A new option has just opened up which makes it easier for international students who have already graduated to get permanent residence in Canada. This pathway is open from May 6 until November 5, 2021 or until 40,000 applications are received whichever occurs first.
Below is an outline of the main criteria for this pathway. Watch this space for more details as they are released before the new program opens on May 6, 2021.
New Rules for International Students Do You Qualify?
The criteria for this new pathway is now established. As a principal applicant, you must:
be present in Canada when you apply and until you are approved for PR
have lawful temporary status in Canada, or be eligible to restore your status
have graduated from a qualifying program of study from an eligible DLI
have completed your Canadian studies after January 1, 2017
are currently working in paid employment (not self-employed)
have CLB 5 in all language skills on a valid a test (less than 2 years old) and
meet all admissibility requirements.
If you meet all of the above criteria, you do not need a valid post graduate work permit at the time of application. Nor must your current job need be a skilled occupation or related to your field of study. This pathway does not use a points system like Express Entry the above criteria alone allow you to apply for PR.
Importantly, if you meet the criteria and also speak French, there is a separate pathway that may be more predictable for you as it has no numerical cap. It is also open until Nov. 5, 2021.
What is a Qualifying Program of Study
For the purposes of this program, your study in Canada must have resulted in a post grad work permit and must have been one of the following credentials:
a degree (Associate, Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate)
a program of any duration that allowed you to gain work in specific skilled trades that have been listed by IRCC
one or more diplomas or certificates that total st