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Ontario Masters Graduate Stream to open to new applicants tomorrow, March 5th

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will be opening to new applications under the Masters Graduate Stream tomorrow morning, March 5th. The intake period will begin at 10:00am EST and will remain open until it reaches capacity. The stream will be accepting 1,000 applications from eligible candidates. In recent years, this intake period has opened and closed quickly, with the intake quota being met within a matter of hours.

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Applicant Criteria

The Masters Graduate Stream, offered by the province of Ontario, has become a popular route for international students to Canadian permanent resident status. This stream targets international students who have completed a Master’s degree program at an eligible university in Ontario. In addition to study experience, applicants must demonstrate a minimum language proficiency of Canadian Language Benchmark 7, must be able to show sufficient funds, and must have resided in Ontario for at least one of the past two years.

What makes this program different

Unlike many provincial immigration streams for international students, the OINP Masters Graduate Stream does not require a minimum work experience. Applicants also do not need to create an Express Entry profile to be eligible.

The historic popularity of this program means that the intake periods are rare and are open for a only a short time. For comparison, in 2018 the program opened only twice and both times the application quotas were met within a few hours. This means that applicants who have the best shot at success in the intake period must be well-prepared with proper documentation in advance. In these instances, having the help of an immigration lawyer can ensure your best chances at success navigating these quick intake periods.

The next steps

Applicants accepted during the intake who have their applications approved will receive a nomination from Ontario to apply federally for Canadian permanent residence, which must be done within six months from nomination. This federal application is paper-based, which means an average processing time of approximately 18 months.

Ontario’s Masters Graduate Stream is one pathway that effectively sets international Canadian students up for successful permanent resident status in Canada.


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