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Canada immigration draws: Ontario issued 782 Invitations to Apply (ITA), most of them under the Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams, in three draws on the second-last day of August.

Among those ITAs was one under the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream, a targeted draw for Economic Mobility Pathways Project (EMPP) candidates.

That pathway is for refugee resettlement and economic immigration that helps skilled refugees immigrate to Canada through existing economic programs and gives employers access to a new pool of qualified candidates to fill job openings.

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Those seeking to apply for permanent residence under the EMPP must be convention or country of asylum refugees and have:

  • a valid, positive Refugee Status Determination (RSD) from the UNHCR or a refugee-hosting state;
  • a document that shows they are registered or recorded asylum seekers abroad, or;
  • a “person of concern” letter issued by the UNHCR for the EMPP.

The applicants must also be outside of Canada and their country of persecution, have no durable solution in a third country and be admissible to Canada.

The applicants must also be eligible for the:

The vast majority of those issued ITAs under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) on Aug. 30 were sent through the Masters Graduate stream. 

Provincial immigration officials sent out 680 ITAs to applicants with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 37 and above in a general draw. 

680 ITAs Sent Under Masters Graduate, 101 Under PhD Graduate

Ontario immigration also sent out 101 ITAs under the PhD Graduate stream to applicants with a CRS score of 26 and above in another general draw. 

Both the Masters and PhD Graduate international student streams of the OINP are part of the Human Capital category which targets foreign workers and international students who have the education, work experience and skills required to successfully establish themselves in the province of Ontario.

In order to be considered under one of these streams, interested candidates must have studied in Ontario, under eligible programs.

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Job offers from Ontario employers are not required for these streams.

Under the Master’s Graduates stream, international students with a master’s degree from Ontario can gain permanent residence if they have:

  • graduated from a master’s degree program from an eligible institution in Ontario, that was at least one-year full-time;
  • obtained a 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, and;
  • legal status in Ontario or abroad.

Applications must be submitted within two years of completing the requirements to graduate with a master’s degree.

PhD Graduate Steam Applicants Do Not Need A Job Offer

Under the PhD Graduates stream, too, international students can become permanent residents without having job offers.

To be eligible to apply, a candidate must have:

  • 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, and;
  • intend to live and work in Ontario.

Applications must be submitted within two years of completing the requirements to graduate with a PhD degree.

Candidates must then complete an application online under Ontario’s e-Filing Portal and submit all relevant forms and supporting documentation.

A $1,500 processing fee is charged for applications submitted under these streams.

If the application is approved, the candidate will receive a Letter of Nomination and must apply for permanent residence at the IRCC within six months.

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