Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had a record-breaking year in 2018 that sees them set the record for most number of invitations issued in a single year. Keeping in pace with the higher admission rate, IRCC has set to break the record for the next two consecutive years i.e. 2019 and 2020 for the most number of invitations issued in a single year.
Last year in 2018, a total of 55,000 targets were achieved by Canada’ provincial nomination programs. This year – 2019, IRCC has set the target of 61,000 new permanent residences via the provincial nomination program (PNP). Canada’s nine provinces and two territories have a special agreement with the IRCC that allows them to nominate the skilled candidates for permanent residency.
IRCC has allocated a total of 6,900 nominations to the Ontario province to invite the skilled and capable immigrants for permanent residence visa via the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
Ontario province is the most populous province and has always been the top-most choice for the immigrants around the world looking for a higher standard of living and better career growth opportunities. Seeing the statistics of the last year 2018, OINP had a total allocation of 6,600 nominations which was the largest among the Provincial Nomination Program (PNP). With the end of 2018, extra 250 nominations were given to the OINP bringing the total number of invitations to 6,850 invitations.
Province of Ontario has demanded an additional 1,000 nomination for 2019 in order to keep with the increased applications for provincial nomination under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
This year Ontario’s provincial nomination program – OINP has a principal allocation of 6,650 nominations and additional 250 nominations for a new part of an initiative introduced by IRCC announced on March 12 – Intermediate-skilled temporary foreign workers (TFWs).
The principal allocated nomination will be issued as usual by the OINP’s different immigration streams that also include the popular Human Capital Priorities Stream that is linked with the federal government’s express entry program. There are total three immigration streams under OINP that is linked with the express entry program that manages the profiles of the candidates who are registered under the immigration programs – Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). OINP’s express entry linked allows Ontario Immigration office to search the express pool for the capable immigrants who are able to meet the local labor market demands. Once they are able to meet the demands they are invited to apply for provincial nomination for Canada PR visa. Successful express entry candidate’s who are able to land the provincial nomination are awarded 600 CRS points which is more than enough to land the Invitation to Apply (ITA) to apply for Canada PR visa.
2018 sees the OINP’s Human Capital Priorities Stream being the busiest/active stream with 2,190 invitations out of 6,850 total invitations sent via this stream. 1,035 nominations were given to the candidates via the other two express entry linked streams – Skilled Trades Stream and French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream.
Other streams of OINP that are not linked with Express entry program are known as “Base” nomination streams. Under the base nomination stream, Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream issued the most nomination – 1,254 in 2018. Followed by Masters Graduate Stream, which issued 1,215 nominations to international graduate students with a master’s degree from an eligible educational institution of Ontario province.