employer Job Offer streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of Ontario. The International Students stream targets foreign nationals who have completed a Canadian educational credential and who have a job offer from an Ontario employer.

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Important Update

The Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream opened to accepting applications on March 3rd, 2020. Intake was met the same day and the stream is now closed.

Candidates who are successfully nominated through the Ontario International Students stream will be invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence.

Program Requirements

Requirement 
Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceNo
Job OfferYes
Language ProficiencyNo minimum
Level of EducationPost-secondary
2 years
Work ExperienceNo minimum
Investment RequirementNone
  Ontario International Students has certain requirements which must be met by both the foreign national applicant and the Ontario employer.

Applicant Requirements

Job Offer

In order to qualify for the Ontario International Students stream, a foreign national must have a valid job offer from an Ontario employer. The job offer must be for a full-time position, paid at or above the low wage level for that occupation in Ontario. The position must be at National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, or B.

Level of Education

Any person applying to this stream must have completed a Canadian educational credential within the previous two years and which meets one of the two following conditions:

  • A degree or diploma that takes at least two years of full-time study to complete, or;
  • A degree or diploma that takes one year to complete but which requires a previously completed degree as a prerequisite for admission.

Please note that certain educational institutions are not eligible for this stream of immigration. Candidates should check with the OINP prior to applying to ensure that their educational credential is accepted.

Licence

If the position being offered to the applicant requires a licence to practice in Ontario, then the applicant must hold the valid licence, certificate, or authorization to practice the profession. The licence must have been issued by an eligible regulatory body in Ontario.

Intention to Reside

All applicants to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) must prove their intention to reside in the province. This can be shown through connections to the province (relatives, past education, etc.), investment in the province (purchase of property), or efforts to participate in Ontario society (volunteering, work experience, etc.).

Employer Requirements

In order for an applicant to apply to the Ontario International Students stream, they must have a valid job offer from an eligible Ontario employer.

Job Offer Requirements

The employer must offer a full-time, indeterminate position with a wage that meets industry standards.

Business Requirements

The business must be established and in good standing in Ontario with a history of good workplace and business practices. The business must also meet minimum gross annual revenue and employee requirements:

  • Inside of the Greater Toronto Area: A minimum of $1 million CAD in gross annual revenue, and; At least five full-time employees.
  • Outside of the Greater Toronto Area: A minimum of $500,000 CAD in gross annual revenue, and; At least three full-time employees.

Recruitment Requirements

The employer must demonstrate that reasonable efforts were made to recruit a Canadian to fill the position prior to offering the position to a foreign national unless the foreign national already has authorization to work in Ontario.

Did you know?

Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA): If an LMIA is necessary for the work permit of the foreign national then a copy of the positive LMIA must be included with the application.

Application Procedure

Eligible applicants can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) through OINP’s e-Filing Portal for the chance to be invited to apply for nomination. Profiles are ranked on an OINP points-based system. The highest-ranking candidates will be issued an invitation to apply in one of the OINP draws.

Once an invitation is received, the applicant has 14 calendar days to apply for nomination.

If the province approves the application, Ontario will notify the applicant they have been selected for provincial nomination. This notification will be sent to the applicant’s ONe-Key account within the e-Filing Portal.

After receiving a provincial nomination, an applicant must submit a federal application for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants in this program must complete and submit a paper-based application for permanent residence and submit it by mail to the appropriate application centre. Paper-based PNP applications for permanent residence are generally processed within 18 months.

Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream Ranking System

FactorMaximum Points
Job offerNOC skill level10
NOC type10
Wage10
Canadian Work Experience Length4
NOC skill level3
Earnings history3
EducationHighest level of education10
Field of study10
Canadian education experience10
LanguageOfficial language ability (CLB level)10
Knowledge of official languages (English, French, or both)10
Regional Immigration Location of job offer10
Location of study10
Strategic ProritiesOntario may award additional points to address labour market needs as required10
Total Available Points120

Ontario Employer Job Offer International Student Stream - Recent Draws & Invitation History

Below is the information regarding recent Ontario Employer Job Offer draws under the International Student categories.

Date of drawNumber of invitations issuedDate profiles createdMinimum scoreDescription
21 September 2021523April 28, 2021-September 21, 2021 61General Draw
21 September 202130April 28, 2021-September 21, 2021 N/ARegional Immigration Pilot candidates targeted
6 August 20211April 28, 2021 – August 6, 2021N/AEconomic Mobility Pathways Project candidates targeted
13 July 202119April 28, 2021 – July 13, 2021 N/ARegional Immigration Pilot candidates targeted
13 July 2021431April 28, 2021 – July 13, 2021 62General draw
16 June 2021371April 28, 2021 – Jun 16, 2021 66General draw
26 May 2021147April 28, 2021 – May 26, 2021 73General draw
26 May 202111April 28, 2021 – May 26, 2021 N/ARegional Immigration Pilot candidates targeted
18 May 2021138April 28, 2021 – May 18, 2021 77General draw

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