Canada’s provinces offer many pathways for permanent residency to the international students who have studied in Canada. Many provinces have separate streams under their Provincial Nominee Programs exclusively for international students and graduates.
Some provinces may consider foreign students to apply for their provincial nomination, even if they are graduated from other provinces of Canada. On the other hand, others consider a nomination to those who graduated in that specific province.
Let us try to understand, what are such pathways or streams available for international students and graduates studied particularly in Ontario and in Canada.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) provides the opportunity for foreign students and graduates with jobs to live and work permanently in Ontario. It has three streams for foreign students.
- OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream
- International Master’s stream
- International PhD stream
OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student stream
It is one of the streams under Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program. If you are an international student with a job offer in Ontario, you can consider applying under OINP Employer Job Offer: International Student stream.
The international students with a job offer in a skilled occupation at skill type 0, A or B of the national Occupational classification get an opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario.
To be eligible to apply for this stream, the international students must
- have studied full-time degree/diploma of 2 years at least or full-time degree/ diploma of one year program that requires a completed degree as an admission requirement from any eligible Canadian Institution.
- get a job offer in a skilled occupation at skill type 0, A or B of the national classification occupation code(NOC)
- submit the application within 2 years of completing the degree/diploma.
- have legal status in Canada if they are applying from within Canada
- show their intention to reside in Ontario.
Employers also must meet certain requirements as prescribed by the Ontario authorities in addition to the above requirements.
International Master’s stream
It is one of the streams of OINP that offers Masters Graduates apply for a nomination, provided they have a master’s degree from an eligible Ontario’s University.
International students must meet certain mandatory requirements. In order to be eligible,
- Students must have completed a full-time study for at least one academic year. The application must be submitted within 2 years of completion of the graduation program.
- They must demonstrate their language skills at the Comprehensive Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or more.
- For English tests, Ontario accepts International English Language Testing (IELTS)- General Test. The other test that is accepted is the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) – General test.
- To demonstrate skills in French, Ontario accepts Test d’évaluation de français pour le Canada (TEF) or Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF)
- Before applying, students must have lived for at least one year in Ontario Province within the last 2 years.
- Settlement funds requirements must be met by the students to support themselves and their family when they settle in Canada.
- Students must have legal status in Canada if they are submitting the application while they are in Canada.
- They may either be living in the Ontario province or outside of Canada at the time of application. However, they do not qualify to submit the application if they are living in other province or territory of Canada.
International PhD stream
It is one of the streams of OINP. This stream is meant for international students who have completed a PhD degree from any eligible University in Ontario. Students must have 2 years of PhD studies at least while living and studying in Ontario legally.
In order to be eligible for this stream, students must
- show their intention to live in Ontario
- have legal status if they are applying from within Canada.
- submit the application within 2 years of completion of the PhD program.
- meet with settlement funds requirements to support themselves and their family members when they settle in Canada.
Application fee for all the above three categories is CAD 1500. Successful candidates applied under International Masters and PhD categories will receive a nomination approval letter and a nomination certificate by email.
Successful candidates applied under International Student Stream shall receive a work permit support letter also in addition to nomination approval letter and nomination certificate.
Candidates need to apply for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), within six months as soon they receive notification from Ontario.