International students in Canada, who stay in the country on a Study Permit, are expected to leave the country once they finish their studies. If they want to stay back, they need to apply for a Canadian Permanent Residence Visa or a work permit. It is a fact that many of the international students who come to Canada would want to move to the country permanently by the time they complete their studies. Fortunately, Canada has a few pathways through which international students can become permanent residents in the country. ImmiLaw Global, the expert overseas education consultants in Kerala can guide you to choose the right immigration program for you.
Many of these programs give weightage to the previous study or work experience in Canada. But one important thing the international students have to note is that they must have complied with all the conditions in their study permit to be eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Moreover, many of these immigration programs require applicants to have skilled work experience. An international student can obtain Canadian skilled work experience with a postgraduate work permit.
Canada PR for international students: Options to apply
International students have a number of options in terms of immigration programs to apply for permanent residence in Canada. Each program has a different set of requirements and they operate differently. Here are a few major immigration programs through which international students can apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Canadian Experience Class
Canadian Experience Class(CEC) allows candidates who have at least one year of work experience in Canada to migrate to the country. After completing your studies in Canada, you can apply for a post-graduate work permit and earn skilled work experience of at least one year before applying under the program. Further, you need to prove your language ability through a recognized test and create an Express Entry profile. If you have good Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS) scores, you would be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Federal Skilled Worker Class
Skilled Worker Class is another option for international students to enter the federal Express Entry pool. You can opt this pathway if you don’t have Canadian work experience, but have one year of skilled work experience outside Canada. You need to score at least 67 in a points grid, which assesses various eligibility factors such as age, work experience, educational qualification, a Canadian job offer. The points grid also takes into consideration a number of adaptability factors and one among these is the previous study in Canada.
Provincial Nominee Programs
If your CRS score is low and you think Express Entry is not an option for you, consider provincial nominee programs. While some provinces allow students graduates from institutions in other provinces to apply for a provincial nomination, others insist that the students must have graduated in that particular province. Here are the PNPs through which international students can apply for provincial nomination:
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP)
International students with a job offer can apply for a provincial nomination from Ontario under the following immigration streams:
- International Student Stream
- International Masters stream
- International Ph.D. stream
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP)
International students can apply for a provincial nomination through one of the popular international graduate immigration categories of British Columbia. They are:
- BC Express Entry: international graduate category
- BC Skills Immigration: international graduate category
Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP)
MPNP has the International Education stream to welcome international students and graduates to settle in the province. Under the stream, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) graduates are not required to have a job offer from a Manitoba employer, while other graduates are required to have such an offer.
Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)
International students can apply for a provincial nomination through the Saskatchewan Experience stream of SINP.
Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP)
The candidates with previous study experience in Nova Scotia get five eligibility points in the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream. Another five points can be obtained if the candidate’s spouse/common-law partner has previous study experience in Nova Scotia.
Candidates under the Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry stream must have at least 12 months full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) paid skilled work experience in Nova Scotia in the three years before the application is made. It means students who have earned valuable Canadian work experience with the post-graduation work permit can apply. The NSNP International Graduate Entrepreneur stream is for students who have graduated from Nova Scotia post-secondary institutions recently and who have already started or purchased a business in Nova Scotia.
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NB PNP)
International students can apply for a provincial nomination from New Brunswick through the Express Entry Labour Market stream of New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NB PNP).
Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP)
International students can apply for a provincial nomination through the International Graduate stream of PEI PNP if they have graduated from an accredited PEI post-secondary institution and are currently working in the province.
Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP)
Under the International Graduate category of NLPNP, recent graduates who have a post-graduation work permit and a job or job offer from a Newfoundland and Labrador employer can apply for provincial nomination. Candidates who have graduated from Canadian institutions outside the province are also eligible.
Quebec Experience Program
Candidates who have graduated from the colleges or universities in Quebec and those who have adequate-intermediate French ability can apply for a Quebec Selection Certificate under the Quebec Experience Program. Another option is the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, which gives some extra points to candidates who have studied and worked in Quebec earlier.
Your decision to pursue higher education in Canada, one of the most popular international study destinations, can also be your doorway to permanent residence in Canada. Get in touch with ImmiLaw Global, the best Study Abroad Consultants in Kerala, for guidance on higher education in Canada.