The government of Ontario has clarified the registration and application process for the Human Capital Priorities Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). There had been some confusion regarding the new process since the popular stream was reopened last month. This confusion derived from a new online process that includes a registration deadline and an application deadline.
The Human Capital Priorities Stream only selects candidates who are in the Express Entry pool and have Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 400 or above. The stream is passive, meaning that candidates may only submit an application after being issued a Notification of Interest (NOI) by the province. Before this may occur, the candidate must have an Express Entry profile and be eligible to immigrate to Canada under either the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC). In addition, the candidate must satisfy the criteria of the stream, which includes having 400 or more CRS points and indicating that he or she intends to reside in Ontario or is interested in "all provinces and territories."
The March 10 update states the following:
The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) would like to clarify the deadlines for the HCP Stream:
- Your Notification of Interest (NOI) is valid for 6 months. This means that you must register a profile for the HCP Stream in the OINP e-Filing Portal within 6 months of receiving your NOI from Ontario.
- Once you register a profile for the HCP Stream in the OINP e Filing Portal, you must submit your complete application to the HCP Stream within 14 calendar days.
The 14 day deadline to apply following registration for the HCP Stream must not be confused with the validity period of your NOI from Ontario.
Ontario has been the most popular immigration destination in Canada for many decades. The province is home to Canada's largest city, Toronto, as well as the nation's capital, Ottawa. In addition, there are a range of cities and communities throughout Ontario that prove attractive to all sorts of newcomers to Canada.