The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) reopened its Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams on January 29.
Both streams function on a first-come, first-served basis and usually reach their application limit fairly quickly. This was the case with the Masters Graduate Stream, which reached its application intake limit within hours of reopening. The PhD Graduate Stream remains open to applications at this time.
Neither stream is aligned with the federal Express-Entry system, therefore they are considered 'base' streams. A successful applicant who receives a provincial nomination through either of these streams may later apply for permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, which oversees the remainder of the process.
A job offer is not required for either of these streams. The PhD Graduate stream targets individuals who have graduated from a Doctoral level program at an Ontario university, while individuals who have graduated from a Masters-level program in Ontario may apply under the Masters Graduate stream.
For more details about the two streams, please visit our dedicated page on the OINP International Student Category.