Effective May 9, 2016, the Ontario government has paused the intake of all new applications for high-volume Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (“OINP”) streams as it has met its 2016 federal allocation. All applications for the Employer Pre-screen and International Students (Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate) streams sent after 5 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2016 will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant along with the unprocessed payment.
The OINP will, however, continue to accept applications from foreign workers and international students whose job offers have already been approved through the Employer Pre-screen application process. These applicants will have 60 days from the date of the Employer Pre-screen approval letter to apply to either of these stream.
The OINP is an immigration program that supports Ontario employers by facilitating the immigration of managerial, professional and skilled foreign workers and international students needed to meet their human resource needs. This is helpful where employers are having difficulty finding the skilled workers they need. This program enables the province of Ontario to nominate people for permanent resident status.
For more information regarding the OINP, please contact Green and Spiegel.