The OINP Masters Graduate stream provides international graduates an opportunity to live and work in Ontario permanently.
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OINP Masters Graduate Stream Process & Requirements

The OINP Masters Graduate stream provides international graduates who have earned a master’s degree from an Ontario recognized university with the chance to apply to live and work in Ontario permanently. Ontario Masters Graduate is a Human Capital stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

Eligibility Requirements for OINP

The salient requirements to qualify for this stream is mentioned in the following table;

Eligibility CriteriaRequirements
Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceStudy Experience
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencyCLB 7
Level of EducationMaster’s Degree
Work ExperienceNo minimum
Investment RequirementNone
Settlement FundsYes, needed


To be eligible, you must have completed the requirements for a master’s degree and have demonstrated that you have done so.

This means that:

  • You must have completed at least one academic year of full-time study (i.e., at least 15 hours of instruction per week over the course of the academic year, including any time spent training in the workplace as part of your studies). It is possible to qualify for partial-time study if the programme is equivalent to at least one full-time academic year.
  • The degree was obtained from an Ontario-based university that qualifies (see the the list of eligible Ontario universities below)

You don’t qualify if you are enrolled as a student when you are applying, unless:

  • It is for the purpose of meeting the requirements to be licensed in a regulated occupation in Ontario
  • you are working full-time in Ontario
  • If you have obtained a bursary, grant, or scholarship that compels you to return to your native country after earning your master’s degree, you are ineligible for this programme. You will only be able to submit an application once you have met those obligations and can establish a desire to live in Ontario.

Residency in the province of Ontario

Before you may apply, you must have lawfully resided in Ontario for at least one year in each of the previous two years. Please keep in mind that your one-year residence can be applied to multiple years. This means that there may be gaps in your application if all of your periods of residency in Ontario sum up to a total of 12 months within the two years prior to your application.

Eligible Universities whose Masters Graduates are Qualified to Apply Under OINP

Your master’s degree must have been earned from one of the universities listed below in order to be eligible for the OINP Masters Graduate stream.

  • Algoma University
  • Brescia University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
  • Brock University
  • Carleton University
  • Dominican University College
  • Huron University College (Affiliated with the University of Western Ontario)
  • King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario
  • Lakehead University
  • Laurentian University
  • McMaster University
  • Nipissing University
  • Ontario College of Art & Design University
  • Queen’s University
  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • Saint Paul University (Federated with the University of Ottawa)
  • St. Jerome’s University (Federated with the University of Waterloo)
  • Trent University
  • University of Guelph
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of St. Michael’s College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Trinity College (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Windsor
  • Victoria University (Federated with the University of Toronto)
  • Western University
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • York University

Application Procedure for OINP

Below is a list of the steps involved in getting Permanent Residence through the Masters Graduate (MG) stream, which can help you have a better grasp of the procedure. Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Create a profile in the OINP e-Filing Portal.
  • Sign up for the OINP Masters Graduate stream by submitting an expression of interest.
  • After obtaining an invitation to apply, applicants must submit their application within 14 days by submitting their application through the OINP e-Filing Portal (filling in forms and uploading required documents).
  • Within six months of obtaining the nomination, submit an application for permanent residency to the federal government (IRCC) (after OINP processes their application).

Scoring Criteria for OINP

The scoring criteria is illustrated below;

Scoring CriteriaMaximum Points
Canadian Work ExperienceLength4
NOC skill level3
Earnings history3
EducationField of study10
Canadian education experience10
LanguageOfficial language ability (CLB level)10
Knowledge of official languages (English, French, or both)10
Regional ImmigrationLocation of study10
Strategic ProritiesOntario may award additional points to address labour market needs as required10
Total Available Points70

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