5 Steps to Canadian PR Status for Students

Steps from International Student to Permanent Resident!

Canada is a popular destination for young adults seeking higher education, not only for the quality of education but also the opportunity to obtain permanent residency after completing their studies. The Canadian government has created a clear pathway for students to achieve this goal through a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) and the Canadian Experience Class under the Express Entry system. Here are the 5 steps to obtain permanent residency in Canada after studying:

1. Apply for a Study Permit

To study in Canada, you must first apply for a study permit after being accepted by a designated learning institution (DLI).

2. Work While Studying (optional)

Many international students opt to work while studying to gain work experience and support their living expenses. Students can work on-campus, off-campus, or apply for internships.

3. Apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit

After graduation, you can apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit to gain Canadian work experience. The validity of the permit depends on the duration of your studies.

4. Apply for Express Entry (Canadian Experience Class)

With at least one year of Canadian work experience and a degree, you may be eligible for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class through the Express Entry system. Candidates are entered into an online lottery based on their CRS score, and those with a Canadian job offer and extensive work experience have higher chances of being selected.

5. Apply for Canada Permanent Residency

Once you meet the cut-off score for an Express Entry draw, you will receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency in Canada. With your ITA, you can complete the application process to become a permanent resident of Canada.

By following these steps, Canadian graduates can obtain permanent residency in Canada and have the opportunity to make Canada their home.

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