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Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program


Ontario PNP criteria require meeting the point score, ‘determined by the director.’ The applicant can migrate through different streams where the Ontario PNP requirements are different depending on the streams opted for. The streams of selection are - Ontario Express Entry, General category (employer), International Students Category, and Business category.


Ontario is an economically strong province and is home to the largest city, Toronto. Known as the latest Silicon Valley of Canada, Ontario is a paradise of work for IT professionals. Further, the weather is wonderful, the housing is affordable, and the crime is negligible. This makes Ontario one of the best places to settle. If you are a skilled worker, then an ideal way for you to live in Ontario is through the nomination or Permanent residency.


The Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) is the mode through which the applicant can settle in the Ontario province Permanently; for this, one will have to meet the Ontario PNP criteria. Through the provincial nomination, the province can meet the labor market requirement as per the occupation demand. For Ontario immigration, there are two popular ways.


  • Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP)
  • Ontario PNP express entry process – in which Ontario is referred to as the preferred location.


In the Ontario PNP express entry process the candidate has the choice to either apply directly to the Express Entry program where the preference can be Ontario in the profile or the second way is that the candidate can also create a separate profile for the Ontario region under the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program(OINP).


Ontario PNP express entry process Point Calculator 2020

In the Ontario PNP express entry process, the candidates are graded as per the following details:


Single applicants



With Spouse / Common-law partner







Spouse or common Law partner


Spouse or common Law partner






Bonus Points


Bonus Points


Grand Total


Grand Total



Ontario considers the Express Entry System Score for selection. For this, the minimum required selection score is ‘determined by the director.’ This point score rule was decided in 2018, and since then, the candidates who achieve minimum scores are allowed to immigrate to Ontario as per the immigration program. 


Selection through the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program (OINP) gives an advantage of the 600 extra points in the Express Entry profile.


Let us look at the Ontario PNP criteria in detail by learning about the different streams of selection

a) Ontario Express Entry
  • Ontario Express Entry Priorities stream
  • Ontario Express Entry: French-speaking skilled workers Stream
  • Foreign workers with a job offer
  • c) International Students Category
    • An international student with a job offer
    • International Students - Masters Graduation Stream
    • International Students – Ph.D. graduate stream
    d) Business category
    • Corporate stream
    • Entrepreneur Stream


    Ontario Express Entry

    For this, the applicant should file an Expression of Interest ( EOI) in the Express Entry Pool. The applicants are evaluated as per age, language, education, and work experience, etc. The candidates who meet the eligibility criterion as per the score they can get shortlisted through this stream and receive a Notification of Interest (NOI).


    General category (employer)

    Through this, Ontario employers can recruit skilled foreign workers. For this, both the Canadian employer and the selected candidate are required to submit the application then only the nomination certificate is issued in this category. Further, at least two years of work experience in a permanent full-time job is eligible.


    International Students

    The students can apply to different universities like the University of Toronto and the University of waterloo etc. For this, no English language requirement is there for selection.


    Business Category

    The business category has requirements of corporation investing of 5 million $CAD or more with the necessity of creating five permanent full-time jobs in the region. The applicant should be a key member in daily operations etc. In the Entrepreneur category, a minimum of three years of experience in ownership or management of the business of the same accord is essential.


    What are the Ontario PNP requirements for eligibility?

    Meeting the Ontario PNP requirements makes the candidate eligible for the program.


    Some of the Ontario PNP requirements are provided below:

    • Educational qualification of a degree at least three years in any degree which should be equivalent to the level of education in Canada
    • Applicant should have a minimum work experience of one year as per the occupation list of Ontario in which the skills should come under National Occupation Classification (NOC) Skill type O, A or B. The occupation should be in demand in the Ontario region.
    • The candidate should display the intention to live and work in the province.
    • The candidate should have the minimum required point score in the region
    • The language skills minimum score should be met. It could be met in the English language or French language


    What is the paperwork included in the Ontario documents checklist?

    Documentation is an important aspect of the immigration process. Below is the Ontario documents checklist for 2020 –

    • Notification of Interest (NOI) letter from Ontario Province
    • Two Photographs
    • passport
    • Birth Certificate
    • Marriage / Divorce certificate (If applicable)
    • Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) documents
    • Language test results
    • Employment reference letter
    • proof of Settlement funds – bank statements
    • Documents of Family members (If applicable)


    What is the Ontario processing time?

    The Ontario processing time in all the categories is 30 to 60 days. Except for the two types in which the time limit is dependent on the nature of the application, i.e., Entrepreneurship and Corporate stream. For these two cases, the applications are processed based on individual circumstances. However, in some cases, it can take less than 30 days if the applicant is applying through the Ontario Express Entry Skilled Traders Stream. The Ontario processing time is subject to change as per the current status of the province as well.


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    No, There is no cost to completing an Express Entry profile. After you receive an ITA and submit a full application you will be required to pay application fee…for more details call us directly.

    Yes, one can easily apply being in job because express entry process run simultaneously.

    If your spouse, or common law partner accompanying & have graduation, post graduation or any higher qualification you can get ECA done this will increase CRS points, there is no compulsion.

    The basic thing that you should aware of your profile eligibility before you apply, there are certain steps to follow like get qualification assessed by ECA prepare IELTS and follow the Federal System of inviting skilled immigrants in Canada is called Express Entry Program. The program is one of the most popular way to applying to Permanent Resident Visa.

    Express Entry was introduced by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) in the year 2015 This Federal system of CRS evaluates the applicants on the basis of their credentials such as present age, educational levels, work experience & skills acquired, English and French language ability etc.

    Basically Proof of funds indicates your financial stability

    Number of Family Members Funds Required (in Canadian dollars)
    1 $12,474
    2 $15,530

    Application processing fees to IRCC: $550 per person, and $150 per dependent child. Right of Permanent Residence fees to IRCC: $490 per person, no fees for dependent children. Educational Credential Assessments: around $300 per person if you count international delivery by courier.

    ECA is the only way for you to receive points for your foreign education, yes it is mandatory , you can avoid ECA only if you have any qualification done from Canada .

    No, Not really. IELTS is to know language proficiency parameter which can also be awarded by giving CELPIP-G

    TEF Canada- Exam for proving proficiency in French

    TCF Canada- Exam for proving proficiency in French

    In 75% of cases, an application submitted through Express Entry is processed within 6 months from the date it is received, processing time also depend on getting ITA also , rest left 25% cases can clear process in 9-12 months, if someone is on very low CRS then time varies case to case

    For filing your application, you need to create your express entry profile. You cannot file your express entry application if you are not having your Language Proficiency points with you . It is mandatory to appear in any of the asked tests by IRCC either is will be IELTS exam
    TEF Canada- Exam for proving proficiency in French
    TCF Canada- Exam for proving proficiency in French
    Any of the above provide you language proficiency points

    You do not need a job offer to immigrate to Canada. There are programs available for you that allow you to apply for permanent residency in Canada without securing employment beforehand. You can apply PR if you are considered a Skilled Worker.

    After you receive PR Canada you can start your job search from Indian, we also help applicant to reach wider audience of employers so that applicants profile can get more approaches, you can also refer to social media platforms like Linked in, it plays important role, make connections stay connected & explore.

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