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Ontario Masters Graduate Stream Reopens Briefly

April 2018, 11
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The Masters Graduate Stream Ontario had opened briefly to accept new applications from global graduates on April 5. The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program made the announcement regarding its opening on April 5th. The stream closed in less than an hour.

This Stream is one of two immigration programs which are offered for overseas Students. The other stream remains open to graduates who have completed PhD in an eligible academic institution of Ontario.


It has the feature where a job offer is not required to submit an application. It has an aim to retain global graduates who have studied in the province.

The Intake limit is decided by using the time of first arrival basis. It completes the target very quickly. Ontario has not shown the volume of applications which are accepted in this intake.

Previously the Masters Graduate Stream was open on January 29th 2018. Similarly, it had accepted all the applications within hours of opening.

The OINP says that it will reopen this Stream after a certain period in this year. The plan is to fulfill the 2018 provincial nomination allocation target of Ontario.

6,600 nominations

In this year Ontario is going to nominate 6,600 people by using the various streams. The province is  a favorite study destination for overseas students, who wish to pursue higher education.

The provincial nomination that the applicants of the Stream receive is a primary certificate of provincial nomination. By using it the applicants can submit an application seeking the PR.

The base stream is not in alignment with the federal Express Entry system. However, it provides a pathway to interested individuals to seek permanent residence in Canada.


The OINP says that all the applicants must go through the application guides of the program before applying. This will not affect the criteria changes of the Ontario Immigration Act in January 2018.

Eligibility requirements

·       The candidates need to reside and work in Ontario.

·       They must be graduates after studying a Master’s program from a university based in Ontario. The university must be of public fund category,

·       Period of study: one year and of a full-time category,

·       These candidates need to submit the application in two years after taking the Masters degree.

·       The status of candidates must be legal when they are residing in Ontario at the time of submitting the application:

·       The Applicants can be citizens of countries other than Canada at the time of submitting application,

·       Candidates are exempt from having a legal status in Canada in case they apply from countries other than Canada,

·       They also need to have sufficient proficiency level in English/French of CLB 7 in four competencies. These are reading, speaking, writing, and listening.

·       Having adequate savings and income to support their life and of their dependents is also compulsory,

·       They must have a residence in Ontario for 12 months in the 24 months prior to submitting the application

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