About OINP’s Masters Graduate stream

Table of Contents

About OINP’s Masters Graduate stream

The Master’s graduate stream allows international students residing in Ontario to apply to permanently live or work in Ontario. Under this stream, the applicant must hold a Master’s degree from an Ontario university within the last two years of two years of completing the Masters Degree.

Applicants first need to submit an application through Ontario’s Expression of Interest portal and wait for an invitation before being nominated by the province. After receiving the nomination, applicants need to apply through the federal government’s portal to obtain Canadian permanent residence.

Since the entire process does not involve submission of applications via IRCC’s Express Entry system, the applicants will not be able to take advantage of Express Entry’s average turnaround time of six months. Generally, the processing time for applications submitted via a non-Express Entry pathway is 22 months.

How does the OINP’s Masters Graduate stream work?

In oder to submit an application under OINP’s Mater Graduate stream, an applicant need to follow the below stated steps:

  • Register an expression of interest (EOI) under OINP’s Master Graduate stream.
  • After receiving an invitation to apply, please submit an application to apply for Masters Graduate stream within 14 days through the OINP electronic application portal.
  • Apply to the Federal Government (IRCC) for permanent residence within six months of receiving the nomination.

What is the eligibility criteria of OINP’s Master Graduate stream?

Let’s understand the minimum eligibility requirements of this stream:

EducationMust have completed one year of full-time academic studies in a Master’s Degree from a universities in Ontario.
Language SkillsAt-least CLB 7 or higher in all modules in either English or French Language
Residency in OntarioBefore applying, the applicant must have lived in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years.
Settlement FundsThe applicant must have enought money to suport self and the dependent family members including spouse/ common-law partner and children (under the age of 22 years), when settle in Canada. One can meet the requirement of funds, by meeting the requirements through one or more comibinations:
  • Funds as listed in bank statements, or statements of accounts showing other investments such as non-locked in, fixed term deposits, mutual funds, etc.
  • Annual earnings from ongoing employment in Ontario
  • A job offer in Ontario
Intent to live in OntarioNot Required
Legal status in Canada (if applicable)If living in Canada currently one must have legal status (e.g., a study permit, a work permit, or visitor registration).

Processing time for Ontario PNP or OINP streams

The processing time of Ontario PNP or OINP streams depends on the number of applications submitted into the stream. The average processing time of each stream operated under the Ontario PNP or OINP is as follows:

OINP Stream

Estimated Processing Time

Ontario’s Express Entry French-Speaking Skilled Worker

70 – 100 days

Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities

70 – 100 days

Ontario’s Express Entry Skilled Trades

70 – 100 days

Masters Graduate

90 – 120 days

Ph.D. Graduate

90 – 120 days

Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker

90 – 120 days

Employer Job Offer: International Student

90 – 120 days

Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills

90 – 120 days

Entrepreneur StreamExpression of Interest (EOI) Assessment: Less than 30 days 
Applications: Depends on application complexity

Documents required for Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (OINP) Applications

Candidates are required to scan and upload copies of the following mandatory documents with the application:

  • Notification of Interest (NOI) from Ontario
  • Identity documents
  • Documents showing Legal Status in Canada (if applicable)
  • Education documents
  • Language Exam results
  • A valid job offer from Ontario (if applicable)
  • Employment Documents of experience gained outside/ inside Canada
  • Proof of funds
  • Resume
  • Intent Letter
  • Other optional documents (if applicable)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Yes, both French and English language tests are required to apply to OINP's French-Speaking Skilled Workers (FSSW) stream. In these two languages, French is the primary language and English is the secondary language, with a minimum of CLB 7 in all French modules and a minimum of CLB 6 in all English modules required.

When deciding to immigrate to Ontario using the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), there are a number of streams from which to select. One person probably won't be qualified for all of the streams, and that's why it is important that you are aware of the stream you qualify for. Contact us so we can address all of your inquiries.

The average processing time for the applications submitted under the Human Capital category is 70-100 days, whereas for applications submitted under the Employer Job Offer category and International Student stream, it is 90-120 days.

For the business category, the expression of interest (EOI) takes less than 30 days to process, but the application processing for nomination time depends on the complexity of the application.

Yes. Currently, all streams are available.

Request a Call Back

Latest Ontario PNP Draws

Latest Ontario PNP Draws

Get in touch with us today

E: [email protected]
M: +91-8595010514


Australia logo
USA Flag
United States
New Zealand flag logo
New Zealand

Join Our Newsletter

We’ll send you updates and special offers if you enter your email address.

Request a Call from
Immigration Experts Now!