Many international students choose to apply for permanent residency status either while they are studying in Canada or after they graduate from their study program. There are various pathways to permanent residency in Canada for international students, but acceptance is not guaranteed. However, international students who have studied in Canada are often seen as a promising pool of skilled individuals that can address labor market needs in Canada. Due to this, Canadian employers value the local education and work experience that international students gain in Canada.
After completing their studies in Canada, many international students choose to apply for a Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). This permit allows students to work almost anywhere and for almost any employer in Canada. In order to be eligible for the PGWP, students must have completed a study program at an eligible Designated Learning Institution (DLI) List. The program must have been at least eight months long and lead to a degree, diploma, or certificate.
One popular permanent residence pathway for international students is the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), which is for candidates who have worked in Canada. To be eligible for this program, candidates must have obtained at least one year of skilled, professional, or technical work experience in Canada within 36 months of the application date and meet certain language proficiency requirements.
Another option for students who have studied in Quebec is the Quebec Experience Program (PEQ), which provides a fast-track way for foreign graduates and individuals with work experience in Quebec to obtain a Quebec Selection Certificate (QSC), a mandatory step toward permanent residency.
In addition to these options, there are various other permanent residence pathways for international students, including the Atlantic Immigration Program, the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, and pathways specifically for Hong Kong residents who have studied in Canada.
Overall, there are many opportunities for international students studying in Canada to apply for permanent residency, but it’s important to understand the eligibility requirements for each pathway and prepare in advance to improve your chances of success.
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