A number of important announcements have been made by the government of Ontario concerning its Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). This is a famous Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs) from Canada.
With the help of these programs, aspiring immigrants can settle in the region and contribute positively for the development of the economy.
It is needless to mention that Ontario is one of the most preferred destinations for immigrants and it is one of the most populated provinces in Canada.
The government of Ontario made a statement on its website on January 12:
The federal nomination allocation for 2016 has been fulfilled by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). Applications will continue to be processed under the OINP. Any further nominations will be moved towards allocations for 2017.
Online application systems will continue to be introduced under OINP for 2017 and it will improve the processing times and make it easier for clients to apply.
This shift in moving toward online application systems has been according to the current trend at the provincial and federal levels to process immigration.
The Express Entry selection system from the federal government is the most famous example to make a shift toward online processing. There are two streams in OINP that are aligned with Express Entry: the French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream and the Human Capital Priorities Stream.
OINP made an announcement in May 2016 that will place a temporary halt on the intake of new applicants in some of the streams. The temporary nature of this halt was stressed by the province and it is expected that streams will be launched or reopened in the near future.