Do you know obtaining permanent residency in Canada as an international student is possible? In this article, you will learn how students who study in Canada can become permanent residents.
It’s often the desire of lots of international students to continue residing in Canada even after completing their programs. Sadly, only a few know how to remain in Canada as permanent residents after completing their study programs.
The truth is a large number of Canadian employers prefer to accept employees with some Canadian experience. This puts you as an international student in a favorable position. If your desire is to reside permanently in Canada after your study, we have listed many immigration programs that you can easily opt-in to.
Also, if you’ve been wondering if you can possibly apply for both temporary (study and work) and permanent residence in Canada, the answer is yes you can, it’s called dual intent.
Dual intent is a situation where an international student applies for Canadian permanent residence, and also applies for a temporary study permit at the same time.
As a Canadian international student graduate, you are qualified to apply for a Canadian Post-Graduate Work Permit. This allows you to freely work for any employer after graduating and obtain some skilled work experience.
Canadian Immigration Programs For International Students
Below is a collection of programs in Canada for international students who desires to still remain in Canada even after their study program.
These programs offer accelerated pathways for international students to become Canadian permanent residents. Most of these programs are powered by the Canada Express Entry system because it’s the federal system for organizing and running the Canadian permanent resident applications.
International students who have studied a 2 years full-time course in any accredited tertiary institution in Canada may qualify for this program.
Notwithstanding, there are some requirements you must satisfy and it includes: that the international student must have completed their program as well as obtained the educational credential and the international student must have 12 months’ full-time work experience in any skilled position.
Please be informed that co-op placements or unpaid internships don’t count and your work experience must be gotten after you must have graduated from your program of study.
If you intend to quickly get your permanent residence without having any Canadian work experience, then I think the FSW (Federal Skilled Worker) program is what you need.
The FSW program unlike the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), you don’t need any work experience in Canada, which makes it one of the best and easy-to-access programs for international students who have any skilled work experience abroad.
The Canadian Federal Skilled Worker program is operated through the Canadian Express Entry system which uses a points-based Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score to choose immigrants. The higher your score, the higher your chances of being accepted.
As an international student, the FSW program is a great pathway to become a permanent resident in Canada if you can meet the ranking score eligibility requirement.
NB: Applicants may be required to prove that they have skilled work experience for a minimum period of 12-months in any country, have a full-time study. You are advised to try other programs if you have not entered any workforce.
Federal Skilled Trades Class
The Federal Skilled Trades Class program is for tradespersons. You have to have worked a full-time job in any skilled trade for up to 2 Canadian employers or obtain a certificate of qualification from any Canadian province or territorial authority.
Every province in Canada runs its own immigration programs, and this is referred to as “Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)” in Canada. Please note that each province you are applying for has its own criteria for accepting immigrants.
The Canadian Provincial Nominee Program is more favourable to applicants who have some kind of connection to the province. The connection can include your work experience in the province or your study experience in the province.
The Canadian PNP is a great way to reside permanently in Canada because you could possibly receive your Canadian permanent residence faster with this option.
It’s also important to note that some provinces don’t give preference to Immigrants or international student graduates with worthy experience from their province.
Quebec Immigration Options
Just like every other province, Quebec operates its own immigration system with its own procedures, requirements, and rules guiding the program.
Quebec’s immigration programs place international students at a high priority which makes it easier for them to apply for Canadian permanent residence.
There are two (2) permanent residence programs arranged for international students in Quebec province:
Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW): To be able to apply through this stream, you probably have to be a graduate from an accredited institution in Quebec or be within 180 days (6 months) of completing your studies at any institution in Quebec.
The Quebec Skilled Worker program is different from the PEQ (below) in the sense that you actually don’t need to have a good knowledge of oral french because your eligibility is highly dependent on your points assessment grid score on the program.
Quebec Experience Program (PEQ): To be able to apply through this program, you probably have to be a graduate from any institution in Quebec or be within 180days (6 months) of completing your studies in any institution in Quebec. For any international student to be qualified for the PEQ, they must have quality knowledge of oral French.
This work permit does not offer a direct permanent resident nevertheless it allows international students that are graduates of any designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada to still remain in Canada even after they’re done with their studies and work with any employer in Canada.
The actual objective of the Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) is to qualify international students and immigrants for permanent residence in Canada through an employer-driven Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Be informed that not all the DLIs program is eligible for a post-graduation work permit, thus you can consider checking if your program and course of study are to allow you to apply for the program.
NB: Canada happens to be one of the best places for immigrants to live, and all your efforts towards a permanent residence will surely be worth it.