A change in the registration system of 5 immigration streams of the economic class in Ontario will undergo changes in the coming weeks. From the earlier model of first-come-first-serve, OINP is shifting to an EOI system. This will be a system based on points earned by candidates for various labor market and human capital factors.
The EOI system is already in use in many provinces where the PNP apply it in their management system for new registrations. The OINP will apply the new EOI system to the following streams:
- Immigration streams marked by job offered by a Canadian employer (viz. International Student, Foreign Worker, and In-Demand Skills)
- Masters Graduate stream
- D. Graduate stream
As OINP is changing the system, the streams mentioned above are for the time-being not made available to new applicants. Once the new EOI system launches within a few weeks, these streams will be reopened to the applicants.
The change to the EOI system and its effect on immigration to Ontario
Before the EOI system will be implemented, the immigration streams that it will affect will have worked in a “rushed seating” fashion. Ontario would invite applicants to register via the web portal. These applicants are those who want to immigrate to Canada via one of the Ontario PNPs.
The popular demand for the program streams will cause the registration windows to stay open before they get closed after applications reaching the limit. This will have left many having lost the chance.
Besides, the lack of a dedicated email for OINP for those who experience technical snags will have affected their registration. Slow internet in many places also becomes the reason for failure to register within the short span when the registration window is open.
Now, under the EOI system. Individuals will require to submit a resume showing education, work experience, and other relevant information. Based on the information, the candidates are assigned scores. High scorers have a greater chance to receive invites to apply for a provincial nomination for Canada PR.
Public consultations for the new EOI system were received from the fall of 2020 itself. The feedback was generally positive. Between September 9, 2020, and October 23, 2020, 250 feedback submissions were received. They came from prospective applicants, individuals, employers, industry associations, immigration organizations and representatives, and professional associations.
Many respondents expressed their belief that the new EOI system would be fairer as well as more predictable. They also thought that it will be more user-friendly compared to the current system.
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