The province of Ontario, in an effort to attract young educated immigrants, created the Opportunities Ontario Provincial Nominee Program. If you are an international student in Ontario or you have graduated within the last 2 years, you may qualify for Permanent Residence in Canada.
In order to be eligible, you will have completed half of your studies at a publicly funded Canadian college or university; you must have completed a degree or a 2 year diploma while being a fulltime student. One year post graduate-degrees and certificate programs are also eligible, provided that they require a previous degree.
In order to qualify, you would need an offer of fulltime employment for an approved position, from an Ontario employer. The work does not have to be related to your field of study.
There are many advantages to applying under this stream. First and possibly foremost that it is not based on a point system, there are no language testing requirements and it is not necessary for you to have completed numerous years of work experience. Moreover, you could get a work permit as soon as you have been nominated.
Prior to the establishment of this program, it was nearly impossible for students to qualify for Canadian permanent residence, unless they were included as dependents in an application submitted by their parents. Opportunities Ontario has opened the door for international students that wish to make Ontario their permanent home.
After you have been nominated by the province of Ontario, the Ontario government will support your application for a Canadian work permit. The Ontario government nomination will also allow you and your dependents (if any) to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Once you have been nominated, you could be granted permanent resident status in as little as 9 – 12 months.
For more information on the Opportunities Ontario Provincial Nominee Program or any other Canadian or USA immigration matters, contact the Law Firm of Mann Law at (905) 565-5770 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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