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Ontario Puts Transitory Suspension on Base OINP Petitions

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In a major development, the Canadian province of Ontario has reportedly proclaimed that it is not admitting fresh petitions to the “base” classes of the well-known and the widely used Ontario Immigrant Nominee Programme (OINP) for overseas movement to the country.

What are base provincial nominations? These are basically those nominations made outside the Express Entry structure, even as these are subject to specific PNP Classes and processing standards.

Despite the fact that a person, who fruitfully gets such a nomination from a province, will not get 600 points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), he will be in a position to utilize that nomination with a view to submit an application for the prized Permanent Residence (PR) in the nation.

The OINP declared that the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) decides the yearly provincial nomination goals. The OINP obtained a base stream share of 2,500 nominations for this year.

The OINP has used its base stream share for this year, and the scheme is powerless to issue more nominations under its base streams until January 1, next year. A decision on the applications of those--who have already presented a petition to the OINP but have not still obtained a decision--will be made next year.

In case sanction has been given to one’s employer pre-screen petition, the OINP will keep on admitting the corresponding nominee petition (s) through the Foreign Worker and International Student with Job Offer categories.

Further, from November 16, 2015 to December 31, 2015, the scheme will not accept any new Employer pre-screen petitions or petitions under the Master’s and PhD categories. Any petitions obtained through the duration will be returned back to the candidate. The ONIP welcomes fresh petitions filed under the two given classes beginning January 1, next year.


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