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Ontario Invites a Large Number of International Students

Margaret Cooley



Canada OINP

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has been actively inviting more skilled candidates into the province so they can fill the labor deficiencies effectively. Recently, Ontario launched a new immigration intake system that is fairer to candidates and the province has invited hundreds of candidates through regular draws since then.

Details of the draw

On May 26, Ontario held its latest draw which targeted international students. Ontario happens to be one of the most student-friendly provinces in the country and many foreign students flock there for more opportunities. These student candidates also tend to develop connections in the province during their education which makes them more suitable and adaptable for the market.

Ontario issued invitations to apply for provincial nomination to international students who had managed to secure job offers in the province already. The 158 candidates who received the invitations will aspire to get the nomination because it will automatically add 600 CRS points to their score.

The OINP focused on candidates with existing profiles in the Expression of Interest (EOI) pool. They also made sure that the selected candidates could fulfill the eligibility requirements of the Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream. 147 of the candidates were invited during the general draw, and their minimum required score was 73. The rest of the candidates received invitations via the Regional Immigration Pilot and they did not have to meet any score requirements.


Ontario selects candidates from the Express Entry pool depending on their potential to be successful in the province. If you are interested, you should register in the EOI pool.

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