The Province of Ontario released some updates related to the impacts that the coronavirus is having on the various streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).
Being Canada’s largest province with a population of 14.5 million people, OINP attracted over 45 percent of new permanent residents in the province for the year 2019.
OINP is an immigration pathway that allows the skilled immigrants to apply for provincial nomination and live in the province as a permanent resident. This year a total of seven draws has been held, with three OINP draws since the start of this pandemic.
Ontario PNP has been accepting applications for provincial nomination even if they are submitted without the supporting documents. For that applicants are asked to include a detailed explanation letter explaining the reasons for the missing information.
Employers should also keep in mind that applicants in the employer job posting category, which include foreign workers, international students, and candidates for the skills sought, must always have a permanent, on-time job offer fully approved by OINP.
Application assessed only upon confirmation of employment
Applicants and employers are required to promptly notify OINP of any material changes to their application, including changes in job positions that are the basis of job-offered streams.
OINP intends to contact all employers to confirm that the job offers or positions continue to meet the program criteria. Applications will be processed based on the response given by employers on the employment status.
OINP will continue to process requests if employers indicate that there has been no change of position. If an applicant’s job has been affected by a temporary layoff, such as an extended start date or reduced work hours, the application will be kept for up to 90 days. If the position has been eliminated or the employer has terminated employment, the application will be considered incomplete and the application fees will be reimbursed.
OINP continues to support laid-offs candidates with a provincial nomination
Applicants and employers are requested to inform OINP of any changes to their approved job positions. The conditions of employment must remain consistent throughout the duration of the engagement or until obtaining permanent residence. These conditions include:
Approval of the candidate’s job may be revoked if the conditions or restrictions are not met and the job has been terminated. Applicants whose job offers have been withdrawn or who have lost their jobs are asked to inform OINP.
Ontario PNP will continue to support the appointment of candidates whose jobs have been affected by a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 if they continue to meet the program criteria. In the event of a permanent layoff, candidates will have 90 days to obtain the support of another employer and will have the opportunity to submit a new request to POCI.
OINP Entrepreneur Applications
Applicants who have received an invitation to apply under the Entrepreneurs component of OINP will receive a temporary extension of 90 days and will be contacted by email.
In addition, applicants are requested to contact OINP if they have already submitted a full application under the Entrepreneur component and encounter difficulties such as:
According to the May 11 program update, “No request will be refused and no approval will be canceled without informing the requester and the employer.” OINP will review responses to these opinions before making a final decision.
On March 17, 2020, the Ontario government declared a state of emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of its residents. This state of emergency was extended on April 14 and remains in effect, although the province has recently started to take steps to reopen its economy following a drop in its COVID-19 growth rate.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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