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A Guide to Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) Changes in 2024

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The year 2024 has ushered in notable adjustments to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), specifically expanding eligibility for international students holding one-year graduate certificates. In this guide, we'll break down the changes and provide you with everything you need to know about navigating the OINP landscape in 2024.
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Published on:  Jan 9, 2024
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Understanding the Prior Criteria (Before January 1, 2024)

Before the dawn of 2024, students seeking eligibility under the OINP’s Employer Job Offer: International Student stream were required to hold a one-year certificate from an Ontario college. However, the eligibility was limited to cases where the program necessitated a degree for admission.

Embracing Change: Effective January 1, 2024

As of January 1, 2024, OINP has broadened its eligibility criteria. Now, applicants with a one-year college program leading to an Ontario College Graduate Certificate are qualified to submit their applications. This shift significantly expands the range of eligible college certificate programs, offering more opportunities for aspiring immigrants.

Timeline Matters: Application Considerations

The amendment came into effect on January 1, 2024. If you submitted your application before this date, rest assured that these changes won't impact the processing of your application. The modifications are applicable to applications submitted after the specified date.

Comparing Program Requirements and Eligibility

Prior to January 1, 2024:

  • Students with a one-year certificate were eligible only if their program required a degree for admission.
  • Most certificates were deemed ineligible.

Effective January 1, 2024:

  • Students with a one-year certificate resulting in an Ontario College Graduate Certificate are eligible.
  • Most one-year graduate certificate programs in Ontario become eligible.

Expression of Interest (EOI) Scoring Factors and Institutional Revisions

To align with these changes, OINP has revised the EOI scoring factors, including additional Canadian educational credentials and the highest educational credential. It is essential for existing registrants to review these changes for accurate information.

Stay Informed: Checking OINP Website for Criteria and Regulations

For potential applicants, staying updated on the OINP website is crucial. Ensure you meet all the stream criteria, including the revised requirements and scoring factors. The list of eligible educational institutions has also been revised, making it essential to verify the latest information before submitting your application.


As we embrace these changes in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program for 2024, the landscape of opportunities widens. With an expanded list of eligible programs and revised scoring factors, aspiring immigrants have more avenues to explore. Keep yourself informed, check the OINP website regularly, and embark on your immigration journey with confidence in the evolving and welcoming province of Ontario.

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