Many students aspire to become permanent residents after relocating to Canada. While leaving home and moving to a new country can be overwhelming, coming to Canada on a study permit is an excellent opportunity to get some Canadian education and work experience that will be valuable to your future. These experiences can be crucial to your process of becoming a permanent resident of Canada.
Extending Your Stay in Canada
Before your study permit is nearing expiration, you should plan to extend your stay in Canada. Apply for a new temporary permit before your current permit expires, and you will be allowed to stay in Canada until a decision is made on your application.
Many applicants choose to either extend their study permit to continue studying or switch to a work permit so that they can work full-time in Canada after graduation. A post-graduation work permit (PGWP) could be a great option if you want to stay in Canada as a temporary worker after graduation for up to three years.
Student Pathways to Permanent Residence
There is an abundance of options you can explore. Your experience in Canada puts you in a good position to become eligible for many immigration programs that can lead to permanent residence.
The Express Entry points-based immigration system is one of the most popular ways to become a permanent resident. It encompasses three immigration programs that you may be well-qualified for as a former international student living in Canada.
Federal Skilled Worker Program
To be eligible for this program, you’ll need at least one year of continuous work experience, part-time or full-time, in TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3. You will get extra points for having Canadian post-secondary education. In addition, you will need strong English or French language skills (CLB 7).