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Ministry of
Citizenship
and Immigration
Application
Guide
for the Federal
Skilled Workers
Pilot
Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Before You Apply……………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
How to Apply……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 6
Step 1: Receive Letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada………6
Step 2: Gather Required Documents........…………………………………………...6
Step 3: Completing the Form: Step-by-Step.......………………………………10
Step 4: Submitting your Application to Opportunities Ontario....………19
After You Apply………………………………………………………………………………………………..21
The information in this guide provides details on the Opportunities Ontario:
Provincial Nominee Program. The Government of Ontario reserves the right to
change any aspect of the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program,
including any time limits, nomination categories, eligibility criteria, distribution of
nominations by category and supporting documentation requirements, at any time
and without notice.
For the most recent updates to the program, please check the Opportunities Ontario:
Provincial Nominee Program website at http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/FSWPILOT.html.
This guide is made available free by Opportunities Ontario to everyone and
is not to be sold.
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Before You Apply
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Ontario government are offering applicants
an alternative route to obtain permanent residency in Canada. Applicants who submitted their
application for permanent residence in occupations selected by Ontario under the Federal
Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) - prior to 2008 - may be eligible to apply to the Federal
Skilled Worker (FSW) Pilot under the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada has issued letters to all potential applicants inviting them
to apply to Ontario’s FSW Pilot. Please note that only individuals who received this letter may
apply to Ontario’s FSW Pilot. Applicants will have until May 4th, 2012 to submit an
application to Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program. Due to the limited number
of spaces available for this Pilot all of the applications may not be processed. It is
recommended that the application is submitted as early as possible.
The program is entirely voluntary and there is NO FEE to apply. If you decide to participate in
this Pilot and are nominated by Ontario, it could result in an earlier Permanent Residence visa
issuance for you. Should you be successful in receiving a nomination from Ontario, your file
will be processed as a Provincial Nominee and your FSWP application will be withdrawn from
the FSWP queue. If you do not wish to apply, or if you apply but are not nominated by
Ontario, your application will remain in the same position in the FSWP queue until it comes up
for processing.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The eligibility criteria for the FSW Pilot under Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee
Program is not the same as the Federal Skilled Worker Program under Citizenship and
Immigration Canada (CIC). The FSWP under CIC is a points-based system where a minimum
of 67 points is required to be eligible for nomination for permanent residence status.
Opportunities Ontario’s FSW Pilot is not a points-based system and has its own
eligibility requirement.
To be eligible to apply under Ontario’s FSW Pilot, your occupation must fall into one of the five
following National Occupation Classifications (NOC):

Information Systems Analysts and Consultants (NOC 2171)
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
Software Engineers and Developers (NOC 2173)

Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (NOC 2174)

Financial and Investment Analysts (NOC 1112)

Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries (NOC 2161)
(The NOC is Canada’s national system to classify and describe all occupations across the
country. It describes duties, skills, aptitudes, and work settings for occupations in the
Canadian labour market).
Additional Requirements
In addition to being in an occupation that falls into one of the five NOC categories, you must
also meet additional requirements described below to apply to Ontario’s FSW Pilot.
Education
You must have earned a minimum 3-year degree from a reputable post-secondary institution.
The institution must be recognized by the authorities responsible for registering, accrediting,
supervising and regulating the institution in the country where the degree was issued. The
degree must be genuine, earned through class participation and academic excellence.
Language Proficiency
The ability to communicate and work in one or both of Canada’s official languages is very
important. Proficiency in English, French or both will help you succeed in the Ontario labour
market. You will need to demonstrate strong proficiency in one of Canada’s official languages
through a language test. You must submit original results from a designated testing agency
for one of the following language tests:
English

IELTS: International English Language Testing System (General Training test only).
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You must attain a minimum band score of 6.5
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Or
French

TEF: Test d’évaluation de français.
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You must attain a minimum band score of 4.5.
Note: The band score will be calculated by adding your scores for expression
orale, compréhension orale, compréhension écrite, and expression écrite, and
dividing the total score by 4.
Your results must be from a test that was written within the past 12 months from the date
Opportunities Ontario receives your application. If the results are older than 12 months, you
will have to retake the language test and submit the new results to Opportunities Ontario.
Example: If Opportunities Ontario receives your application on April 1, 2012, your test results
must be from April 1, 2011 onwards. If your test results are prior to April 1, 2011 (e.g. March
15, 2011), it is not valid.
Settlement Funds
You must show that you have enough money to support yourself and your family members
after you arrive to Ontario. This includes all family members who are financially dependant on
you, regardless if they are accompanying you to Ontario or not. This is a requirement that
also exists with CIC’s Federal Skilled Worker Program and is intended to ensure that you can
transition to gainful employment in the province.
The amount calculated in the table below is determined by the size of your family and is an
estimate of what you would require to support yourself and your family without employment
or other income. You cannot borrow this money.
Family Size
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2
3
4
5
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7 or more
Funds Required
$11,115
$13,837
$17,011
$20,654
$23,425
$26,419
$29,414
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Note: The number of family members includes both accompanying and non-accompanying
dependents (e.g. If the applicant is married, then the family size is 2 (applicant + spouse),
which means that the sufficient funds for the family is $13, 837. If the applicant is married
and has one dependent child, then the family size is 3 (applicant+ spouse + dependent child),
which means that the sufficient funds required for the entire family is $17,011).
Applicant A Example:

Applicant A is married with one dependent child. As a family of three, the applicant
needs to demonstrate at least $17,011 of savings for the 12 months following his/her
application to Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program.

Applicant A has $20,000 in his/her bank account. This means that applicant A meets
the minimum amount of savings for the program.

Applicant A needs to submit supporting documents, demonstrating the $20,000
balance in his/her bank account. This document can be obtained at no cost from your
financial institution.
Applicant B Example:

Applicant B is moving to Canada with her spouse.

Applicant B’s mother is staying in her home country.

Both the spouse and the mother are financially dependent on Applicant B.

Applicant B must show savings of $17,011 to support 3 people.
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HOW TO APPLY
Step 1.
Receive letter
from Citizenship
and Immigration
Canada
Step 2.
Gather
required
documents
Step 3.
Complete the
application
form
Step 4.
Submit the complete
application to
Opportunities Ontario
STEP 1: RECEIVE LETTER FROM CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION CANADA (CIC)
You will have received a letter from CIC inviting you to apply to Ontario’s FSW Pilot. CIC has
selected applicants from the Federal Skilled Worker Program queue who applied prior to 2008
and whose occupation on their FSW application matches one of the five National Occupation
Classifications identified by Ontario.
The letter from CIC is NOT a nomination for permanent residence status under the Federal
Skilled Worker Program. The letter is an invitation to apply to Ontario’s FSW Pilot as an
alternate route to obtain permanent residence status. In order to be nominated for permanent
residence status under Ontario’s FSW Pilot, you must complete the remaining steps and
submit your application to Opportunities Ontario; if your application is approved, then you and
your family will be nominated for permanent residence status.
STEP 2: GATHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Below is a list of all the documents you will need to submit to demonstrate that you meet
Opportunities Ontario’s eligibility criteria and to confirm your identity, family situation,
education and work experience.
Required Documents:
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Ontario’s Federal Skilled Workers Pilot Nominee Application Form
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Translator affidavit (if applicable)
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Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative form (if applicable)
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Copy of the CIC letter alerting you to the FSW Pilot
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A signed copy of the consent page you received from CIC to be considered for processing
under the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program
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Copy of your entire passport (including Work Permits, Study Permits, Visitor Records,
Temporary Resident Visas, and/or any other Canadian immigration documents or entry
stamps)
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Copy of your birth certificate
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Certified copy of your university degree(s), college diploma(s), transcripts and/or
occupational certificates. Copy of the official final transcript issued by the institution to the
applicant showing all degree requirements are complete. If applicable, include proof of
previous study in Canada (attach copies of study permits issued to you and/or your
accompanying spouse or common-law partner and any certificates/diplomas that were
awarded).
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Copies of letter(s) of reference from previous employer(s) and/or client(s) from all your
employers for the past 10 years or since you were 18 years old, whichever period is
shorter.
For example, if you are 24 you would submit letters from employers/clients you have
worked for since you were 18. If you are 45, you would submit letters from
employers/clients that you have worked for in the past 10 years.
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The letters must be written on company letterhead, signed and dated by the
responsible officer/supervisor – please also write the officer/supervisor’s name and job
title. The letter must also show the company’s full address, telephone and fax
numbers, e-mail and website addresses.
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The letters should indicate the number of hours per week, or per year, you worked for
each employer/client. Please include the positions you held with each employer/client
and the specific period of your employment in each position (please provide the month
and year you started and ended at each position), your main responsibilities and
duties in each position, total annual salary plus benefits, and any extended periods of
leave (i.e. more than one month).
o
Do not cut and paste the job duties from the NOC website into the reference letters.
The job duties listed must be the employer/client’s own description of the actual job
duties you performed.
o
Please see page 5 of the Federal Skilled Workers Pilot form for additional supporting
documents that you may want to include in your application.
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Original IELTS or TEF test report issued by a designated testing agency recognized by
IELTS or TEF. The test results are considered valid if they are 12 months from the date
Opportunities Ontario receives your application.
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Copy of your up-to-date resume
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Proof of Savings: In order to show you have sufficient funds to settle in Ontario, you must
provide an up-to-date original bank account statement in your name that is in English or
French and stamped and dated by a banking institution. You must also submit copies of
your bank transaction records for the last six months that immediately precedes the date
you submit the application to Opportunities Ontario. The banking information must be in
English or French, on a bank letterhead and signed, and should contain the following
information: account number, transit and institution number, account holder’s name,
amount and currency.
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A letter explaining any ties that you have to Ontario and why you have chosen Ontario as
a place to settle.
o
The letter should be typed and approximately 1 to 2 pages.
o
Please insert your name, date, and number of your CIC file.
o
Mention all your ties to Ontario and reasons why you want to settle in Ontario. Ties to
Ontario can include:
 previous work and/or study in Ontario (you may include reference letters from
previous employers and/or academic transcripts);
 spouse/common-law partner’s previous work or study in Ontario;
 a potential job offer in Ontario;
 any relatives that you have who reside in Ontario (brothers, sisters, parents etc.);
 visits that you have made to Ontario (visits can be for business, vacation,
personal, etc.); and,
 any property that you have in Ontario (house, condo, etc.)
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If applicable, proof of job offer in Ontario (please note this is NOT a requirement to apply
to Ontario’s FSW Pilot).
o
The letters must be written on company letterhead, signed and dated by the
responsible officer/supervisor.
o
The letter must show the company’s full address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail
and website addresses, and, if applicable, stamped by the company’s official seal.
o
The letters must also include an expected start date, duration of employment, title of
the position (provide the NOC code, if known), total salary plus benefits, and number
hours you will be working per week.
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Make a copy of your application package:
Please note that you are to submit only copies of supporting documents including civil
documents (birth certificate and passport). Do NOT submit originals. Ontario will not return
your application or supporting documents.
What NOT to do with your application:

Do NOT bind your application or put the pages in a ring binder

Do NOT enclose individual pages in plastic, envelopes or folders

Do NOT tie, bolt or glue the pages together

Do NOT use multiples staples on a page

Do NOT send multiple copies of identical documents
Certified Copies: For some of the documents you are asked to provide certified copies. Also,
documents that require translation will need to be certified. Only an authorized person can
certify a photocopy of a document. The authorized person must make a photocopy of the
original document and on the photocopy print the following:

“I certify that this is a true copy of the original document”,

The name of the original document,

The date of the certification, his or her name,

His or her official position or title, and his or her signature
People authorized to certify copies include the following:
In Canada:

A commissioner of oaths

A notary public

A justice of the peace
Outside Canada:

A judge

A magistrate

A notary public

An officer of a court of justice

A commissioner authorized to
administer oaths in the country in
which the person is living
Document translation
If supporting documents are not in English or French you must supply a certified copy of the
documents, a full translation of the documents, and an affidavit from the person who
completed the translation. Otherwise, applications will not be processed. Translations by
family members are not acceptable.
Translation of Documents: An affidavit is a document on which the translator has sworn, in
the presence of a commissioner authorized to administer oaths in the country in which the
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translator is living, that the content of their translation are a true translation and
representation of the contents of the original document. Translators who are certified
members in good standing of one of the provincial or territorial organizations of translators
and interpreters of Canada do not need to supply an affidavit.
STEP 3: COMPLETING THE FORM: STEP-BY-STEP
Visit the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program website to download and
complete the Nominee Application form for Ontario’s Federal Skilled Worker Program Pilot.
http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/FSW-PILOT.html
You cannot electronically save the information entered in the Federal Skilled Workers Pilot
Nominee Application form. After completing the form, you should click the “Print” button in
order to have a printed copy of your application to submit to Opportunities Ontario. You may
wish to print an extra copy of the form for your own records before you exit the forms page.
Hand written application will be considered if the information is legible.
If you have no internet access or experience technical problems, please contact Opportunities
Ontario for assistance or to request that a Nominee Application Package be sent to you by
mail. Opportunities Ontario can be contacted at 416-327-0374 or 1-866-214-6820 (toll free in
North America) or by e-mail at [email protected]
Important:
All application forms are made available free of charge by Opportunities Ontario
and are not to be sold. Individuals found using this form fraudulently may be
disqualified from future participation in any immigration program with the
Government of Ontario.
Part A: Personal Information
1.
Enter your last name (family name), first name and middle name(s).
2.
 Enter your date of birth (Year/Month/Day).
 Enter your place of birth (city or town).
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 Enter your country of birth.
 Check the appropriate box to indicate if you are female or male.
 Enter your citizenship.
 Enter your country of residence.
 Check the appropriate box to indicate your marital status.
3.
For applicants currently in Canada, check the appropriate box to indicate your status, and
 Enter the Citizenship and Immigration Canada document number;
 Enter the expiration date of your current Citizenship and Immigration Canada document
(Work Permit, Study Permit, etc.);
For all applicants:
 Enter the file number that CIC gave to you when you submitted your application to CIC
under the Federal Skilled Workers Program, which visa post it was submitted to, and
enter the date it was submitted.
 Indicate if you or your spouse or common-law partner, or dependent children, already
submitted an Application for Permanent Residence to another province or territory. If
yes, explain why.
4.
Enter your passport number and your full name as it appears on your passport.
5.
 Enter your current residential address.
 Enter your telephone number where you may receive personal calls. Include all country
and area codes.
 Enter your email address (if applicable).
 Enter your mailing address, if different than your current address.
6.
 List any visits you have made to Canada in the last ten years. Use a separate sheet of
paper if additional space is required.
 Enter the reason for visit, province(s) visited, length of stay and year of visit in the
appropriate boxes.
7.
Enter your native language and any other languages you speak fluently.
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Part B: Assistance with Application
 Check the appropriate box to indicate if you had help preparing your Opportunities Ontario
Application. If you would like to authorize this individual to communicate on your behalf
regarding this application, please attach the Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative
form.
 If you did authorize someone to communicate on your behalf regarding the application,
please write down their name, telephone, and relationship to you. Also indicate if you paid
this person.
Part C: Learning about the Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program
 Please check the appropriate box(es) to indicate how you learned about Opportunities
Ontario. Since it is CIC that issued you a letter to participate in the FSW Backlog Reduction
Pilot, you can check the “CIC/Visa Office” box. If you learned about this initiative before
receiving the CIC letter, you can select another option.
Part D: Occupation and Education
1.
 Enter your current occupation (job title).
2.
 Enter the occupation you intend to work in Ontario.
3.
 List all employment for the last ten years, or since age 18 (whichever is less) and attach
supporting documentation for each entry. Use a separate sheet of paper if additional
space is required.
 Enter the start date and end date of that job, the name of the employer for that job
(company name), the city, country and job title for each entry.
 Enter the National Occupation Classification code for each occupation you have listed. To
find out the NOC code for your occupation go to:
http://www5.hrsdc.gc.ca/NOC/English/NOC/2006/SearchNocCode.aspx)
 Do not cut and paste the NOC description in your application.
4.
Indicate if you were ever self-employed. If you were self-employed, provide detailed
information on the start and end date.
5.
Enter the highest level of education you have completed.
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6. List all the post-secondary education you have completed. You are required to attach
supporting documentation (certified copies of degrees and/or diplomas, transcripts,
letters of reference, etc.).
Part E: Language Proficiency
1a.
If you to took the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test,
enter the overall band score. You can find your band score on the IELTS
test. The score is valid if you took the test within the past 12 months from the date
Opportunities Ontario receives your application.
b.
If you took the Test d’Évaluation Français, enter your score for expression orale,
compréhension orale, compréhension écrite and expression écrite. (An average of all
your scores will be taken to calculate the band score.)
If you encounter difficulties scheduling an IELTS or TEF test before the May 4 deadline, please
contact the program at [email protected]
Part F: Ties to Ontario
1.
Indicate if you intend to stay in Ontario after you receive your permanent
residence status.
2.
Please provide a typed letter, approximately one to two pages, explaining any ties that
you have to Ontario and why you have chosen Ontario as a place to settle. Also include in
the letter your name, date, and CIC file number.
Ties to Ontario can include:

previous work and/or study in Ontario (you may include reference letters from
previous employers and/or academic transcripts);

spouse/common-law partner’s previous work or study in Ontario;

a potential job offer in Ontario;

any relatives that you have who reside in Ontario (brothers, sisters, parents etc.);

visits that you have made to Ontario (visits can be for business, vacation, personal,
etc.)

3.
any property that you have in Ontario (house, condo, etc.)
Indicate if you have a job offer with an Ontario employer (please not this is NOT a
requirement to apply to Ontario’s FSW Pilot). Please provide details on your
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arranged employment (for example, an offer of employment letter or email, and
Application posting in Ontario).
4.
Indicate if you or your accompanying spouse or common-law partner has a relative living
in Canada who is a citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. Please provide the type of
relationship (e.g. brother, parent, etc.) Indicate if it is you or your accompanying spouse
or common-law partner whose relative is living in Canada.
Part G: Settlement Funds
1.
Indicate the total amount (in Canadian dollars) of transferable and available funds that
you have for settlement in Canada. Do not include assets such as ownership of property
or goods as it will NOT be considered.
2.
Indicate the total number of people in your family (including yourself) that are dependent
on you financially (this includes family that will not be accompanying you to Canada).
Part H: Family Information
You must provide the following details about each of your immediate family members who will
be accompanying you to Canada. If you have more than 3 family members, please photocopy
this page of your application form and fill it out for all accompanying family members. Attach
the photocopied page to your application form. Please do not include family members who are
Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.
If you are unsure about who qualifies as an immediate family member, please refer to the
section entitled Family Members of Skilled Workers offered by the Government of Canada’s
Department of Citizenship and Immigration web site, at the following link
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/op/op06-eng.pdf.
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Enter the last name (family name), first name and middle name(s) for family member
as it appears on the family member’s passport or official identification document.
•
Enter the date of birth (Year/Month/Day) for family member as it appears on the
family member’s passport or official identification document.

Check the appropriate box to indicate whether family member is female or male.

Enter the country of citizenship and country of residence of family member.

Enter the relationship of family member to you (i.e. son, wife).
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
Enter the current occupation of family member (if applicable).

Enter the family member’s native language and any other languages he/she speaks.

Enter the total number of years of formal education of family member.

Check appropriate box to indicate the marital status of family member.

Check box to indicate highest level of education attained (designations obtained) by
family member. Supporting documentation is not necessary.
Part I: Fees
You do NOT have to pay a fee to apply to Ontario’s FSW Pilot.
Part J: Application Checklist
Complete the checklist by checking off the appropriate boxes to ensure you have included all
required documents in your application package. Only completed application packages will be
processed. None of the documents submitted as part of the application package will be
returned to you. You must keep a copy of the completed form and all the documents before
sending them to Opportunities Ontario.
Part K: Applicant Statements and Authorization
 Please read and ensure you understand all applicant statements and authorizations,
including the section on authorization to collect, use, retain and disclose personal
information.
 Enter your initials beside each statement and authorization including the section on
authorization to collect, use, retain and disclose personal information, to acknowledge
agreement.
 Enter your full name and date and provide signature at bottom of page. Please note that
any application without a signature will be considered incomplete. Only completed
applications will be processed.
 Please have accompanying spouse or common-law partner and accompanying dependents
(aged 16 years or over) read and understand the Statement and Authorization and enter
their full name(s) and provide signature(s) and date at bottom of page.
Declaration as to the Truth of Nominee Application
You must confirm the truth of all contents and supporting documents in the nominee
application package. The affidavit must be signed by you in front of the individual taking the
affidavit.
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Your affidavit is evidence that what you declare on your application and other forms and
supporting documents is true. If outside Ontario, an affidavit needs to be administered before:
a.
a judge
b.
a magistrate
c.
an officer of a court of justice
d.
a commissioner for taking affidavits or other competent authority of the like nature
e.
a notary public
f.
the head of a city, town, village, township or other municipality
g.
an officer of any of Her Majesty’s diplomatic or consular services, including an
ambassador, envoy, minister, charge d’affairs, counsellor, secretary, attache, consulgeneral, consul, vice-consul, pro-consul, consular agent, acting consul-general, acting
consul, acting vice-consul and acting consular agent
h.
an officer of the Canadian diplomatic, consular or representative services, including, in
addition to the diplomatic and consular officers mentioned in clause (g), a high
commissioner, permanent delegate, acting high commissioner, acting permanent
delegate, counsellor and secretary
i.
a Canadian Government trade commissioner or assistant trade commissioner,
exercising his or her functions or having jurisdiction or authority as such in the place in
which it is administered, sworn, affirmed or made, is as valid and effectual to all
intents and purposes as if it had been duly administered, sworn, affirmed or made in
Ontario before a commissioner for taking affidavits in Ontario.
In Ontario this is usually a lawyer, a provincial judge, a justice of the peace or a commissioner
for taking affidavits.
How to Complete the Translator Affidavit (if applicable – please note that this is a
separate form)
1.
Read and ensure you understand the declarations provided on the given form.
2.
Enter the name of the city, town or village where declaration is being administered.
3.
Enter the name of the province or state where this declaration is being administered.
4.
Enter the name of the country where this declaration is being administered.
5.
Enter the date of affidavit administration (dd/mm/year).
6.
Provide signature of Commissioner taking affidavits.
7.
Sign form above Signature of Deponent.
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How to Complete the Authorizing or Cancelling a Representative Form (if applicable
– please note this is a separate form)
This form is used by a prospective nominee (applicant) to authorize a representative to act on
his/her behalf in connection with the application package.
A representative is someone who has your permission to communicate on your behalf with the
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration regarding Opportunities Ontario. You may
have only one representative at a time. A representative can only be appointed by the use of
this form. If you appoint another representative, the previous representative will no longer be
authorized to conduct business on your behalf or receive information about your application.
Unpaid representatives might include anyone while paid representatives must be authorized
according to the rules of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada. Authorized
Representatives are:
 Immigration consultants who are members in good standing with the Immigration
Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council;
 Lawyers who are licensees in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society
and students-at-law under their supervision, and
 Quebec notaries.
If you authorize a paid representative who is not an Authorized Representative, your
application will not be processed and will be returned to you.
Please note that you are not obliged to hire a representative. The program treats all
applicants equally.
Advisory Notice: Paid Representatives
The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration is aware that, in the past, some individuals
considering immigration to Ontario have paid large fees to persons who may have provided
incorrect or fraudulent advice.
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Individuals who are considering hiring a paid representative to assist them with immigration
matters processed by Opportunities Ontario and/or the Canadian Government should be aware
the federal government’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations state that only
authorized representatives may charge fees to represent an individual in an immigration
application. Opportunities Ontario applies this rule.
Section 13.1 (1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations states, “…no person
who is not an authorized representative may, for a fee, represent, advise or consult with a
person who is the subject of a proceeding or application before the Minister, an officer or the
Board.”
Only an authorized representative belonging to a Canadian provincial or territorial law society,
the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, or the Chambre des notaires du
Québec may charge a fee for conducting business on an individual’s behalf.
For more information about representatives, how to choose a representative, what services
they may offer and frequently asked questions, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada
website at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/representative/index.asp.
To complete the form, follow these steps:
1.
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether you are appointing a representative OR
cancelling the appointment of a representative;
2.
If you are appointing a representative please complete Sections B, C and E;
3.
If you are cancelling the appointment of a representative. Please complete Sections B, D
and E.
Section B: Prospective Nominee Information
4.
Enter your last name (family name), first name and middle name(s).
5.
Enter your date of birth (Year/Month/Day).
Section C: Appointment of a Representative
1.
Please read and ensure you understand the authorization statements at the beginning of
this section.
2.
Enter the last name (family name), first and middle name(s) of your representative.
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3.
Check the appropriate box to indicate whether your representative is a PAID or UNPAID
member of the various listed organizations, a friend, a family member or other.
4.
Enter the name of the firm or organization of your representative (if applicable).
5.
Enter the full mailing address of your representative.
6.
Enter the telephone number and fax number (if applicable) of your representative,
including country code and area code.
7.
Enter the email address of your representative (if applicable).
8.
Ensure your representative reads, understands, signs and dates the declarations
presented at bottom of Section C.
Section D: Cancel the Appointment of a Prospective Nominee (Applicant)
Representative
1.
Enter the last name (family name) of the representative whose appointment you are
cancelling.
2.
Enter the first and middle name(s) of the representative whose appointment you are
cancelling.
3.
Enter the name of the firm or organization of the representative whose appointment you
are cancelling (if applicable).
Section E: Declaration
1.
Please read and ensure you understand the statements at the beginning of this section.
2.
Enter your full name.
3.
Sign and date the form.
STEP 4: SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION TO OPPORTUNITIES ONTARIO
You must submit your application to Opportunities Ontario by May 4th, 2012. The
application and other forms must be completed in full and all required documents must be
provided (with translations and translator affidavit where required). Note that only complete
applications will be processed.
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Submit the completed application package by mail, courier or personal delivery to:
Ontario Federal Skilled Worker Program Pilot
Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program
400 University Avenue., Ground Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 2R9
*Please clearly indicate that the package is for the Ontario Federal Skilled Worker
Program Pilot.
For specific questions about any part of this guide and the application process please email us
at [email protected] or call us at 416-327-0374 or toll free at 1-866-214-6820
(within North America only).
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AFTER YOU APPLY
Receipt of Application
If Opportunities Ontario receives your application by May 4th, 2012, we will send you a letter
by the end of July, 2012 letting you know that we have your application. If you have not
heard from Opportunities Ontario by the end of July 2012, please contact us.
Processing the Application
Opportunities Ontario will review your application to determine if you meet all of the eligibility
requirements under Ontario’s FSW Pilot. If your application is approved, you will receive a
Letter of Nomination and a copy of your Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program
Certificate. You must place a copy of your Letter of Nomination on top of your Permanent
Residence Application before submitting it to Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC)
Sydney Central Intake Office. Opportunities Ontario will give you instructions on how to
submit your Permanent Residence Application to CIC.
Factors that May Result in Denials
 Illegible forms or applications.
 Incomplete forms or applications.
 Incomplete translations or translations not certified and notarized.
If you apply but are not nominated by Ontario, your application will remain in the same
position in the FSWP queue until it comes up for processing.
Permanent Residence Application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Processing times for permanent residence status may vary. To check the status of your
Permanent Residence application visit CIC’s website. Please note that CIC gives priority
processing to applications made under the Provincial Nominee class. To avoid delays in your
application, please ensure that security, criminality and health checks are complete as these
checks account for the bulk of the processing time.
Changes in Personal Information
Please note that it is your responsibility to contact Opportunities Ontario if there are any
changes in applicant contact information (address, phone number) or family composition due
to:
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 Marriage/common-law relationship
 Birth of a child.
 Change of custody.
 Divorce/ separation, or
 Death.
You should inform Opportunities Ontario prior to submitting your application for permanent
residency to CIC. Complete the Change of Personal Information form available on our website
http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/FSW-PILOT.html and mail it to Opportunities Ontario.
Copies of the appropriate supporting documents, such as marriage or birth certificates, should
be provided along with notifications of change.
Additional documents may be submitted by mail, fax or email if they are related to changes in
your mailing address or contact address, accompanying dependents and designated
representative, education or employment, or if specifically requested by Opportunities Ontario.
If you do choose to send information through email, please note that sending sensitive
personal information through unsecured e-mail channels is risky and is strongly discouraged
by Opportunities Ontario. Users assume the risk associated with any electronic transfer of
information to Opportunities Ontario and Opportunities Ontario is not liable for any damages
that may arise from interception, loss, theft or other action regarding your personal
information while in transit.
What happens after I am approved?
A provincial Nomination Certificate will be issued for all successful nominees. Successful
nominees must then apply to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for permanent
residence. A successful provincial nomination replaces the selection component under other
immigration classes (such as the Federal Skilled Worker Class, and the Family Class).
Provincial nominees will receive priority processing from CIC.
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