Many Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs) and other immigration programs encourage international students to stay in Canada after their studies are completed.

Canada has provided ways to encourage international students and graduates to stay, gain work experience, or otherwise contribute to Canada's economy and culture. Many graduates first obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) before going on to apply for permanent resident status. Here are some popular immigration programs for former international students in Canada

Immigrate after studying in Canada

There may be more Canadian immigration options than you think. Get a complete overview with our at-a-glance table.

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Provincial Nominee Programs

If you have been studying in Canada as an international student, your province may have a PNP category that makes you eligible for fast-track Canadian permanent residence. In addition, some provinces allow international graduates to make an application to their PNP, even if they didn't study in that province.

Provincial Nominee Programs with an International Graduate Category:

To find out if you are eligible for permanent immigration to Canada, please fill out a free online assessment today.

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Latest News

  • Record New Low Points Thresholds in Latest BC Immigration Draw

    The number of points required in order for eligible workers and international graduates to be invited to apply for provincial nomination under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has reached record new lows across multiple categories, following the latest draws that took place on September 13 and September 20.

  • September 20 Express Entry Draw Invites 2,871 Candidates to Immigrate to Canada

    In the lastest Express Entry draw, which took place on September 20, 2017, a total of 2,871 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 433 were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Therefore, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 433 or above at the time of the draw may now apply for Canadian permanent resident status.