Ontario Provincial Nomination Program

Ontario is a wonderful province of Canada. Its multicultural communities, strong economy, Immigration friendly policies, job opportunities, and landscape beauty magnetize thousands of immigrants here. Ontario to facilitate the immigration of quality immigrants in the province through its well structured immigration programs OINP- Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OHCP Stream) is a prime example of the same. 

What is an Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program – OHCP (Ontario Human Capital Priorities) Stream?

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program under OHCP (Ontario Human Capital Priorities Stream is an immigration program designed for the skilled workers interested stay and work in the province of Ontario on a permanent basis. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program under OHCP (Ontario Human Capital Priorities) Stream nominates the candidates who have been selected already in the Express Entry pool of CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) and have the right skills, experience, and qualification needed by the labour market of Ontario.
The OHCP Process
A candidate does not make application directly to OHCP Stream for immigration to Ontario; however, they can only apply once they have got a notification of interest from province of Ontario through their MyCIC account.
Stepwise Procedure to apply for OHCP stream 
Below is the Stepwise Procedure to apply for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program under OHCP Stream.

  • Create Express Entry Profile: First of all you need to create a profile in the Express Entry System of CIC. Once you are registered in Express Entry System, you will get the Job Seeker Validation Code or Candidate identifier Code along with Express Entry profile number. You would require mentioning both these numbers in your nominee application form.
  • Show Interest in Ontario Immigration: While creating your Express Entry Profile, you need to show your interest in immigration to either ‘All Provinces and territories’ or specifically to ‘Ontario Province’
  • Get selected for FSW or CEC program: In order to receive the ‘Notification of Interest from Ontario’, your Express Entry Profile must be accepted and considered by the CIC for either of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or the Federal Skilled Worker Program.
  • OINP shall select your Profile: The OINP shall choose the candidates from the Express Entry Pool based on the following criteria:
  • Candidate must have attained the point score of at least 400 as per the CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) of Express Entry System
  • The candidate fulfills the parameters of OHCP stream of Ontario.
  • You will receive Notification of Interest from Ontario: Once the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program under OHCP has chosen your profile from Express Entry Pool, an applicant shall get the Notification of Interest from Ontario Province through his/her MyCIC account. The notification will work as an invitation to apply for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program under OHCP Stream.
  • Accept the Nomination issued by Ontario: Once you an applicant has applied to OINP Program and the application is also approved, a letter will be issued to him/her through the MyCIC account, saying that your nomination is accepted. An applicant has to accept this nomination received via Express Entry, within the period of 30 days.
  • Apply for Permanent Residency: On receipt of nomination from Ontario Province, the 600 extra CRS points will be added to your total Express Entry Score and subsequently you will receive the invitation from CIC to apply for Permanent Residency Visa. You shall be given 60 days time to apply for Permanent Residency.
  • PR Application will be assessed: CIC shall assess your application and documents and verify your eligibility based on the status of character, health, criminality verification and so on. Make sure that all the details you have mentioned in your profile are true and valid.

Candidates who are not entitled to Apply for OINP under OHCP
You cannot apply for OINP if you:

  • Have not been acknowledged in the Express Entry pool
  • Didn’t receive any PT Notification of Interest from the province of Ontario
  • Are a claimant of refugee status in Canada

How to get the assistance and help for applying for OINP under OHCP Stream in Canada?
Well, if you areplanning to immigrate to Ontario in Canada, you need to go through a multifaceted immigration procedures and documentations to first create the Express Entry Profile and then apply for a Canadian Visa. In case, you miss out on any key aspect or procedural guideline, it could lead to a denial of your candidature, which is the last thing you would want, as the visas needs to be approved within a limited period of time most of the time.
Under all such circumstances, a help, guidance, or assistance from a trusted Immigration Consultancy Service is essential for a timely immigration to your desired country. Visas Avenue is one such reputed Visa Consultancy Service that has a team of qualified and experienced Immigration Experts. Visas Avenue has been helping its worldwide clients to immigrate to immigration hotspot countries, such as, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, etc. over the years.