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June 10, 2022

How To Become A Permanent Resident In Canada With A Student Visa

Many students look to study abroad every year and Canada is no exception. In fact, Canada welcomed 450,000 international students in 2021 despite COVID-19 throwing the country and its residents for a loop. This high number of students helped keep our economy strong while also helping people stay positive for things to come.

Many international graduates end up wanting to stay in Canada permanently, and who can blame them? We have amazing job opportunities here, a booming housing market across the country, and culturally diverse cities that are pleased to welcome these graduates as full-time workers. Therefore, if you’re a student looking to immigrate to Canada permanently, there are a few options available to you that we’ll get into more below.

There Are Several Categories You May Fall Under

Did you know that you can apply for permanent residence after completing your studies? While there are certain eligibility requirements you must meet under the program in which you choose to apply, there are many ways your goal of becoming a permanent resident can be achieved.

Apply For A Work Permit First

After you graduate, you’ll need to apply for a work permit. This does not grant you Canadian citizenship but it is necessary in order to live and work temporarily in Canada. The work experience that you gain can also help you qualify for permanent residency.To ensure that you receive a work permit after completing your studies you must study at a public college. Although private colleges can be much cheaper, they will not grant a work permit after the completion of your program and you will not be able to obtain Canadian work experience.

The type of permit you apply for will depend on your circumstance which you can check on the Government of Canada’s Website:

  • Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)
  • Open Work Permit
  • Employer-Specific Work Permit

Complete Your Express Entry Profile

There are three immigration programs under the Express Entry Program that allows workers and international students to achieve their Canadian immigration goals. Each program has its own eligibility requirements, but the more you complete your profile, the higher your chance is of receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residency when an Express Entry pool is held once a year.

Federal Skilled Trade Program

Skilled trades are crucial to the Canadian economy, therefore, this program was designed as a way to help international students and workers alike become permanent residents. While each of Canada’s provinces will decide which professions will be regulated, you’ll still be expected to:

  • Reach the minimum Canadian language benchmark (CLB) requirements – 5 for speaking English or French and 4 for reading and writing in the English or French language
  • Have worked full-time for 2 years in a skilled trade within 5 years of applying
  • Have a valid job offer of full-time employment by a Canadian employer
    • Note that volunteer work or internships do not count – it must be full-time paid work

Various skilled trades are separated into different job groups by the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Each group does not actually require post-secondary education, however, prospective immigrants will find it much more helpful to have a Canadian diploma or degree on their Express Entry profile to receive extra points.

Federal Skilled Worker Program

You will be eligible to apply for this Canadian immigration program if you have 67/100 points and have work experience in a managerial role or professional occupation. When Express Entry draws are held, they’ll send out ITAs to top-ranked candidates. Your work experience will be separated into different skill level types, for example, skill level A jobs are professional jobs that will require a university degree:

  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Veterinarian
  • Etc.

University skill level B jobs are technical jobs that will require a college diploma:

  • Accountant
  • Civil Engineer
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Etc.

Also taken into consideration on your application will be your age and French or English language ability.

Canadian Experience Class

Like the other Canadian immigration programs, you’ll receive points under different categories in order to increase your chances of receiving an ITA. It’s designed for skilled workers who have one year of work experience in Canada within three years of completing an application. Again, qualifying jobs are broken down into skill level types and while there are no minimum Canadian education requirements, you’ll receive a higher score and, therefore, a better chance of boosting your ranking in the Express Entry pool.

Provincial Nominee Programs

This is one of the fastest immigration programs that can help immigrants become permanent residents. Rules and eligibility requirements will vary for each specific province so you’ll need to ensure you read the necessary requirements and submit your application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Most programs will require you to have ties to the province where you are applying. You’ll also need to let the provincial government know you’re applying to be nominated under the Express Entry system, or show them a complete application, and they’ll send you a notification of interest. This may take longer than other programs.

We Help International Students Achieve Their Goals

An international student can apply for permanent residence. If they have a job offer and fall under a specific skill type and skill level, the chances of becoming a permanent resident are increased.

Understanding the process on your own can be difficult which is why we can help streamline the process for you. If you’re an international student or recent graduate, contact our Oro Immigration team today. We can help you obtain a study permit, work permit, complete your Express Entry profile, and more.

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