Canadian Permanent Residency for International Students
The federal economic immigration programs of Canada as well as various provincial nominee programs provide students a variety of immigration options to Canada.
Candidates who studied and graduated in Canada are given bonus points. After you graduate, if you want to stay in Canada permanently, we can help you with a few choices that can result in a smooth transition.
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🏠 Permanent Residency Pathway Options for International Students
There are two great options for international students to choose from when considering Express Entry as a way for permanent residency:
Canadian Experience Class
A post-graduation work permit will likely be available to international students once they graduate, allowing them to obtain the necessary work experience to be eligible for the Canadian Experience Class which is one of the Express Entry pathways with the fastest routes to permanent residence.
Federal Skilled Worker Class
The Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program is one of the many streams Express Entry has to offer, but this one specifically can be a possibility of permanent residency for international students upon graduation. This program is a wonderful alternative for foreign student graduates who already have acquired competent job experience overseas since, unlike the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), it does not need fresh-grads to have Canadian work experience.
👩🎓 Foreign Student's Guide to Acquiring Canadian Permanent Residency
👩🎓 Step 1: Graduate and finish your courses in Canada.
🗣️ Step 2: Pass One of Canada’s language tests, either CELPIP (British-English), IELTS (Canadian-English), or TEF (French).
💼 Step 3: Receive a job offer from a Canadian employer.
👨💼 Step 4: Acquire at least 2 years of Canadian work experience.
💻 Step 5: Apply to the province directly or make an Express Entry profile (if you plan to apply through one of the Express Entry streams)
Click to for more tips on how to work and study in Canada.
❓ International Students Applying for Canada Permanent Residency: FAQS
97.5% of foreign graduates who requested for PR in Canada between January and October 2021 were granted. Over the same time frame, over 130,000 previous holders of research permits received PR approval.
We have yet to see how many foreign graduates will be accepted in 2023, and by starting now you could be one of them! 😉
For new foreign students who intend to stay in Canada permanently, Ontario is the most popular province.
Yes! While enrolled in school or after graduating, international students studying in Canada may seek for permanent residence status.
Although the US and Canada are both ideal locations for individuals who want to pursue higher education overseas, Canada has recently surpassed the US in popularity. Faster processing periods for study permits is the main reason why students choose Canada over the US.