Ontario reopens Masters Graduate Stream

Ontario reopens Masters Graduate Stream

Ontario Masters Graduate Stream
Ontario Masters Graduate Stream

Ontario reopens Masters Graduate Stream

The OINP accepted 667 new registrations before ending intake

Ontario reopened its Masters Graduate Stream to new registrations April 30 and quickly reached its limit.

The Masters Graduate Stream gives international graduates with an eligible Ontario master’s degree the opportunity to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

The stream is popular because it does not require a job offer from an Ontario employer in order to be eligible.

The opening completed the intake of 1,000 new registrations that originally began March 5 but ran into technical difficulties before the quota was reached.

A total of 333 registrations were submitted successfully on March 5 and the April 30 intake accepted the remaining 667 registrations before closing.

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) said successful registrants will receive a confirmation number from its e-Filing Portal within three business days.

Once you receive a file number you have 14 days to submit an application to the OINP or your registration will expire

What is Ontario Masters Graduate Stream?

Ontario’s Masters Graduate Stream gives international students, who have graduated with a master’s degree from an eligible university in Ontario, the opportunity to immigrate permanently to Ontario without the requirement of a job offer.

Applicants who meet the education, language, and other program requirements may receive a provincial nomination from the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and may then apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for Canadian permanent residence.

More information on the Ontario Masters Graduate Stream:

Eligibility Requirements

  • In order to be eligible for the OINP Masters Graduate Stream, individuals must:
  • Have completed the requirements to obtain a master’s degree;
  • Have graduated from an existing master’s program at an eligible 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.
  • Submit the application within two years of completing the requirements necessary to obtain the master’s degree;
  • Be residing in Ontario with legal status (i.e., study permit, work permit, visitor record) OR residing outside of Canada;
  • The OINP accepts applications from potential applicants who are in implied status at the time of applying.
  • Demonstrate a high language proficiency level in English or French of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 7 or above in all four competencies (speaking, reading, writing, and listening);
  • Applicant must take approved English or French language test from the following approved agencies:
  • International English Language Testing (IELTS) General Test scores; and
  • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) (General test) for English.

Settlement Funds

Potential applicants to the OINP Masters Graduate Stream must demonstrate they have sufficient funds to economically establish themselves in Canada.

Applicants can meet this requirement through one or a combination of the following:

  • Funds as demonstrated by bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments, such as fixed term deposits and mutual funds, that can be readily converted to cash;
  • Annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario; and/or
  • A job offer in Ontario.

If an applicant uses employment or a job offer in Ontario to meet the settlement funds requirement, he or she must include an employment contract/job offer letter indicating the position, hours of work, and wage. If currently working in Ontario, the applicant must provide two (most) recent pay slips as proof of funds.

Application Process

Applying for the Masters Graduate Stream online through the OINP’s e-filing portal may take approximately two hours to complete. However, potential applicants do not have to complete an application in one session, but they must submit their application within 14 calendar days or the registration will expire and get withdrawn.

The OINP encourages applicants to complete an application before submitting a payment. Once an application is submitted to the OINP, the applicant will not be able to make any changes.

Applicants are responsible for the translation and notarization of any supporting documents that are not in English or French. It is the responsibility of the applicant to locate a certified translator accredited by the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario (ATIO) and/or obtain a notarization of documents translated by a translator not certified by the ATIO.

If an applicant located in Ontario is not able to find a certified translator accredited by the ATIO, the translation must be notarized. A letter explaining the reasoning and efforts taken to locate a certified translator must included with the application.

If applying from outside Ontario, the translation must be notarized. If deemed insufficient, the OINP may require applicants to obtain a translation from a certified translator accredited by the ATIO. Translations completed by the applicant, their representative, or others with personal ties to the applicant will not be accepted even if these individuals are considered certified translators.

Who is not Eligible to Apply to the Masters Graduate Stream

The following individuals are not eligible to apply under the Ontario Masters Graduate Stream:

  1. Individuals who have not yet completed their master’s degree. The OINP will not accept applications from international students in their final semester of studies. Applicants must have met the degree requirements at the time of application.
  2. Individuals who are currently enrolled in further academic studies, unless it is for the purpose of meeting the requirements to be licensed in a regulated occupation in Ontario, or unless the individual is working on a full-time basis in Ontario.
  3. Individuals who completed their master’s degree more than two years ago.
  4. Individuals who are the recipient of a grant, bursary, or scholarship that requires them to return to their home country or another jurisdiction (another Canadian province/territory or another country) after the completion of their studies (provided that the obligations have not been fulfilled).
  5. Individuals who currently live in Canada, but outside of Ontario.
  6. Individuals who currently live in Canada without legal status.

Eligible Ontario Universities

To qualify for the OINP Masters Graduate Stream, the master’s degree must be completed at one of the following universities:

  • Algoma University
  • Brescia University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Dominican University College
  • Huron University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
  • King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario College of Art & Design University
  • Queen’s University
  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)
  • St. Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)
  • Trent University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University

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