Provincial Nominee Program

Updates to Ontario's Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) for 2018

With the start of the new year, Ontario has announced some changes to their provincial nominee program. Here are some of the key details:

  • Ontario's nomination allocation has increased by 600 to 6,600 for the year 2018
  • An applicant has 45 calendar days from the day they receive a Notification of Interest (NOI) to submit their Human Capital Priorities application
  • To-date, Ontario has only issued NOIs to applicants with express entry profiles created on January 1, 2018 or after
  • The eligibility requirements for the PhD graduate stream now include 1. settlement funds and 2. residency in Ontario for a period of 12 months in the 2 years before submission

On January 18, most nomination streams re-opened and Ontario resumed issuing Notifications of Interest. The Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams re-opened on January 29, with the Masters' stream remaining open for only 1.5 hours before being paused for reaching the intake level.

Given the popularity of the program, it has become vital to prepare early to ensure that your application is submitted as soon as possible and without mistakes. To speak with one of our lawyers to discuss your case, contact us at (416) 548-9101 or inquiries@lmlawgroup.com.

Immigration Options for Skilled Individuals

As immigration options for skilled individuals become more restricted in the United States and Europe, Canada remains one of the most open immigration systems for skilled individuals in the G7.  

Some of the main routes for permanent residence in the Economic categories are listed below (see here for videos where we provide more details on some of these programs).

1. Express Entry Program.  This remains one of the most widely used programs for skilled individuals.  In order to get through the program, you have to first qualify to enter the online pool and then will compete with other candidates in the pool in order to obtain an Invitation to Apply.  

2. Provincial Nominee Programs.  All provinces in Canada now have their own programs for people who have job offers, education, businesses, or other ties to a province.

3. Self-Employed Program.  Talented athletes and artists may be able to apply under this category if they can show that they have been self-employed in their professions and will make a contribution to Canada.  

4. Caregiver Program.  Caregivers who have worked legally in Canada for two years caring for children, elderly, or disabled persons may be able to apply under this program.

5. Start-up Visa Program.  Entrepreneurs who have the support of a designated organization can qualify under this program.

6. Atlantic Pilot Program.  Workers who have job offers in one of the Atlantic provinces may be eligible to apply under this category.

To determine the best route for immigration for you or someone you know, contact us at (416) 548-9101 or at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com to book a consultation.

New OINP Permanent Residence Program for Farm Workers and Low-skilled Construction Positions

New OINP Permanent Residence Program for Farm Workers and Low-skilled Construction Positions

The Ontario government has just opened a new Permanent Residence program called the "In-demand Skills Stream".  This program is for Farm work and Low-skilled Construction positions in Ontario.  

Updates for New OINP for Graduate Students and Express Entry Applicants

We have received further information regarding Ontario's Immigrant Nominee Program for Masters Graduate, PhD Graduate, and Express Entry Human Capital Priorities which may open as early as this afternoon.  Here are some of the key details:

  • There have been dramatic changes to how applications will be processed.  These include:

    • All applications will be submitted online.
    • The applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    • Once an application has been registered, a full application will have to be submitted within 7 days.
    • The province will place temporary pauses on these categories once a certain number of applications have been registered.

  • A few changes were made to the eligibility criteria.  These include:

    • The Masters program will allow students to apply from outside of Canada.
    • There will no longer be a limit of 45 days to submit an application under the Human Capital Priorities stream (the Express Entry category for those who have over 400 points) after an invitation has been received from the province.
    • CELPIP results will now be accepted.

Given the length of time that the programs have been closed, we are expecting that the available spots will fill up quickly.  In light of the above circumstances, it is vital that your application be submitted as soon as possible and without mistakes.

To speak with one of our lawyers to discuss your case, contact us at
(416) 548-9101 or inquiries@lmlawgroup.com.

The Year Ahead: Immigration Changes to Look For in 2017

A new year is here and we thought we would take some time to highlight expected changes that are likely to happen to the immigration system in 2017.

Overall Numbers

  • It is projected that 300 000 immigrants will obtain permanent residency this year. This is the same as in 2016.
  • Permanent Residence granted under the economic categories are expected to rise from 160 600 to 172 500. The number of people being accepted through the refugee program is expected to decrease to 40 000 from 55 800. Family sponsorships are expected to increase from 80 000 to 84 000. 

Citizenship

  • The government has proposed Bill C-6,which proposes major changes to the Citizenship Act. Bill C-6 has passed at the House of Commons and has completed second reading before the Senate. On December 15, 2016 it was referred to a Senate committee. We expect that this bill will soon become law. 

Family Sponsorship

  • The government has stated that it will remove the requirement that those being sponsored must cohabit with their sponsor for two years to retain status.
  • The government has stated that the definition of a dependent child will be restored to under 22 years of age. 

Express Entry

  • The changes announced to the express entry program last November drastically altered who received  an Invitation to Apply. In the coming year the government has stated that it may once again make changes to the program by allocating Express Entry points to individuals that speak French and want to work outside Quebec, and also for individuals that have siblings in Canada. No announcements have been made as to when these changes may be implemented.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

  • The OINP has announced that the 2016 cap has been met and that all additional nominations for submitted applications will go towards the 2017 allocation. Since the program stopped accepting new applications many clients have sought out alternatives to the OINP program. No announcements have been made as to when they will re-open the program. 

We are really excited for the up-coming year! Book a consultation with one of our lawyers to determine if these changes will affect you by contacting us at (416) 548-9101 or at inquiries@lmlawgroup.com.