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Popular international student stream in Canada, Ontario’s Masters Graduate Stream, on April 5, 208, briefly opened applications for international graduates, but closed it within an hour.
This raised a question of , “Did the application reached its limit within such a short time?” No official statement was issued for closing the application portal.
The Masters Graduate Stream of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is one of the two immigration programs offered under the OINP’s International Student Category.
The other stream is designed for PhD graduates who have completed a degree from an eligible Ontario academic institution.
“This is a rare occasion where the OINP has opened the Masters Graduate Stream independent of the PhD Graduate Stream,” CIC news puts it.
No job offer is required to apply for the Masters Graduate Stream, it’s rather aimed at retaining international graduates who studied in the province.
The OINP is one of the hottest immigration programmes in Canada, making intake limits reached quickly.
It’d be recalled that the Masters Graduate Stream was opened January 29, 2018, and reached its intake limit within hours of opening.
Meanwhile, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Programme is expected to reopen this year until Ontario’s 2018 provincial nomination allocation is fulfilled.
“Ontario is expected nominate 6,600 people through its various immigration streams this year. The province is a popular study destination for international students, particularly students looking to pursue higher education,” CIC news says.
CIC news further said that a provincial nomination issued by to Masters Graduate Stream applicants is considered a ‘base’ provincial nomination certificate.
“With a provincial nomination certificate, applicants may be in the position to submit an application for permanent residence to the federal government.”
The OINP urges applicants to regularly check the program application guides before applying in case of criteria changes following the coming into effect of the Ontario Immigration Act on January 1, 2018.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Eligibility requirements
- Must intend to live and work in Ontario.
- Must have graduated from an existing Master’s program at an eligible
- publicly funded university in Ontario.
- The program of study must have been at least one year in length and must have been completed on a full-time basis.
- Must submit the application within two years of the date on which the Masters degree was granted.
- Must have legal status (i.e. study permit, work permit, visitor record) if living in Ontario at the time of the application:
- Applicants may be living outside Canada at the time of application; however, individuals living in Canada but outside Ontario are ineligible to apply.
- Candidates do not need to have legal status in Canada if they are applying from outside Canada.
- Must demonstrate an adequate intermediate proficiency level in English or French of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies (speaking, reading, writing, and listening).
- Must be able to show a minimum level of savings and/or income in order to support themselves and their dependents.
- Must show that they have resided in Ontario for at least 12 cumulative months in the 24 months before submitting an application.
We’ll keep you updated.