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How to Immigrate to Toronto, Ontario

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"Toronto is the top destination for immigrants coming to Canada owing to its multicultural and diverse community. Almost 47% of the city’s population is made up of immigrants. Toronto is also known as the economic hub of Canada with the fastest-growing tech industry. Toronto is the capital city of Ontario and has an identity for being the most vibrant global city in Canada. It is a soaring metropolis covered with skyscrapers, dwarfed by the CN tower. It also has a 400-acre High Park and other green spaces like the Queen’s Park for nature lovers."
Written by My Visa Source Team
Published on:  Apr 22, 2021
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Toronto is the top destination for immigrants coming to Canada owing to its multicultural and diverse community. Almost 47% of the city’s population is made up of immigrants. 

Toronto is also known as the economic hub of Canada with the fastest-growing tech industry. Toronto is the capital city of Ontario and has an identity for being the most vibrant global city in Canada. It is a soaring metropolis covered with skyscrapers, dwarfed by the CN tower. It also has a 400-acre High Park and other green spaces like the Queen’s Park for nature lovers. 

Thousands of immigrants choose to settle down in Toronto every year to be a part of its diverse community.

How Can You Immigrate to Toronto, Ontario?

Express Entry: 

The federal Express Entry system is the most popular way of immigration in Canada. The federal Express Entry system manages 3 federal economic immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Foreign nationals usually prefer the FSWP since the program does not require you to have Canadian work experience. 

You need to have an active Express Entry profile to qualify. Your profile will be assessed based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The CRS ranks your profile based on your age, education level, language proficiency and work experience. The highest-ranking candidates are invited to apply for permanent residence. 

Gaining permanent residence will allow you to live and work anywhere in Canada. 

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP): 

The OINP helps the province to nominate foreign nationals with the skills and experience required to fill the local labor market shortages. 

The OINP offers 4 main immigration categories (1 with Express Entry) along with their many streams offered under the two programs:

Take a look at our regularly updated Latest Express Entry Draw Updates and our Canada PNP Draw Updates.

Human Capital Category: 

The Human Capital Category is part of the federal Express Entry system linked with the PNP streams within the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) that manages permanent residency for skilled workers.

This program is for foreign skilled workers with work experience and also for international students, there are 3 different streams:

International Graduate Streams (OINP): 

The International Graduate Streams (OINP) are for international students who have graduated from an institution approved by the Ontario's government and who have recently completed their master's or doctoral degree. It has 2 streams:

  • Masters Graduate Stream (OINP)
  • Ph.D. Graduate Stream (OINP)

Employer Job Offer Category (OINP):

The Employer Job Offer Category (OINP) is for foreign temporary workers who have a valid job offer from an employer in the province. It has 3 immigration streams:

  • Foreign Worker Stream (OINP)
  • International Student Stream (OINP)
  • In-Demand Skills Stream (OINP)

Business Category (OINP): 

The Business Category (OINP) is for foreign business owners and investors who want to own, acquire, and manage a business in Ontario. It has 2 streams:

  • Entrepreneur Stream (OINP)
  • Corporate Stream (OINP)

Study in Toronto: 

Enrolling in a designated learning institution (DLI) in Toronto is a great way to improve your chances to gain permanent residency in Canada. Completing a post-secondary study program in Toronto also increases your chances of applying through the OINP and other federal-level programs. 

Most international students apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) that allows them to work anywhere in Canada. A PGWP is valid for 3 years. Gaining Canadian work experience makes you eligible for federal programs like the CEC.

Toronto hosts some of the most prestigious universities in Canada including the York University and Ryerson University. 

Work in Toronto: 

If you have a valid job offer from a designated employer in Toronto, then you can apply for a temporary work permit. To be eligible for a work permit, your employer must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) by demonstrating recruiting efforts.

A great way to improve your chances of obtaining permanent residency is to get work experience in Canada.

If you are working in a corporation with an affiliate, subsidiary, branch, or parent company in Canada, then you can get transferred to the Canadian office. This is possible through the Intra-company Transferee program. This type of work permit is exempt from an LMIA requirement. 

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