Ontario Provincial Nominee Program
Are you a skilled worker, investor or international student seeking to live and work in the province of Ontario? If so, the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) may be your best immigration option. Contact a Canadian immigration lawyer at First Immigration Law Firm to learn more.
The Ontario PNP is designed to help Ontario employers recruit foreign nationals to fill provincial labour market gaps, in the absence of qualified Canadians.
Pre-Screening and other Process
Employers interested in hiring a foreign national (whether a skilled worker or international student) must start the application process by submitting a pre-screening application to the Ontario provincial government to approve the position they wish to fill with a foreign national. Once the position is approved to be filled by a foreign national, the foreign national who is offered the position must then submit their application to the Ontario PNP. The foreign national and the employer must meet a number of requirements in order to be eligible under the Ontario PNP.
Like other provincial nominee programs, once an applicant is nominated under the Ontario PNP, the applicant (and their family) may then apply for their Canadian permanent residency through the proper federal Canadian immigration department. There are two main categories within this provincial nominee program, the General Category and International Student Category, and both categories have different streams that applicants can apply under.
This Ontario PNP General Category is for Ontario employers and foreign nationals who want to invest in an Ontario company. This category is designed to help employers and investors recruit foreign skilled workers with the skills and experience that are in demand in Ontario.
- Employer/ Foreign Worker Stream:
- Investor Streams: Business Investor Stream and Individual Investor Stream
International Student Category
The international student category is used by employers who want to recruit international students. There are three different streams under this category:
- International Students With a Job Offer Stream
- International PhD Graduate Stream
- Pilot International Masters Graduate Stream