Extend your stay in Canada as an international graduate
Canada is establishing two permanent residence pathways for international graduate students who may have the skills needed to accelerate Canada’s economic recovery from the pandemic.
The new policies will be in effect between May 6, 2021 and November 5, 2021. Applicants must reside outside Quebec or intend to reside outside Quebec to be eligible.
The first route is for all international students who have recently obtained a Canadian degree. Canada is seeking to accept 40,000 applications under this temporary program. If this quota is reached before November 5, 2021, this channel will stop accepting applications.
The second is intended only for French-speaking international graduates. For this route, there is no admission limit. This is because there is a shortage of qualified French-speaking workers who live in a province or territory other than Quebec.
Am I eligible for the PR course for English speaking international graduates?
To be eligible for this path, applicants must have graduated from a designated Canadian educational institution no earlier than January 2017. They must have received a degree. It can be a university degree, a college diploma, a diploma from a trade / technical school or a CEGEP in Quebec.
University degrees include an associate’s degree, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate. College credentials, such as a diploma, diploma, certificate, or attestation, must follow a program of study that lasts at least eight months. The combined duration of the supporting documents must be at least 16 months. Vocational studies diplomas (DEP) or certificates of vocational specialization (AVS) must follow a study program of at least 900 hours and the combined duration of these titles must be at least 1800 hours. Each combined diploma must meet the requirements of the program and must be completed no earlier than January 2017.
Graduates of a business / technical program who hold a degree, diploma, certificate or attestation may also be eligible. This title must lead to the occupation of a skilled trade on this list of groups in the National Occupational Classification (CNP):
- Major group 72: Trades in industry, electricity and construction;
- Major group 73: Maintenance and equipment operation trades;
- Major group 82: Supervisors and technical personnel in natural resources, agriculture and related production;
- Major group 92: Supervisors of processing, manufacturing and utilities and central control operators;
- Minor group 632: Chefs and cooks;
- Minor group 633: butchers and bakers.
Applicants must be employed in Canada with a valid permit or otherwise be authorized to work at the time of receipt of the application.
They must meet the English or French language requirements of a Canadian Language Proficiency Level (CLB) of 5.
In addition to these requirements, applicants must live legally in Canada and must meet the eligibility requirements. This means that they should not be inadmissible to Canada for criminal or medical reasons.
Am I eligible for the PR course for French-speaking and bilingual international graduates?
To be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the same requirements described above, except that they must have at least an intermediate level of French in the four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening.
Candidates who wish to become permanent residents through this path must have a French proficiency level of 5 according to the Canadian Linguistic Competence Level (CLB).
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