Permanent residence in Canada for international students and graduates

Pathway to Immigration after Studying in Canada for International Students.

Here is an overview of the options for permanent residence in Canada for international students and graduates, from federal programs to provincial programs to family sponsorship.

Find below the possible immigration options for international students who have completed their studies in Canada.

Immigration Program In Conjunction with  Express Entry? Job Offer needed? Notes
Canadian Experience (CEC) Yes No International students who have gained Canadian working experience after graduating can be eligible to apply under this category.
Federal Skilled Worker Yes No Previous study in Canada awards you 5 points.
British Columbia

BC PNP Skills Immigration: International Graduate

No Yes There is no restriction and International Students graduated from anywhere in Canada can apply under this stream.  Only difference is that if you have completed post secondary education in BC then you will be awarded 8 points and  graduates from outside BC will be awarded only 6 points.
British Columbia

BC PNP Express Entry: International Graduate

Yes Yes Not restricted to graduates of BC institutions, graduates of institutions across Canada may apply; category operates under Expression of Interest system called SIRS; Post-secondary education completed in BC is worth 8 SIRS points; Post-secondary education completed in Canada (outside BC) worth 6 SIRS points.
British Columbia

BC PNP Skills Immigration: International Post-Graduate

No No Restricted to International students who have have been awarded master’s or doctoral degree in natural or health sciences by an BC educational institution.
Alberta (AINP)
Strategic Recruitment Stream: Post-Graduate Worker
No At the time of making application must be employed by an employer in Alberta You are eligible if you have been graduated from Graduated from an eligible post-secondary  institution in Alberta. You must be having a post graduation work permit and be working in Alberta.
Alberta AINP Employer-Driven Stream: International Graduate No At the time of making application must be employed by an employer in Alberta You are eligible if you have been graduated from an eligible post-secondary  institution in Alberta or any other province in Canada. You must be having a post graduation work permit and be working in Alberta.
Manitoba MPNP Skilled Worker in Manitoba No Yes Either you have graduated from a institution in Manitoba or if you have graduated  from any other province  then you must be working for an employer in Manitoba for minimum of one year duration.
Manitoba Intl. Education Stream (IES) – No Yes Full-time job offer from Manitoba employer is required
Manitoba IES Student Entrepreneur Pilot No No This program gives a chance to pursue entrepreneurship to students who have completed post secondary education in Manitoba on Full time basis. Only 20 spots are available.
Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)

Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

 No Yes, full time, one-year contract at skill level NOC 0, A, B or C Graduates of post-secondary institutions in the Atlantic provinces can apply. No work experience is required.

Applicants require a two-year post-secondary diploma from a publicly funded learning institution in the Atlantic region.

Application must be submitted within 12 months of obtaining the diploma.

Must demonstrate level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in English or the Niveau de compétence linguistique Canadien in French.

Employer must be designated by the province where the job is offered.

New Brunswick

NBPNP Express Entry Labour Market Stream

Yes No Graduates of New Brunswick educational institutions are prioritized, and previous study in New Brunswick is worth 5 points towards eligibility.
Newfoundland & Labrador

NLPNP International Graduate Category

No Yes Graduates must have a job or job offer from a Newfoundland & Labrador employer, and must apply while they still have at least 6 months’ validity on their Post-Graduation Work Permitgraduates of eligible publicly funded colleges or universities across Canada may be able to apply.
Newfoundland & Labrador

NLPNP Express Entry Skilled Worker

Yes Yes Previous study experience in Newfoundland & Labrador is worth 3 points towards eligibility.
Nova Scotia

NSNP Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry

Yes No Previous study experience in Nova Scotia is worth 5 points towards eligibility; a spouse/common-law partner’s previous study experience in Nova Scotia is worth 5 further points. Note: this category is currently closed to new applications.
Nova Scotia

NSNP Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

Yes No Candidates must at least 12 months full-time (or an equal amount in part-time) paid skilled work experience in Nova Scotia in the three years before the application is made, providing an opportunity for graduates who obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit after studying in Canada.
Nova Scotia

NSNP International Graduate Entrepreneur Stream

No No Open to recent graduates of Nova Scotia post-secondary institutions who have already started or purchased a business in the province; operates on an Expression of Interest system.
Ontario

OINP International Student with a Job Offer Stream

No Yes Graduates of a full-time degree or diploma program at an eligible publicly-funded Canadian college or university that is at least 2 years in length, or a 1-year post-graduate certificate program that requires a previous degree in order to qualify, may be able to apply; open to eligible candidates whose job offer has been approved through the Employer pre-screen process.
Ontario

OINP International Masters Graduate Stream

No No Graduates of a full-time Master’s course at an eligible university in Ontario that is at least 1 year in length may be eligible. This stream is expected to open and close intermittently throughout 2017.
Ontario

OINP International Student PhD Graduate Stream

No No Applicants must have completed at least two years of PhD studies at a university in Ontario. This stream is expected to open and close intermittently throughout 2017.
Prince Edward Island

PEI PNP

No Yes, in field of study. Graduates can work with PEI employers.
Saskatchewan

SINP

No Yes Students who have completed their studies and graduated from recognized institution in Saskatchewan may apply for this program.
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