It may soon be easier for international students to become permanent residents in Canada. On November 1, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced a new policy to attract 1.45 million immigrants between 2023 and 2025.
It comes after Statistics Canada revealed that immigrants made up 23% of the country’s population in 2022.
Fraser’s announcement couldn’t have come at a better time as he recently announced a “five-pillar planto address the country’s overflowing backlog of applications to meet its ambitious immigration target.
“Temporary foreign workers and international students play an important role in Canada’s economy and that is why the government aims to open better pathways to permanent residency,” said the official statement Lily.
In light of this, consider these pathways if you wish to become a permanent resident in Canada after graduation:
Becoming a Permanent Resident in Canada: 3 Options to Explore in 2023
1. Provincial Nominee Program
A Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows a province to nominate a foreign national for permanent residence in Canada. Once the person is designated, they can apply to become a permanent resident.
The provinces and territories that manage a PCP, according to the Canadian government websiteto understand OntarioAlberta, British Columbia, and more.
Each province has its streams (immigration programs that target specific groups) and requirements. A province can target students, business people, skilled workers and semi-skilled workers in a stream.
Take the Ontario PCP, for example. Consider this option if:
- You recently graduated with a job offer in Ontario
- You have a master’s or doctoral degree from an Ontario university
2. Express Entry
Express Entry is an online system that manages requests from skilled workers are seeking to settle in Canada as permanent residents. He understands three categoriesto know :
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (PTQF)
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
Of these three routes, many found success through the CEC — one of the quickest routes to a Canadian PR. It only takes four months to process, provided you are eligible for the CEC.
You must have at least 12 months of full-time skilled work experience (or an equivalent amount for part-time jobs) in Canada. You must acquire them within the previous three years from the date you applied for the CEC.
Here’s the catch: your work experience gained during a full-time study period doesn’t count towards the 12 month requirementinternational students therefore cannot count the work experience acquired during their studies.
3. Family sponsorship
Do you have a family member who is a Canadian citizen? If you do, see the family class immigration program.
This program reunites Canadian permanent residents with their immediate family members. By sponsoring members of the family class, sponsors are responsible for covering the basic needs of family members so that they do not have to depend on social assistance.
International students are eligible for this program as the person applying for sponsorship may be a dependent child or a sibling.
4. Post-Graduation Work Permit
You may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) if you graduated from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada. Depending on the length of your studies, a PGWP can be issued for up to three years. With this you can stay and work in the country.
Can you apply for PGWP? Click on here to see if you qualify.
If you want to become a permanent resident of Canada, it also comes in handy as the work experience will help you apply for a PNP or Express Entry.