The table below provides an updated overview of the various Canadian immigration options for international students and graduates in Canada.

To learn more about any of these programs, including full eligibility criteria and application process, click the program/category name in the second column.

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Program/category Aligned with Express Entry? Is a job offer required? Additional notes
Canadian Experience Class Yes No  Graduates may become eligible after working in Canada on a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
Federal Skilled Worker Class Yes No  Previous study in Canada is worth 5 points towards eligibility.
Quebec Experience Class (PEQ) No No Eligible individuals may apply at any time from 6 months before graduation, up to 36 months after graduation; must prove ability in French.
Quebec Skilled Worker Program No No Higher education is a significant factor in the points matrix; previous study in Quebec may be worth up to 5 additional points. Note: this category is currently closed to new applications, except for cap-exempt individuals.

British Columbia

BC PNP Skills Immigration: International Graduate

No 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 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 For individuals who have obtained a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health sciences from a BC institution.

British Columbia

BC PNP Express Entry: International Post-Graduate

Yes No For individuals who have obtained a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health sciences from a BC institution.

Alberta

AINP Strategic Recruitment Stream: Post-Graduate Worker

No Must be working for Alberta employer at time of application. Graduates from an eligible post-secondary educational institution in Alberta, and who are working in Alberta on a Post-Graduation Work Permit, may apply.

Alberta

AINP Employer-Driven Stream: International Graduate

No Must be working for Alberta employer at time of application. Applicants must have completed a certificate, diploma, or degree, or completed a graduate level program from an AINP-approved institution OR a publicly funded community college, trade/technical school or university in another Canadian province or territory.

Manitoba

MPNP Skilled Worker in Manitoba

No Yes Must have attended an institution in Manitoba (language programs are excluded), except for graduates from a post-secondary program in another province who have been working for a Manitoba employer for at least one year.

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 Labour Impact Category: International Graduate

No Yes, in field of study. This employer-driven stream allows PEI employers to hire recent graduates from recognized PEI universities and colleges.

Saskatchewan

SINP Experience Category for Students

No Yes Graduates with a certificate, diploma, or degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Saskatchewan may be able to apply.

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