Immigration News: OINP Changes Application System for French-Speakers

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream has made some changes to how they will accept applications as of January 23, 2017.


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The OINP announced the launch of a new online application system for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream on their website yesterday. The new system should make it easier for people to apply, and decrease application processing times.

This is part of a general movement in immigration away from paper applications towards online application systems. The OINP has announced they intend to develop additional online application systems over the coming months.

If you received a Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario before January 23, 217, you can still submit a paper application by mail. However, if you received a NOI after that date, you have to submit your application online.

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The OINP is a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) run by the Province of Ontario. It is divided up into different streams, and each stream has its own eligibility criteria and application process. Some programs are completely managed by the individual province and others are aligned with the federal Express Entry system.

While PNPs are run by the provinces, the end result of any Canadian immigration program is the same: permanent residence.

As a Canadian permanent resident, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees your right to live and work anywhere in the country.

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The French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream of the OINP is an economic immigration program for people who can speak and understand both French and English.

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It’s only open to candidates who are in the Express Entry pool, so if you’re an Express Entry candidate who meets the additional eligibility requirements of the program, this stream could be your fastest route to Canadian permanent residence.

If you’re invited to apply to the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and your application is accepted, you receive a provincial nominee certificate. This certificate grants you an additional 600 CRS points, virtually guaranteeing you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence in the next Express Entry draw.



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