Ontario Reopens PhD and Masters Graduate Streams
International graduates of PhD and Masters Programs in Ontario do not require a job offer when applying for permanent residence
Two prominent streams – PhD and Masters graduate streams – reopened on 29 January to international graduates who are eligible. These ‘line-up’ streams were opening for the first time this 2018.
In the past, both of these intake streams have reached their limit in a very short period. This year it was no different as the as the application intake limit for Masters Graduate Stream was hit hours after reopening. Only the PhD Graduate Stream remains open today.
According to an update on Ontario’s government page, the OIND is keeping track of intake applications in contemplation to limits of the allocation for federal nomination in 2018. This year, Ontario’s overall allocation has increased by 600 compared to the 2017 allocation. There are currently 66000 new nominations allocated.
A job offer is not required
One of the most appealing factors of both the Masters and PhD graduate streams is that applicants do not require job offers to be eligible for application. Not to mention, applicants do not have to be currently residing in a student residence in Canada.
After successful application, the applicant receives a provincial nomination certificate, which is a ‘base’ document that enables the applicant to apply for permanent residence in Canada through the federal government.
The term ‘base’ refers to immigration streams that provide a route to permanent residence status but lack alignment with the Express Entry system. Moreover, applications regarding OINP streams are only doable via the e-Filling Portal of OINP, according to Ontario’s Immigration authorities.
Because the Ontario Immigration Act came into effect on 1 January 2018, applicants are highly advised to review application guidelines as they are applying to be in line with any changes to processing procedures and criteria used.
Below are the eligibility requirements for international PhD and Masters Graduates
1. Must be a graduate of an eligible university in Ontario that is publicly funded
2. Submission of the application must be within two years from the granting date of the applicant’s degree.
3. Must have documents showing his/her legal status i.e. work permit, study permit, or visitor’s record. For Masters graduates, this applies if the applicant lives in Ontario at the time of application, while for PhD graduate, it applies for those living anywhere in Canada.
4. For the Master’s degree stream, the applicant must have satisfactory proficiency level or above in the Canadian language benchmark for all the four competencies (reading, writing, speaking and listening) any of Canada’s official language.
5. Masters and PhD graduates are required to show evidence of being residents in Ontario for at least one year of the application’s two-year window period.
6. Masters graduates must also show that they will be able to support themselves and their dependents.
7. For OINP Masters and PhD Graduate streams, applicants are not required to have any work experience prior to applying.
Whether you are in a York University residence or any other student residence in Canada, prepare your application in advance to avoid missing this huge opportunity to acquire a permanent residence status.