International students in Canada are in an excellent position to develop their career in Canada and stay permanently. The decision you have already made to study in Canada places you in a unique position.

Get the most out of your time in Canada

As an international student, you can take full advantage of the opportunities offered by Canada.

International students and post-graduate workers in Canada can join the CanadaVisa Study Hub to access a range of tools and resources to assist in studying, working, and settling in Canada permanently. Members also get access to the CanadaVisa Scholarship Contest, for a chance to win $2,500.

Work while studying

Your Canadian study permit doesn't just grant you the right to attend university or college, it also grants you the right to work off-campus for up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full-time during scheduled academic breaks.

This opportunity is generally not afforded to your peers who decided to study in other countries, such as the United States. It allows you to make some money to fund your ongoing studies and living costs, all the while giving you connections in the local labour market. These professional networks could be the lead into landing a great job upon graduation.

Work while studying in Canada

Did you know that international students can work off-campus while they complete their study program?

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Bring family members to join you in Canada

The government of Canada, not to mention the university or college you are attending, want you to be happy while you are studying in Canada. Consequently, you are able to have your spouse/common-law partner join you in Canada, as well as any dependent children. Your spouse/partner can apply for an open work permit, allowing him or her to come to Canada and work for any employer, while your children may also join you.

In addition, you can also look into having other family members, such parents and siblings, visit you in Canada. To find out more, use our exclusive Visiting Canada Tool.

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Obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit upon graduation

Under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, you can obtain a work permit valid for up to three years, depending on the duration of your study program.

  • No job offer required.
  • Work with any employer across Canada and change job when you want to.
  • Get that all-important Canadian work experience as you work towards obtaining permanent residence.

Many international graduates use the PGWP as a stepping stone into a successful career in Canada, and towards Canadian permanent residence.

Post-Graduation Work Permit

Available exclusively to international graduates of eligible Canadian universities and colleges.

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Gain valuable Canadian work experience

Many Canadian economic immigration programs place a large emphasis on applicants' work experience in Canada. As a graduate who has already entered the Canadian labour market, you have proven that you are an asset to the country. You can be trusted, you are intelligent, you are educated, and you get along with colleagues — so of course Canada wants you to stay around longer than just a few years.

While working in Canada, you can build connections that will help you throughout your career. Overall, your Canadian work experience is likely to prove invaluable.

 

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Discover your pathway to permanent residence

There are probably more pathways to Canadian permanent residence than you think. Did you know that some provinces allow certain graduates from institutions in other provinces to apply to their particular Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)? It's true.

And did you know that the federal government also provides multiple pathways to permanent residence? That's true too.

Make sure you have a plan in place for making this important transition, and get assistance if you're unsure of all your potential options.

Immigration options for graduates

Discover which pathway is best for your particular situation with our at-a-glance overview.

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Secure permanent resident status, and ultimately Canadian citizenship

This is the ultimate goal of many, if not most, international students and graduates in Canada. Permanent resident status grants a number of rights, including the right to live and work anywhere in Canada without the need to first secure a work permit. It is also a step along the way to Canadian citizenship.

Canada is looking to its cohort of international students and graduates to become its leading newcomers. You have learned the language(s), got the experience and the education, and proven that you are worthy of joining the Canadian family. So, why not aim for the top and have permanent residence and citizenship as your ultimate goal?

To find out if you are eligible for any of the economic immigration programs, fill out a free online assessment.

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Tools and Resources

Latest News

  • Manitoba Invites Skilled Workers to Apply for Provincial Nomination in August 15 Draw

    The province of Manitoba has invited a total of 443 skilled workers to settle in the province as permanent residents in a draw that took place on August 15. These candidates, plus their family members, are now in a position to apply for immigration to Manitoba through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

  • Latest BC Immigration Draws Invite Graduates and Workers, Including Tech Workers

    British Columbia issued a total of 357 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in draws that took place on July 19 and July 26. The latter draw was a 'tech-only' draw, a new initiative started by BC in May. Non-tech workers and graduates may have been invited to apply on July 19.