Canada Immigration Options for International Graduates

Last updated: 2 September 2020

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 first column.

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Program/categoryAligned with Express Entry?Is a job offer required?Additional information
Canadian Experience ClassYesNo Graduates may become eligible after working in Canada on a Post-Graduation Work Permit. Graduates may also obtain additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for their Canadian credentials
Federal Skilled Worker ProgramYesNo Graduates with Canadian credentials receive more points under the education factor. Graduates may also obtain additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for their Canadian credentials.
Federal Skilled Trades ProgramYesNoGraduates may also obtain additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for their Canadian credentials. 

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP)

Atlantic International Graduate Program (AIGP)

NoYesGraduates 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. Applications must be submitted within 24 months of obtaining the diploma.

Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot

NoNoGraduates who meet qualifying education requirements within the designated community are exempt from the program’s work experience criteria.

Alberta

Alberta Opportunity Stream

No YesInternational students can benefit from the Alberta Opportunity Stream if they have completed their studies at an approved Alberta post-secondary institution and are employed in Alberta on a Post-Graduation Work Permit. 

British Columbia

BC PNP Skills Immigration: International Graduate

NoYesNot 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

YesYesNot 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) is worth 6 SIRS points.

British Columbia

BC PNP Skills Immigration: International Post-Graduate

NoNoFor 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

YesNoFor individuals who have obtained a master’s or doctoral degree in the natural, applied or health sciences from a BC institution.

Manitoba

MPNP Skilled Worker in Manitoba

NoYesMust 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.

Manitoba

International Education Stream (IES) - Career Employment Pathway 

No

Yes

Candidate must have a full-time job offer from an eligible employer in Manitoba.

Manitoba

International Education Stream – Graduate Internship Pathway

No

No

Candidates must have completed a master or doctoral degree program in Manitoba within the past 3 years. 

Manitoba

International Education Stream – International Student Entrepreneur Pilot

No

No

Candidates must operate a business as a senior manager on a daily basis from the place of business in Manitoba for at least 6 months prior to nomination while on a valid temporary work permit.

New Brunswick

NB Express Entry

YesNo

International students who completed at least two academic years of full-time study at a secondary or post-secondary school in New Brunswick will earn points for adaptability on the point grid used to assess eligibility for this stream. 

New Brunswick

NB Skilled Worker Stream

NoYesInternational student graduates from a post-secondary institution in New Brunswick with at least six months of work experience in
the province, including work experience obtained while a student will be awarded points for adaptability. 

Newfoundland & Labrador

NLPNP International Graduate Category

NoYesGraduates 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

YesYesPrevious study experience in Newfoundland & Labrador is worth additional points towards eligibility.

Newfoundland & Labrador

NLPNP International Graduate Entrepreneur

NoNoFor graduates of Memorial University or College of the North Atlantic. Must have started or bought a local business and maintained operations for at least one year

Nova Scotia

NSNP Skilled Worker Stream

NoyesThe Skilled Worker stream helps employers recruit foreign workers and recently graduated international students whose skills are needed in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia

NSNP Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry

YesNoCandidates must have 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

NoNoOpen 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

Ontario Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream

NoYesGraduates 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 processThis stream is expected to open and close intermittently. 

Ontario

OINP International Masters Graduate Stream

NoNoGraduates 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. 

Ontario

OINP International Student PhD Graduate Stream

NoNoApplicants must have completed at least two years of PhD studies at a university in Ontario. This stream is expected to open and close intermittently. 

Prince Edward Island

PEI PNP Labour Impact Category: International Graduate

NoYesThis employer-driven stream allows PEI employers to hire recent graduates from recognized PEI universities and colleges. The job offer must be in the field of studies. 

Quebec

Quebec Experience Class (PEQ)

NoNoEligible individuals may apply at any time from 6 months before graduation, up to 36 months after graduation; must prove ability in French.

Quebec

Quebec Skilled Worker Program

NoNoHigher education is a significant factor in the points grid; Only completed studies leading to a diploma are taken into account when applications for permanent selection are assessed. 

Saskatchewan

SINP Experience Category for Students

NoYesGraduates with a certificate, diploma, or degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Saskatchewan may be able to apply.

Saskatchewan

SINP International Graduate Entrepreneur Category

NoNoCandidates will have to operate and manage a business in Saskatchewan for at least one year and own at least one-third of the equity in a qualified business in order to be eligible for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.