Alexander, a German citizen working in the healthcare sector in Waterloo, Ontario, holds a valid work permit but does not qualify for Express Entry due to his age. He has learned about the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and wonders if he meets the requirements for the Foreign Worker Stream with an Employer Job Offer.
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers various immigration options for individuals interested in settling in Ontario. The current program options include:
This article focuses on the Foreign Worker Stream.
The Foreign Worker Stream is designed for individuals with skilled worker experience, whether residing in Canada or abroad. To be eligible for this stream, applicants must receive a job offer from a qualified employer. The job offer must meet the following requirements:
To qualify for the Foreign Worker Stream, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
In addition to work experience or licensing, applicants must also meet the following criteria:
Assuming the applicant meets the requirements, they should follow these steps:
Points are awarded when entering the EOI pool. OINP uses various criteria to calculate these points, with a maximum of 76 points. Points allocation is subject to change. The criteria include:
OINP reviews the EOI pool and invites applicants based on Ontario’s priorities. The invitation criteria can vary. Here are some examples of past invitations:
|Date Issued||Number of Invitations||Date Profiles Created||Score Range||Notes|
|August 15, 2023||375||November 22, 2022 – August 15, 2023||30 and above||Targeted draw for skilled trades occupations|
|August 15, 2023||1131||November 22, 2022 – August 15, 2023||46 and above||Targeted draw for health and tech occupations|
|June 20, 2023||426||November 22, 2022 – June 20, 2023||36 and above||Targeted draw for skilled trades occupations|
|January 31, 2023||611||November 22, 2022 – January 31, 2023||53 and above||Targeted draw for tech and health occupations|
|March 30, 2022||155||April 28, 2021 – March 30, 2022||23 and above||Targeted draw for skilled trades occupations|
|March 1, 2022||456||April 28, 2021 – March 1, 2022||39 and above||General Draw|
|January 11, 2022||264||April 28, 2021 – January 11, 2022||38 and above||General Draw|
Please note that the information provided here is not exhaustive and is meant to give an overview of the OINP Foreign Worker Stream. For up-to-date statistics and specific details, you can visit the official OINP website. Notably, the program focuses on certain occupations in recent draws, with the last general draw occurring in March 2022.