Yesterday, on May 9, 2016, the Ontario Government announced that it will be placing a temporary hold on the intake of applications for three OINP streams:
- Employer Pre-screen
- International Student – Masters Graduate stream
- International Student – PhD Graduate stream
The temporary pause took effect at 5PM EDT on May 9, 2016. As such, all applications for the Employer Pre-screen and International Students (Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate) streams will not be processed and will be returned to the applicant along with the unprocessed payment.
The OINP will continue to accept applications from Foreign Worker and International Student with a Job Offer applicants as Employer Pre-screen applications are assessed. It is important to note that only those Foreign Worker applicants whose job offer has been approved through the Employer Pre-screen application process may apply to the OINP. These applicants will have 60 days from the date of the Employer Pre-screen approval letter to apply to either of these streams.
The temporary pause will not affect the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream, Corporate stream, and Expression of Interest for the Entrepreneur stream.
Applicants can expect the pause to remain in effect until the end of November 2016, when the Province anticipates receiving its 2017 nomination allocation from the federal government.