OINP Master Graduate Stream

The Master Graduate stream offered by the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) presents a unique opportunity for international graduates with a master's degree from an Ontario university to apply for permanent residence in the province. This guide outlines the step-by-step process, eligibility criteria, scoring factors, and key considerations for a successful application.

Stream Requirements:

To be eligible for the Masters Graduate stream, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Expression of Interest and Invitation to Apply:

    • Receive an invitation to apply by registering in the OINP's Expression of Interest System.

    • Demonstrate that claimed qualifications in the Expression of Interest are accurate.

  2. Education:

    • Complete the requirements for a master's degree.

    • Minimum of one academic year of full-time study (at least 15 hours of instruction per week) in an eligible Ontario university.

    • Enrolled students may qualify under specific circumstances (e.g., meeting licensing requirements or working full-time in Ontario).

  3. Language Proficiency:

    • English or French language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 7 or higher.

    • Approved language tests (IELTS, CELPIP for English; TEF, TCF for French) required, taken within two years of application.

  4. Residency in Ontario:

    • Legal residency in Ontario for at least one year within the past two years.

    • Cumulative residency is accepted, allowing for gaps, as long as the total adds up to 12 months.

  5. Settlement Funds:

    • Adequate funds to support oneself and dependents in Canada.

    • Can be demonstrated through bank statements, annual earnings, or a job offer in Ontario.

  6. Intention to Live in Ontario:

    • Demonstrate an intention to live in Ontario through various ties, such as work history, job offers, studying, volunteering, property ownership, and family connections.

  7. Residency at Time of Application:

    • Applicants must either be living in Ontario with legal status or living outside Canada at the time of application.

    • Ineligible if living in a province or territory in Canada other than Ontario.

  8. Legal Status in Canada (if applicable):

    • Legal status (visitor record, study permit, or work permit) required at the time of application.

    • 'Implied status' may be accepted for applicants awaiting a decision on a renewal/extension application.

  9. Application Period:

    • Submit the application within two years of completing the requirements for obtaining the master's degree.

    • Use the date on the degree or an official letter from the university if the degree is not yet obtained.

Scoring Factors:

Applicants are assigned points based on various factors, contributing to a comprehensive scoring system. These factors include:

  1. Work or Study Permit Status:

    • With valid work or study permit: 10 points

    • Without valid work or study permit: 0 points

  2. Earnings History:

    • $40,000 or more earnings in a year: 3 points

    • Less than $40,000 earnings in a year: 0 points

  3. Highest Level of Education:

    • PhD: 10 points

    • Masters: 8 points

    • Bachelors or equivalent: 6 points

    • Graduate diploma or certificate: 6 points

    • Undergraduate diploma or certificate: 5 points

    • Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 5 points

    • Less than college or trade certificate: 0 points

Field of Study:

  • Points awarded based on the field of study:

  • STEM/Health (Engineering, Health, Math, Computer Science), and Trades: 12 points

  • Business and administration, social, legal, education, behavioral science, personal, security and transport services, social work, and related programs: 6 points

  • Arts and humanities, Business, humanities, arts, social science, and education (BHASE) programs, not elsewhere classified (n.e.c): 0 points

Canadian Education Experience:

  • More than one Canadian credential: 10 points

  • One Canadian credential: 5 points


  • Official language ability (CLB levels):

  • CLB 9 or higher: 10 points

  • CLB 8: 6 points

  • CLB 7: 4 points

  • CLB 6 or lower: 0 points

  • Knowledge of official languages:

  • 2 Official Languages: 10 points

  • 1 Official Language: 5 points


  • Points assigned based on the location of study:

  • Northern Ontario: 10 points

  • Other areas outside GTA (except Northern Ontario): 8 points

  • Inside GTA (except Toronto): 3 points

  • Toronto: 0 points

  • Credential completed without physically attending in-person classes: 0 points

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