Ontario Targets Highly-Qualified International Graduates With 641 Canada Immigration Invitations

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Ontario Targets Highly-Qualified International Graduates With 641 Canada Immigration Invitations
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Ontario has issued 641 Canada immigration invitations in two new Expression of Interest draws through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams.

The draws were conducted on October 25, 2022.

For the Masters Graduate draw, 535 candidates were invited, requiring a score of 35 or above. 

In the PhD Graduates draw, the minimum score was 24 and 106 invitations were issued.

For both draws, candidates needed to have submitted their profile within the last 12 months.

Full requirements for all 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
October 25, 2022 535 October 25, 2021 – October 25, 2022 35 and above General draw

PhD Graduate Stream Expression of Interest Draw

Date issued Number of invitations issued Date profiles created Score range Notes
October 25, 2022 106 October 25, 2021 – October 25, 2022 24 and above General draw

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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 Graduates Stream

This stream offers international students the 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.
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