Ontario PNP Draw: Province Issues 1,481 Canada Immigration Invitations

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Ontario PNP Draw: Province Issues 1,481 Canada Immigration Invitations
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Ontario has issued 1,481 Canada immigration invitations in three new Expression of Interest draws  through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program.

The draws were conducted on January 24, 2024.

In a Masters Graduate stream draw, 1,344 candidates were invited, requiring a score of 50 or above.

In the PhD Graduate draw, the minimum score was 45 and 125 invitations were issued.

Another draw saw 12 further invitations issued through the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream to an Economic Mobility Pathway candidate, Canada’s skilled worker stream for refugees.

For all three draws, candidates needed to have submitted their profile in the previous 12 months.

Full requirements for the mentioned streams are included further down this article.


Masters Graduate Stream Expression of Interest Draw

Date issued Number of invitations issued Date profiles created Score range Notes
24/01/24 1,344 January 24, 2023 – January 24, 2024 50 and above General Draw

PhD Graduate Stream Expression of Interest Draw

Date issued Number of invitations issued Date profiles created Score range Notes
24/01/24 125 January 24, 2023 – January 24, 2024 45 and above General Draw

Ontario Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream Expression of Interest Draw

Date issued Number of invitations issued Date profiles created Score range Notes
24/01/24 12 January 24, 2023 – January 24, 2024 N/A Targeted draw for Economic Mobility Pathways Project candidates.

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Ontario Expression of Interest Ranking System

Points are awarded based on the following attributes:

  1. Level and field of education and where they completed their studies.
  2. Proficiency in English or French.
  3. Intention to settle outside of the Greater Toronto Area.
  4. Skill and work experience level, earnings history, other factors relevant to prospects in Ontario job market.
  5. Labour market needs in the province or region of the province.

Masters Graduate Stream

This stream offers an opportunity to obtain permanent residence to international students who obtained a masters degree in Ontario without requiring a job offer.

To be eligible to apply, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduated from a Master’s degree program from an eligible institution in Ontario, that was at least one-year full-time.
  • Obtained minimum language CLB/NCLC level 7 or above in English or in French.
  • Resided legally in Ontario for at least one year in the last two.
  • Have sufficient settlement funds.
  • Intend to live and work in Ontario.
  • Must have legal status in Ontario or abroad.
    • Applications from elsewhere in Canada will not be accepted.
  • Application must be submitted within two years of completing the requirements to graduate from the master’s degree.

PhD Graduate Stream

This stream offers international students an opportunity to become a permanent resident for who hold a PhD degree from Ontario without requiring a job offer.

To be eligible to apply, a candidate must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduated from a PhD degree program in an eligible institution in Ontario, and have completed at least two-years full-time.
  • Resided legally in Ontario for at least one year in the last two.
  • Have sufficient settlement funds.
  • Intend to live and work in Ontario.
  • Application must be submitted within two years of completing the requirements to graduate from the PhD degree.

Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream Eligibility Requirements

To qualify under this stream, applicants must have:

  • A permanent and full-time job offer under NOC TEER category 1, 2 or 3 that meets the median wage levels for Ontario, and in a position that is necessary to the business;
    • For those already working in the position, the proposed wage must be equal to or greater than the current wage being paid
  • Two cumulative years of relevant work experience in the previous five years before the date of application;
  • Relevant mandatory licensing in Ontario, if the position so requires;
  • Live abroad, or be working, studying or visiting Canada on a valid permit;
  • Intention to settle in Ontario.
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