Pathways to Permanent Residence
International students who are visiting and living in Canada on a study permit can eventually get permanent residency status. Varied immigration programs specially designed for international students and Post Graduate Work Permits with Canadian work experience can get the Permanent Residence status.
PR pathways for International students
In every province of Canada, they have their own Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for obtaining permanent residence. There are options of Express Entry aligned PNP steams if the student qualifies for either of the three federal economic immigration programs
  • Feral Trades Worker Program (FTWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Although there are different PNP streams with different features, almost every student requires a valid PGWP for an extended stay after graduation. In addition to that, applicants have to pass the language proficiency requirement and explain their interest in living and working in Canada.
Suitable Pathways to avail Permanent Residency
International students can choose from the several pathways and programs that are particularly based on the province.

British Columbia – They have their own PNP steams and graduates can apply through either

  • International Graduate (EEBC) – Graduates from DIL with valid job offers can opt for this pathway.
  • International Post Graduate (EEBC) – International graduates with a Master’s or PhD degree from a DIL can apply for PR, even without a job offer.
  • International Graduate (BC PNP) – For students graduating from a DIL with a skilled occupation job offer from an employer in British Columbia
  • International Post Graduate (BC PNP) – International graduates with Master’s or PhD degree with/without a job offer

Ontario – International students can get the following PNP streams

  • International Graduate Streams (OIPNP) – Immigration pathways for graduates in Masters and/or PhD stream from a DIL in Ontario. You need to make the necessary submission within the 2-years graduation period.

Manitoba – Following are the streams offered by Manitoba PNP

  • International Education Stream (MPNP) – Immigration process for the interested international graduates who are in search for a job or looking to establish a business in the province.
One can choose from the three immigration substreams offered –
  • Career Employment Pathway
  • Graduate Internship Pathway
  • International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

New Brunswick – There is only 1 PNP stream to choose from for international graduates

  • Post-Graduate Entrepreneurial Stream (NBPNP) – International graduates with valid Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) along with at least one-year-old operational business can choose this pathway.

Nova Scotia – The following immigration streams are offered by the Nova Scotia PNP

  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream (NSNP) – International Graduates with a PGWP who have completed graduation from Nova Scotia University or Community College can apply for this pathway.

Newfoundland and Labrador – Newfoundland and Labrador PNP have the following immigration streams for international graduates

  • International Graduate Category (NLPNP) – Recent international graduates with a job or a job offer from a designated employer can apply for this stream. A valid PGWP along with a degree course of at least 2 years is required.
  • International Graduate Entrepreneur Category (NLPNP) – Only international graduates from Memorial University or College of North Atlantic can apply after completion of a 2-years study program. Valid PGWP is required.