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5 Permanent Residency Options for International Students in Canada

5 Permanent Residency Options for International Students in Canada

Canada has become a top destination for international students seeking quality education and a brighter future. The country offers a range of pathways from temporary student status to permanent residency, providing a wealth of options for those who want to make Canada their home after graduation.

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Importance of Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs)

Completing studies at a Canadian institution often leads to an open work permit through the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWP). This allows international students to gain valuable work experience, increasing their chances of qualifying for permanent residency through Express Entry or other provincial programs. Make the most of your PGWP to enhance your eligibility from day one!

  1. The Express Entry Program

A popular route for skilled graduates, the Express Entry system evaluates candidates on age, education, work experience, and language skills.

  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC): Students with at least 52 weeks of work in TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 occupations qualify.
  • Federal Skilled Workers Program (FSWP): Graduates can earn points for Canadian education and work experience, even from outside Canada.
  1. Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Each Canadian province offers its own PNP to attract foreign graduates. These programs have unique eligibility criteria and often prioritize graduates through their Express Entry streams. Popular programs include the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) and British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP).

  1. Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)

Designed to help businesses in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, the AIP targets qualified foreign workers and graduates.

  1. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP)

The RNIP aims to bring skilled immigrants to smaller Canadian communities. Each participating town sets its own criteria, and new pilots are launching soon.

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  1. Agriculture and Agri-Food Pilot

This program offers a pathway to permanent residency for skilled, non-seasonal agricultural workers, particularly those in meat processing, crop production, and animal farming.


Plan Wisely

Make sure to map out your journey from the start to secure permanent residency in Canada’s welcoming and diverse society!

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