Being an international graduate of Canada provides a unique advantage in applying for Canadian permanent residency. Having a Canadian educational degree gives you more options under different federal and provincial immigration categories. Also, the government gives incentives to students by either awarding more immigration points or providing specific expedited category of immigration program.

Federal Immigration Program Advantages for International Graduates

Canada`s Express Entry system provides a faster processing time for permanent residency applications. Under this system, applicants are ranked on a points-based system, with the highest-ranking candidates being invited to apply for permanent residency. One of the immigration programs under Express Entry is the Canadian Experience Class which allows temporary workers who have gained at least one year of Canada work experience to apply for permanent residency. For international graduates who have acquired sufficient work experience while on their post-graduation work-permit, this program serves as a faster and simple option to obtain permanent residency.

PNP Programs for International Graduates

International graduates of Canada may also be eligible for exclusive provincial immigration categories because different provinces have specific programs for their international graduates. Depending on where you obtained your degree, you may be eligible for one of the permanent residency programs below:

Alberta: Employer-Driven Stream: International Graduate Category, Strategic Recruitment Stream: International Graduate Category

British Columbia: International Graduate Category

New Foundland and Labrador: International Graduate Category

Ontario: International Student Category

Prince Edward Island: International Graduate Category

Quebec: PEQ – Student Category

Saskatchewan: Worker with Saskatchewan work experience – Students Category

To learn more about whether you qualify for any of the immigration programs for international graduates, you can take our free assessment today!