Ontario has provided details on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the provincial nomination applications.
Ontario has the largest population in Canada with over a third of Canada’s population living in the province. It is also the most popular destination for new permanent residents.
For this reason, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is a popular way for candidates to receive permanent residence in Canada. Last year, Ontario issued 7,350 provincial nominations.
Despite coronavirus measures being in place, Ontario will still process applications and issue nominations to immigration candidates.
Since many candidates may be unable to obtain some of the required supporting documents, Ontario has announced that it will still accept incomplete applications. Candidates would be required to include an explanation letter for the reasons of the missing documents.
Applications processed after confirmation of employment
The OINP plans to confirm the status of employment and whether the job meets program criteria, by contacting employers.
Applications will continue to be processed should the employer confirm that there have been no change in position or no withdrawal of the job offer.
If there has been a change, for instance a temporary layoff or reduced work hours, the application will be placed on hold for up to 90 days.
If there has been a formal termination of employment, the application will not be processed further and the application fee will be refunded.
Provincial nominees affected by layoffs will remain supported by OINP
Candidates must ensure the conditions of employment remain the same until the candidate obtains permanent residence. This means that the job title and duties, salary, work shift and working area must all remain the same. This also means candidates may not change their employer.
If these conditions are not met, the OINP may revoke their approval.
If there are any changes to a candidate’s situation, he or she is required to notify the OINP. Candidates who have been affected due to COVID-19 may continue to receive support for OINP as long as they meet the criteria of the program.
Applicants to the OINP Entrepreneur Stream
Candidates who received an invitation to apply for the OINP Entrepreneur Stream will receive an extension of 90 days.
If an entrepreneur who has submitted a full application and whose business is facing temporary closures or changes, or if he or she is currently unable to meet hiring requirements, he or she should contact the OINP.
OINP is committed that no incomplete application will be denied. Also, the applicant and employer will be notified if their approval will be cancelled.