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Canadian Immigration Part 5: Study and Immigrate for International Students in Canada

Canadian Immigration Part 5:  Study and Immigrate for International Students in Canada
Canadian Immigration Part 5: Study and Immigrate for International Students in Canada

Are you enjoying your Canadian study experience? Would you like to study and immigrate to Canada after graduation?

Start 2024 off right by planning for your future in Canada!


Did you know?

  • 6 in 10 international students employed during or after their studies became landed immigrants within 10 years of obtaining their first study permit?

  • The percentage of international students getting Canada PR among economic immigrants surged from 6% to 38% from 2000 to 2019.


As you embark on your educational journey in the Great White North, it's essential to consider your Canadian immigration options post-graduation.  The earlier you start planning, the higher your chances of success.


🍁 6 advantages International Students have to study and immigrate to Canada


As an international student studying in Canada, you have the following 6 advantages over others who are interested in immigrating to Canada:


  1. You can gain Canadian study experience which will boost your score in the Express Entry system

  2. By completing your post-secondary education in Canada, you can demonstrate proficiency in at least one Canadian official language (English or French). This is a key factor for PR eligibility and integration.

  3. You may be eligible for Post-Graduation Work Permit program, which will give you the ability to work for any Canadian employer upon graduation. This is the best advantage you have being an international student

  4. It is easier for you to look for a job in Canada because you are physically here and if you have a post-graduation work permit upon graduation

  5. You can gain Canadian work experience which will not only give you additional points for Express Entry but also make you eligible for Canada’s cheapest and fastest immigration program – Canadian Experience Class via Express Entry.

  6. Upon getting a valid job offer, you are also eligible to apply for one of the many Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) for international graduates.


🔑 Key Strategy to get Canada PR


In a nutshell, you need to secure a valid job offer in Canada upon graduation to apply for Canada PR.

To achieve this you need to do the following:

  • Have a work permit

  • Get a valid job offer


Work Permit

Let’s talk about work permit. You need a work permit to work in Canada as a foreigner. A Canadian employer needs to have a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) before hiring a foreigner.

LMIA is a long and expensive process. Most Canadian employers are not willing to go through the LMIA process. This is why having a post graduation work permit is such a big advantage.


Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

Ideally, you are completing a Canadian post-secondary program that is eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).

This will make it easier for Canadian employers to hire you without the need for employer to go through the LMIA process.


If you will not be getting a PGWP upon graduation:

You can explore one of the following options to get your LMIA – exempt work permit:

  • International Experience Canada (IEC) if you are a citizen from one of Canada’s IEC partner countries.

  • Canada-Mexico-United States Agreement (CMUSA) if you are a citizen of USA or Mexico.

  • Francophone Mobility Work Permit if you speak fluent French

  • Switch Program: Enroll in a study program that offers PGWP


Get a valid job offer

Why valid job offer? This is because not all jobs are eligible for Canadian immigration.

It is best to check if the job you are interested in is eligible for Canadian immigration either before your job search process or before you take up the offer.

The last thing you want is to work at the job for 2 years to realize that it is not eligible for Canadian immigration.

Unfortunately, this has happened to many international graduates who thought that they were able to apply for Canadian immigration by getting any job in Canada.


What is a valid job offer?

A valid job offer is a written offer of a full-time, non-seasonal job for at least one year.

The job must be in a skilled occupation listed as TEER category 0, 1, 2 or 3 in the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.

A valid job offer will give you additional points in the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) for Express Entry.

Each Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) has a list of eligible and ineligible occupations. It is best to check with a Canadian immigration professional or on the respective PNP website if your job offer is valid for Canadian immigration.  


🌟 Immigration Program Options to Immigrate to Canada After Graduation


Here is a list of popular Canadian immigration programs options for international graduates studying in Canada.

We will go through each of these programs in more details in our future blog series. Stay tuned.


Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) for International Graduates

  • Alberta Opportunity Stream

  • Alberta Express Entry Stream

  • Foreign Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

  • International Graduate

  • International Post-Graduate

  • Career Employment Pathway

  • Graduate Internship Pathway

  • International Student Entrepreneur Pilot


  • New Brunswick Express Entry

  • New Brunswick Private Career College Graduate Pilot


  • International Graduate

  • International Graduate Entrepreneur


  • International Graduate Entrepreneur


  • International Graduate Stream

  • Master Graduate Stream

  • PhD Graduate Stream


  • International Graduate


  • Quebec Experience Program (QEP) – Quebec Graduates


  • Workers with Saskatchewan Work Experience (Student)


⏰ Start Early, Plan Smart

It is possible to study and immigrate to Canada but you have start early.

The clock's start’s ticking upon graduation. It is important to start planning before you run out of time, especially when you are on a post graduation work permit.


🌎 Stay Connected, Stay Informed

Stay tuned for our upcoming series in our 10-part Canadian immigration blogs, where we'll explore other Canadian immigration programs.


Here’s what we have covered and what you can expect in our future blogs:



Part 5: Study and Immigrate for International Students in Canada (You are reading this now)


Part 6: Entrepreneurial Immigration in Canada


Part 7: Investor Immigration to Canada


Part 8: Refugee Immigration to Canada

Part 9: Humanitarian & Compassionate Immigration to Canada

Part 10: How to become a Canadian Citizen

Each of these streams has its unique pathways, eligibility criteria, and requirements, offering diverse routes to your Canadian dream.


Over the course of this series, we will delve into each of these programs, providing you with an overview of the programs, and practical advice to make your journey as smooth as possible.

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Your Canadian dream is within reach, and we're here to guide you every step of the way. Stay engaged, stay informed, and together, we'll make your Canadian dream come true! 🍁


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