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.

The Study Hub

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  • A $500 scholarship contest
  • Personal status checker
  • Immigration notifications
  • News updates
  • Job opportunities
  • Pathways to Canadian permanent residence
  • And much more...
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    The government of British Columbia continues to invite workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs at low points thresholds in the most recent draws conducted on October 25 and November 1.