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PhD Graduates

Ontario PhD Graduate is one of the Human Capital streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of Ontario. PhD Graduate targets recent graduates with doctoral degrees obtained at an Ontario institution and who have the intention of living and working in Ontario.

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Candidates who are successfully nominated through the Ontario PhD Graduate Stream will be invited to submit an official application for Canadian permanent residence.

Program Requirements

Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceStudy Experience
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencyNo minimum
Level of EducationPhD
Work ExperienceNo minimum
Investment RequirementNone

Connection to Ontario

Candidates must demonstrate past residency in Ontario. Successful applicants must show that they have resided in Ontario for at least 12 out of the 24 months prior to the application and they must be residing in Ontario when their application is submitted.


Level of Education

In order to qualify for the Ontario PhD Graduate stream, candidates must have completed a doctoral degree from an eligible Ontario institutions within the last two years. At least two years of study must have been completed in Ontario.


Settlement Funds

All candidates for the Ontario PhD Graduate stream must meet the settlement funds requirement as determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This can be demonstrated through their own finances, or through maintaining a valid offer of employment.


Intention to Reside

Applications also require proof of intention to reside in Ontario permanently, possibly through an Ontario job offer or family connections.

Application Procedure

The Ontario PhD Graduate stream opens to accept new applications during limited intake periods. Only a limited number of applications are accepted at each intake period. Intake periods are not always announced in advance, and usually reach their quota and close quickly. When the program does open, interested candidates must register by creating a One-Key account with the e-Filing System. After registering, applicants have 14 calendar days to submit their complete application.

The OINP application fee is $1,500 CAD. 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 has six months to 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.

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