UPDATE: Ontario closed registration window for Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream

Shelby Thevenot
Published: October 20, 2020

The Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream reached its registration limit.

Ontario says that registration for the stream is now closed until further notice.

Original story published Oct 20, 2020 at 20:01 GMT:

Ontario is set to open registration for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream on October 21.

Immigration candidates need a current job offer and an up-to-date Employer Form, in order to apply for this Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) expects a significant number of users to access the system.

"Due to the significant number of users expected to access the system, you may encounter a high-volume message page or be placed in a priority queue. If this occurs, it is not a technical error and you don’t need to contact the program," the OINP says in a media release.

The system will automatically shut down once the threshold for registrants has been met. Typically, this happens within the same day as the stream opens.

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To register, you must access the OINP e-Filing Portal directly from the government's Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker stream webpage. Click on the button ‘Submit an application’. You have to use a desktop, as mobile devices, such as cell phones and tablets, are not supported by the e-Filing system.

During registration, the OINP says to pay careful attention when entering your date of birth. The correct format in the e-Filing Portal is DD/MM/YYYY. It is important to use the correct format because if you make a mistake, the OINP will not let you change it.

This application window is just for the Employer Job Offer: Foreign Worker Stream. Applications for the Employer Job Offer: International Student and Masters Graduate streams are not going to be open tomorrow.

Current job offer and up-to-date Employer Form required

Your job offer must be current when you apply. New applications will not be held pending a potential return to work date. All required supporting documents must be included with the application such as an up-to-date job offer with a definitive and imminent start date.

You need to submit the most recent version of the Employer Form, which must be completed and dated no earlier than October 21, 2020. Although the Employer Form indicates that it must be submitted within six months from the date of signing, the information contained in the Employer Form must be current.

If you submit an Employer Form completed and dated before October 21, 2020, your application will returned as incomplete. Your application will also be returned if you do not provide a current job offer.

If you successfully register, you will have 14 days to complete and submit the application. You can use this time to upload an up-to-date Employer Form. The OINP will not provide extensions to this 14-day period.

The OINP has revised the "Regulatory Compliance Information" section B of the Employer Form to indicate whether the employer’s business is currently compliant under the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Employers should carefully review the information listed in the Employer Form, to ensure that all responses are accurate. This will help avoid delays in processing  your application.

If you experience technical difficulties while using the OINP e-Filing portal, you can contact the OINP directly at: ontarionominee@ontario.ca.  Include a screenshot showing the time and date stamp, and include details about how the error occurred.

The OINP intends to launch an Expression of Interest system for applicants in this stream in 2021.

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