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Will OINP Accept Applications Again for International Student Stream in 2020?

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March 6, 2020

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Well, it’s not a surprise that many of us are left frustrated with the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) application that opened only for a very short duration on March 03, 2020, with the wait times and the OINP system going through technical problems, that turned out to be a big disappointment for most of us! But let’s not get discouraged as the update on March 04, 2020, in Government of Ontario mentioned that the program might open again in 2020.

The Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream is one of the immigration streams under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program, allowing international students with a job offer in Skill Type 0 or A or B, both inside and outside of Canada, to live and work permanently in Ontario province.

On March 3, 2020, OINP started accepting applications for Employer Job Offer: International Student, which was turned down shortly after having technical issues, and then re-opened for both International Student and Foreign Worker streams.

The OINP e-Filing Portal received overwhelming visits and the wait times were even more than the length of time the program was opened for.

OINP received 1332 successful registrations, under Employer Job Offer: International Student and Foreign Worker streams, compared to 2018, where 1254 applicants were able to register.

The candidates who were able to register themselves, now have a total of 14 days to submit their OINP application. Once you are nominated, you will have to apply through IRCC, who will be making a final decision for your permanent residence application. However, the program is still experiencing a high number of users, and it is advised to access the system during off-peak hours between 7 pm – 7 am EST.

The latest update on March 05, 2020, however, mentions that the program is not accepting applications currently. So, it remains unsure if OINP will be accepting more applications but let’s keep the window open as the program gives a little hope for re-opening sometime in 2020.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or confusion regarding the OINP application, we are here to help! START YOUR ASSESSMENT today, and our representative will get back to you and let you know how your immigration issues can be resolved, with proper guidance that lands you on the right track!


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