Pathway to Permanent Residence

Pathway to Permanent Residence

Canada aims to increase the number of permanent residency approvals each year to meet its economic and demographic objectives. Annual Ties with provinces, Canadian work experience, and Canadian credentials are essential requirements to obtain permanent residency. International students in Canada can leverage all these attributes if they wish to work and settle in Canada. You can seek the professional services of established immigration consultants to choose the appropriate immigration program to achieve the status of permanent residency after your graduation.


Being an international student in Canada allows you to seek permanent residency options as you possess the necessary language skills, a sound understanding of culture and life in Canada, and superior academic credentials.

You can select from several federal economic immigration options or consider one of the provincial nominee programs to settle in Canada. Following are the most popular pathways to permanent residency among international students in Canada:

  • Post Graduation Work Permit
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Quebec Immigration
  • Provincial Nominee Programs

Most immigration programs that culminate in permanent residency pass through the federal Express Entry System that manages these PR applications.

Post Graduation Work Permit

Although the Post Graduation Work Permit does not enable you to obtain PR directly, it works as the foundation to acquire permanent residency. The PGWP allows you to stay in Canada after the study program.

Moreover, it arms you with Canadian work experience, a necessary qualification for permanent residence. The work experience and academic credentials will qualify you to apply for permanent residency programs like Canadian Experience Class or PNPs.

Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)

The Federal Skilled Worker Class allows applicants to get permanent residency by entering the Express Entry pool for selection. The eligibility assessment considers work experience, education, age, adaptability, and language ability. Applicants need to score a minimum of 67 points on the assessment grid to qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

International student graduates with out of Canada work experience, prefer the option of the Federal Skilled Worker Program. It does not mandate Canadian work experience, which is a must for the Canadian Experience Class program.

The applicants of the FSW program must have a minimum of a year’s skilled work experience from any country to be eligible for the program. This experience must be in a full-time job with no break in between. They must score well in the Comprehensive Ranking of the Express Entry Pool to be competitive in the draw.

Canadian Experience Class

The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigration program is under the Express Entry system. The CEC program is popular because it is one of the fastest immigration pathways to permanent residency.

It is a suitable option for student graduates who have a minimum of 12 months’ continuous and full-time work experience with a Canadian employer. Besides the Canadian work experience, the candidate must fulfill the requirements of age, language proficiency, and education to qualify for the Canadian Experience Class program.

The CEC program does not accept work experience during the Study Program. One should consider obtaining the Post Graduation Work Permit to gain vital work experience and then apply for the Canadian Experience Class program. The PGWP provides valuable time in Canada to gain work experience after the study program.

The Quebec Immigration

The immigration system of the province of Quebec is unique in several ways. The eligibility requirements also differ from the federal immigration programs. However, the Quebec immigration programs also aim at facilitating international graduates with work experience who wish to become permanent residents.

  • The Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) – The QSWP requires candidates to gain work experience abroad with Quebec educational credentials. French language proficiency is not crucial if the candidate scores sufficient points in the grid assessment for the program.
  • The Quebec Experience Program (PEQ) – The PEQ program’s main eligibility criteria is French language proficiency. Besides, the candidate should also complete a study program in a Quebec institution.

Provincial Nominee Programs

Canadian provinces and territories operate their own immigration programs to fulfill their individual economic and demographic needs. Candidates with close association with the province should preferably choose these programs.

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