Ontario Immigration UpdateOn March 17, 2020, the Government of Ontario declared an emergency under s 7.0.1 (1) the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all individuals and families in Ontario. This Declaration of Emergency was extended on April 14 and remains in effect.

Attention applicants

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) continues to respond to inquiries, process applications and issue nominations during the emergency. We will also continue to issue notifications of interest under Ontario’s express entry streams. The program will also continue to review and rank expressions of interest and issue invitations to apply under the OINP entrepreneur stream.

We recognize that applicants may experience delays obtaining information from third-parties. If you are unable to submit a required document due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please continue to submit your application and include a detailed explanation letter as to why you are unable to provide a required document and any supporting information. We will consider all relevant information when reviewing your application and may provide additional time to submit the required documentation.

If you have an application under an employer job offer stream (foreign worker, international student, in-demand skills) please note that the OINP intends to reach out to employers to assess the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on employment conditions, as explained in the section for employers below. You will be contacted if the OINP requires further information regarding your application following this review.

Note that the entrepreneur stream is subject to a distinct process. Please see the section Impact of COVID-19 on the OINP Entrepreneur Stream Applications.

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