The Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP or Ontario PNP) has shifted its registration system from a first-come-first-serve to a points-based system for 5 of its immigration streams. Many other provinces use the Expression of Interest (EOI) system to select applicants based on their ability to benefit the economic and labor market.
Which Ontario PNP Immigration Streams Will Be Affected?
The OINP offers the following immigration streams that will now use the EOI registration system for new applications:
Employer Job Offer Category (OINP):
Under the Employer Job Offer Category, there are 3 different streams:
- The Foreign Worker Stream (OINP)
- The International Student Stream (OINP)
- The In-Demand Skills Stream (OINP)
International Graduate Streams:
There are 2 categories under the International Graduate Streams:
- Masters Graduate Stream (OINP)
- Ph.D. Graduate Stream (OINP)
How Does the Expression of Interest (EOI) System Work?
The EOI system requires applicants to submit their profile with information based on the immigration stream they are applying for. This usually includes information regarding their age, language proficiency, work experience, education level and connection to the province. The EOI system then assesses this profile and grants it a provincial score. The highest scoring applicants receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.
The Ontario EOI Ranking System will rank a profile based on the level and field of the applicant’s education, their language proficiency and their intent to settle outside the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). It will also assess an applicant’s skills and work experience, earning history, and other factors that reflect how their skills will be relevant to the local labor market.