Ontario recently shifted its Occupations In Demand Stream in the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)’s Expression of Interest (EOI) system. Meaning that now applicants can submit their applications for the Occupations In demand subcategory through the EOI system.
The Occupations In Demand stream is joined by the Foreign Worker and International Students stream in the EOI system. However, the remaining immigration programs under the OINP include the Master's Graduate and the Ph.D. Graduate streams are yet to be shifted in the new application intake system. The OINP webpage says that these immigration streams will be part of the EOI system shortly.
What Is the Expression of Interest (EOI) System?
The EOI system allows applicants to submit their applications for the OINP at any time during the year. The EOI system ranks the applicants based on factors such as their age, language proficiency, education level, and work experience, among others.
The main purpose of the EOI system is to select applicants with skills and experience relevant to the needs of the local labor market. Recently, the OINP nominated 940 applicants to the International Student and Foreign Worker stream in the EOI system for provincial nomination.
What Is the Occupations In-Demand Stream?
The Occupations In Demand stream is offered by the OINP to facilitate the immigration of high-skilled and low-skilled foreign workers in occupations that are high in demand in Ontario’s labor market.
Applicants must have at least 9 months of cumulative work experience gained in the province in the last 3 years from non-seasonal employment. Applicants must also have at least a high school diploma and language proficiency in English or French, among other things.