March 17, 2017 — Ontario immigration applicants who want to appeal a refusal take note: you can no longer submit your request by conventional mail.
As of March 10, 2017, the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) only accepts appeals by email, and they must be submitted within 30 calendar days of the refusal letter date.
Email Address For OINP Reconsideration
Ontario immigration officials have also been very clear about what the email needs to say.
“In the email, applicants must clearly identify what error(s) they believe was/were made in the assessment of their application,” official guidance says.
“The error(s) identified must be related to the stated reason(s) for the refusal of their application.”
The guidance note also says applications will only be reconsidered based on a candidate’s eligibility at the time they applied.
This means that new information, such as a new or improved job or newly acquired education, cannot be considered as part of an appeal.
The guidance reads: “A decision will not be reconsidered on the basis of a change in circumstances after the application was submitted and will not take into consideration new information or documentation that was not submitted to the program during the initial application assessment.”
Candidates with improved circumstances must submit a new application, which also means paying the application fee over again.
Status of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Streams
|Human Capital Priorities (Express Entry)||Open|
|French-Speaking Skilled Worker (Express Entry)||Open|
|Employer Pre-Screen||Paused (May 9, 2016)|
|International Student (Masters Graduate)||Paused (February 23, 2017)|
|International Student (PhD Graduate)||Paused (February 24, 2017)|
|Investor Immigration (Corporate)||Open|
|Investor Immigration (Entrepreneur)||Open|
Ontario immigration is currently undergoing a drive to move its application processes online.
The website struggled to cope after a 10-fold increase in interest in its categories for masters graduates and PhD graduates.
Several would-be candidates were unable to complete their applications because of a number of frustrating error messages being generated by the system.
Officials too the step of extending the window from seven to 14 days for applications to be completed after initial registration.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program officials say the website is now more stable, with staff on hand to tackle any further problems.
The website buckled under the weight of more 117,000 visits in four days as candidates attempted to register their applications for popular immigrations streams for master’s and PhD graduates.
Registration limits were reached in two days for the master’s program and three days for the PhD program. Both programs are expected to open again in the next three months.
Once registered, applicants were initially given seven days to complete their application. This has now been extended to 14 days.
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