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PR Pathway for Recent International Graduates

Last updated: 5 May 2021

Stay in Canada and apply for permanent residence immigration

Are you an international student that has recently obtained a Canadian educational credential? Or, will you be graduating in 2021? Canada wants you and your family to remain here as permanent residents. This comprehensive CanadaVisa page outlines how you can be among the 40,000 candidates to gain PR under a special new program.

Complete this form to find out if you are eligible for this pathway 


Overview

This pathway for permanent residence is for international graduates already in Canada who have the skills and experience to help Canada accelerate its economic recovery. These international graduates may have a chance to become one of 40,000 to get permanent residence through this new policy. Click here if you wish to apply under the French-speaking international graduate stream.

Candidates can submit their applications between May 6, 2021 and November 5, 2021, or until the quota of 40,000 applications is achieved.

Eligibility Criteria

Criteria for principal applicants:

  • Have completed a program of study at a Canadian designated learning institution no earlier than January 2017. Designated Learning Institutions include:
    • A public post-secondary institution such as a college, trade/technical school, university, or a Quebec CEGEP
    • A private post-secondary school in Quebec that operates under the same rules and regulations as public institutions in Quebec
    • A private or public post-secondary institution in Quebec that offers qualifying programs of at least 900 hours long that lead to a diploma of vocational studies (DVS) or an attestation of vocational specialization (AVS)
    • A Canadian private institution that is authorized under a provincial statute to confer degrees under provincial law, but only if the program of study completed was a degree as authorized by the province.
  • Have been granted one of the following credentials after completing their program in Canada:
    • A degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate) which was issued following the completion of a program of at least 8 months in duration;
    • Or, a degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation issued following the completion of a program of any duration leading to an occupation in a skilled trade (See Annex A for the full list):
      • Major Group 72: Industrial, electrical and construction trades
      • Major Group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades
      • Major Group 82: Supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production
      • Major Group 92: Processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
      • Minor Group 632: Chefs and cooks
      • Minor Group 633: Butchers and bakers
    • Or, one or more diplomas/certificates/attestations where the following conditions have been met:
      • For diplomas/certificates/attestations, each program of study must be at least 8 months in length and the combined length of the credentials must be the equivalent to a two-year credential (at least 16 months in duration)
      • For a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS) or an Attestation of Vocational Specialization (AVS), each program of study must be at least 900 hours in length and the combined program of study must be at least 1,800 hours in length
  • Must be employed in Canada with a valid permit or authorization to work at the time the application is received; 
  • CLB of at least 5 in either English or French;
  • Be living in Canada on valid temporary status, or be eligible for restoration of status;
  • Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
  • Have submitted an application using the appropriate forms provided by IRCC;
  • Apply online; and
  • Meet admissibility requirements.

Criteria for family members of principal applicants living in Canada:

  • Reside in Canada;
  • Be included as an accompanying family member in an application for permanent residence under this policy;
  • Meet the definition of a “family member”
    • The spouse or common-law partner of the principal applicant;
    • A dependent child of the principal applicant or the principal applicant’s spouse or common law partner;
    • A dependent child of a dependent child.
  • Meet admissibility requirements; and
  • Be approved by a delegated IRCC officer.

Criteria for family members of principal applicants living outside Canada:

  • Be included as an accompanying family member in an application for permanent residence under this policy;
  • Meet the definition of a “family member”;
    • The spouse or common-law partner of the principal applicant;
    • A dependent child of the principal applicant or the principal applicant’s spouse or common law partner;
    • A dependent child of a dependent child
  • Meet admissibility requirements; and
  • Be approved by a delegated IRCC officer.

Major Group 72, industrial, electrical and construction trades

7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations

7202 Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations

7203 Contractors and supervisors, pipefitting trades

7204 Contractors and supervisors, carpentry trades

7205 Contractors and supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicers

7231 Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors

7232 Tool and die makers

7233 Sheet metal workers

7234 Boilermakers

7235 Structural metal and platework fabricators and fitters

7236 Ironworkers

7237 Welders and related machine operators

7241 Electricians (except industrial and power system)

7242 Industrial electricians

7243 Power system electricians

7244 Electrical power line and cable workers

7245 Telecommunications line and cable workers

7246 Telecommunications installation and repair workers

7247 Cable television service and maintenance technicians

7251 Plumbers

7252 Steamfitters, pipefitters and sprinkler system installers

7253 Gas fitters

7271 Carpenters

7272 Cabinetmakers

7281 Bricklayers

7282 Concrete finishers

7283 Tilesetters

7284 Plasterers, drywall installers and finishers and lathers

7291 Roofers and shinglers

7292 Glaziers

7293 Insulators

7294 Painters and decorators (except interior decorators)

7295 Floor covering installers

Major Group 73, maintenance and equipment operation trades;

7301 Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

7302 Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews

7303 Supervisors, printing and related occupations

7304 Supervisors, railway transport operations

7305 Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operators

7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics

7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

7313 Heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics

7314 Railway carmen/women

7315 Aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors

7316 Machine fitters

7318 Elevator constructors and mechanics

7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics and mechanical repairers

7322 Motor vehicle body repairers

7331 Oil and solid fuel heating mechanics

7332 Appliance servicers and repairers

7333 Electrical mechanics

7334 Motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle and other related mechanics

7335 Other small engine and small equipment repairers

7361 Railway and yard locomotive engineers

7362 Railway conductors and brakemen/women

7371 Crane operators

7372 Drillers and blasters - surface mining, quarrying and construction

7373 Water well drillers

7381 Printing press operators

7384 Other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.

Major Group 82, supervisors and technical occupations in natural resources, agriculture and related production

8211 Supervisors, logging and forestry

8221 Supervisors, mining and quarrying

8222 Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services

8231 Underground production and development miners

8232 Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

8241 Logging machinery operators

8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers

8255 Contractors and supervisors, landscaping, grounds maintenance and horticulture services

8261 Fishing masters and officers

8262 Fishermen/women

Major Group 92, processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators;

9211 Supervisors, mineral and metal processing

9212 Supervisors, petroleum, gas and chemical processing and utilities

9213 Supervisors, food and beverage processing

9214 Supervisors, plastic and rubber products manufacturing

9215 Supervisors, forest products processing

9217 Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing

9221 Supervisors, motor vehicle assembling

9222 Supervisors, electronics manufacturing

9223 Supervisors, electrical products manufacturing

9224 Supervisors, furniture and fixtures manufacturing

9226 Supervisors, other mechanical and metal products manufacturing

9227 Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly

9231 Central control and process operators, mineral and metal processing

9232 Central control and process operators, petroleum, gas and chemical processing

9235 Pulping, papermaking and coating control operators

9241 Power engineers and power systems operators

9243 Water and waste treatment plant operators

Minor Group 632, chefs and cooks

6321 Chefs

6322 Cooks

Minor Group 633, butchers and bakers

6331 Butchers, meat cutters and fishmongers - retail and wholesale

6332 Bakers

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