Studying in Canada Can Be the First Stepping Stone to Becoming a Canadian Citizen
Sep 13th, 2012
If you are a foreign student, who is studying in Canada, you are eligible to apply for Permanent Residence Status under the Canadian Experience Class Application (CEC)*.
You need to be studying at either a University
or a publicly-funded Community College
and your program needs to be at least 2 years in duration.
Once you have graduated with your degree or your diploma, you can apply for a 3-year postgraduate work permit
. This allows you to work in a skilled job** anywhere in Canada.
You only need to stay working in that job for one year until you can apply for Permanent Residence Status.
It's even easier if you are a Masters or PhD student in the natural, applied or health sciences. You don’t even need to have a job in order to immigrate, but you must apply to within 2 years of graduating. (Applications should be directed to: The International Post-Graduates Pilot Project of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program - BC PNP).
PhD*** students can apply for permanent residence status before they even receive their degree: If you have completed 2 years of your doctoral studies in any discipline, you may apply to immigrate under the Federal Skilled Worker Program
Steps for Students Graduating with a Diploma or a Bachelor's Degree
- Study at a university or community college for at least two years.
- Acquire your diploma or your degree.
- Apply for a 3-year Postgraduate Work Permit.
- Work in a ‘skilled’ job for at least a year.
- Apply to immigrate to Canada under the Canadian Experience Class
Ron Liberman is the President of Best Place Immigration Inc.
and is based in Vancouver, BC. He can be reached at his Vancouver office on (778) 373-4928.
* Canada Experience Class (CEC). CEC applications are assessed on a “Pass/Fail” system, not on a points system, and you qualify based on 2 years of study followed by 1 year of continuous skilled work-experience, provided it is all obtained in the 48-month period before you apply. You are required under the CEC Program to pass a test of English or French.
** The definition of ‘skilled jobs’ can be found here: National Occupational Classification.
*** The Federal government has a quota of only 1,000 visas a year in the PhD category, so if you qualify to immigrate this way, it may be important to determine when the best time is to apply.