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OINP relaxes migration requirements to ONTARIO!


OINP relaxes migration requirements to ONTARIO!

As of 08 July 2019, new regulations have been introduced for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) under the Ontario Immigration Act, 2015. These new amendments have been introduced to streamline the OINP requirements and to improve responsiveness of the program to suit the current labour market and employer needs in Ontario.

Amendments have been made under the In-Demand Skills Stream, the Entrepreneur Stream and the Corporate Stream. These amendments include:

In-Demand Skills Stream

  • Minimum work experience: The new work experience requirement has been relaxed, and applicants only need to show a minimum of 9 months paid, full time work experience or part-time equivalent (Previously the minimum work experience requirement was 1 year of paid, full time work or part time equivalent)
  • Three new occupations have been included under the National Occupational Classification (NOC); this includes:
    • Transport Truck Drivers: NOC 7511
    • Nurse Aids, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates: NOC 3413
    • Home Support Workers and Related Occupations (Excluding housekeepers): NOC 4412
  • New start date for qualifying work experience: under the Ontario Express Entry Stream; The Human Capital Priorities, French Speaking Skilled Workers and Skilled Trades categories will have a new start date for qualifying work experience. The duration of work experience will be taken as at the date the application is made. (Previously it was taken as at the time an applicant received a notification of interest)

The Entrepreneur Stream

  • Personal Investment and Equity Ownership
    • Greater Toronto area: lowered from $1,000,000 to $600,000
    • Outside the Greater Toronto: lowered from $500,000 to $200,000
    • Information Technology and Communications Sector: lowered from $500,000 to $200,000
  • Net worth:
    • Greater Toronto Area: lowered from 1.5 million to $800,000
    • Outside the Greater Toronto Area: lowered from $800,000 to $400,000
    • IT and Communications Sector: lowered from $800,000 to $400,000
  • Applicant screening process improvements- to guarantee that the province attracts the best business and entrepreneur candidates under the OINP.

Corporate Stream

The OINP Corporate stream has been suspended in 2019, as it has failed to achieve its primary objective of bringing International businesses to Canada.

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