Study Abroad: 5 Permanent Residency Options for Foreign Students in Canada

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Study Abroad 5 Permanent Residency Options for Foreign Students in Canada

After graduating from Canadian institution foreign students will have a variety of alternatives for permanent residency, some of which will be discussed in the article. International students often transition to an open work permit after completing their studies if they meet the criteria of graduating from a study program that is eligible for PGWP. Graduates can increase their prospects of obtaining permanent residency through the Express Entry system or other provincial programs by working on a PGWP and gain a work experience in Canada. Currently, the express entry system is focusing on individuals with a high level of proficiency in the French language or skilled workers with atleast 6 months of experience in one of the occupations specified by IRCC. 


Therefore, it is important to understand that the importance of PGWP and international students should make the most of it from day 1 and their possibilities for permanent residency:

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What are the Permanent Residency Options for Foreign Students?

Check below the different permanent residency options for international students:

1. The Express Entry Program – This is a common path to permanent residency for qualified workers, including international graduates

2. The PNP, or Provincial Nominee Program – Getting a provincial nomination raises an applicant’s express entry profile considerably

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3. Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) – AIP is a Canadian government immigration program created to assist firms in the Atlantic provinces of Canada in hiring qualified foreign workers and recent graduates

4. Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) – The Canadian government announced that it would make the RNIP a permanent program

5. Agriculture and agri-food pilot – Canada has extended the Agri-Food pilot program which started in 2020 for three years until 14th May 2025.

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