Permanent resident visa

Permanent residence in Canada for International students and graduates

The number of students who choose to pursue Higher Education in Canada increases every year with three in ten international students who entered Canada after the 2000s remaining in the country and becoming permanent residents. Permanent residence in Canada for international students is achievable through a variety of Canadian immigration programs this blog will help you how to obtain Canadian permanent residence after post-graduation.

The student’s options available for  applying for a Permanent Resident visa

  • Express Entry
  • Post-Graduation Work Permit Program [PGWPP]
  • Provincial Nominee Program [PNP]
  • Quebec immigration
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot [AIP]

Express Entry

Canada’s main economic immigration program is the Express Entry. Through the express entry program, it gives some advantages to international students who completed studies in Canada. While applying through the Express program provides 30 points in the CRS score for those who have completed a Canadian post-secondary educational credential.

Three immigration programs that come under the IRCC Express Entry system –

  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program [FSWP]

If you don’t have any work experience in Canada you can apply for the federal skilled worker program for this you should get at least 67 points based on the factors such as age, language ability, work experience, and Adaptability factors adaptability factor is based on the study experience

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  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program [FSTP]

This program is eligible for qualified tradespeople. If you are a qualified tradesperson you can apply to this program

  • The Canadian Experience Class [CEC]

The immigration program allows individuals who have worked in Canada for at least one year to immigrate permanently. As an international student, you might be eligible for FSTP and CEC once you created your online profile

Also read :Steps to apply for the Express Entry program

Provincial nominee program

If you are not eligible in the Express entry program You can apply in the Provincial Nominee Program. The provincial government also welcomes students to live in the province, Each province have a certain set of immigration rules there are more than 80 provisional programs available(Expect Quebec and Nunavut territories)

  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot [AIP]

AIP of Canada allows employers in Atlantic Canada to hire –

  • foreign skilled workers that intend to immigrate to Atlantic Canada, and
  • international graduates that want to stay in Atlantic Canada after graduating.

It includes the following four provinces Newfoundland and Labrador, PEI, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

PNP streams for international students –

Category/Stream PNP Program Province
International Post-Graduate Category British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP] British Columbia
International Education Stream Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program [MPNP] Manitoba
Masters Graduate Stream Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program [OINP] Ontario
Ph.D. Graduate Stream
Saskatchewan Experience Category Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program [SINP] Saskatchewan
New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program [NB PNP] New Brunswick
International Graduate Category Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program [NL PNP] Newfoundland and Labrador
International Graduate Entrepreneur Category
International Graduate Stream Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program [PEI PNP] Prince Edward Island
International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream Nova Scotia Nominee Program [NSNP] Nova Scotia


Also read :Top Provincial Nominee Program to Immigrate to Canada

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program [BC PNP]

British Columbia is one of the popular immigration programs which is associated with the Express Entry program, It welcomes graduates across Canada as long as the applicant has a job offer in BC. You can also immigrate to Canada without a job offer by graduating in British Columbia with a  Master’s or doctorate (Ph.D.) degree in the natural, applied, or health sciences studied in the last three years in British Columbia can apply for this province

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program [MPNP]

International Students and graduates with the International Education stream of MPNP.Under this initiative, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduates do not require a job offer while the other graduates from various professionals required a valid job offer.

Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program [OINP]

Ontario offers students and international graduates to live and work in Ontario with a valid job offer.OINP has the following streams:

  • International student stream
  • International Master’s stream
  • International Ph.D. stream

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program [SINP]

Saskatchewan helps the students and graduates across Canada to become permanent residents in this province through the Saskatchewan Experience stream

Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program [NL PNP]

 The International Graduate category in Newfoundland is for the recent graduates who have undergone post-graduation and Ph.D. can apply to this program. Graduates of other provinces are also eligible to apply. One should note it offers a bonus point for those who apply through NL PNP

Quebec Immigration Program:

Quebec province has its own set of immigration rules those who are willing in this province must be familiar with french  and work experience should look at the Quebec Experience Program, through which application is prioritized

Also read : How to apply for Quebec Immigration Program?

Post-Graduation Work Permit Program [PGWPP]

PGWPP is for students who have graduated from any  Canadian Designated Learning Institutions [DLIs] to obtain a work permit  gaining valuable Canadian work experience 

If you are a Canadian student looking to apply for Permanent Resident this blog helps you to obtain your PR Visa. If you have any further queries regarding Canada PR Visa Our immigration consultant will help you to provide perfect solutions Enquire us today to Obtain your PR Visa.

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