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2nd Dec 2022

Post-study stay back options & PR procedure in Canada

Once you visit Canada, you will never feel like departing from this alluring place. Students who pursue their education in Canada usually wish to stay back or settle in this beautiful and blissful country. As years pass by, there has been a persistent hike in the number of students who stay back in Canada after pursuing their studies. The main reason for this is the standard of Canadian Education system and the immense job opportunities that are available.

Getting a good degree from Canadian universities can never ever go wrong, it will give you the huge satisfaction and immense opportunity to stay back in Canada after your graduation. Listed below are some of the ways you can stay back in Canada after your graduation.

The time permitted to stay back in Canada
  1. If the student is applied for a 1-year study program, he/she can stay back or settle in Canada for a one year period after the course completion.

  2. If the student is studying a program of two years, he/she could stay back or settle in Canada for a period of 3 years.

  3. The post-study work permits the students to stay back or settle in Canada as a worker for full-time, up-to a period of 3 years after they qualify from a post-secondary institution in Canada.

  4. The student visa does not spontaneously offer the right of a post-study work permit to students; they must apply for it within 180 days after course completion.

Stay back options in Canada after Bachelor's

The bachelor’s program in Canada is generally a period of four years. Stay back in Canada after bachelors will be permitted as long as the course itself. Anything longer than that will permit you to stay back in Canada for a period of 3 years. The same stands for the diploma degree as well.

You can also get a work permit after the diploma courses in Canada if the program is more than a period of eight months.

Stay back options in Canada after Master's

A huge number of international students choose Canada for pursuing their post-graduation or master’s studies every year. Furthermore, a stay back option is also available in Canada after masters. Most of the Masters courses in Canada are of one to two years duration.

  • If you apply for the program which is for one year duration, then you will be permitted for one year to stay back in Canada
  • For a period of two year post graduate in Canada, then the stay back would be duration of about 3 years

Many students try for a work permit after their Master's in Canada to stay back or settle, as there are lots and lots of employment opportunities available in Canada. So in brief, regardless of the degrees you pursue, you can stay back in Canada after post-graduation depending on the duration of the course you studied here.

Work permit rules in Canada after study

If you have completed any course from a well reputed and prestigious Canadian university or institute with a period of 2 years and in addition to this you also have a job experience of 1 year in any proficient position, you are permitted to apply for a permanent residence ship under a particular system called Canadian Experience Class.

  1. There is another major system which is familiarly known as Provincial Nominee Program which provides permanent residence ship.
  2. A point system has been established in the new regulation productive from November 2016. According to this system, an international student is permitted to receive 15 points if he or she completes a full time one year to two-year degree course after secondary education.
  3. If you complete a full-time Master’s course or if you have applied yourself for a doctoral fellowship, or if you have completed any course with a period of 3 years at a post-secondary level you are qualified to gain 30 points.
Conditions on my work permit?

Listed below are some of the conditions -

  1. The type of job in which you may work;
  2. The employer for whom you may work;
  3. The place where you may work;
  4. How long period you may continue to work;
  5. The time or period of work.
Documents required to apply for work permit after studies in Canada
  1. A valid passport.
  2. Two photos copies of yourself and the and accompanying members
  3. Proof that you meet the requirements for your destined job
  4. Proof of relationships with all spouses, children or common-law partners
  5. Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union (IMM 5409) form
  6. An Application form for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada (IMM 1295) , if applying from outside of Canada
  7. A Document Checklist (IMM 5488)
  8. Application form for Temporary Resident Visa .
  9. A Family Information (IMM 5645) form
  10. Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) form.
How to get your temporary work permit in Canada converted to Permanent Residency

Listed below are few of the Canadian immigration programs which will give you an information about the different ways in which a temporary foreign workers can apply to acquire their Canadian permanent residency -

  1. Federal Skilled Worker Program If you are working on a temporary work permit and the employer has provided you an offer for permanent employment opportunity, you may be qualified to try for your permanent residency below the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Such an offer is mentioned as arranged employment.

             The temporary worker will have to meet the required points below the Foreign Skilled Worker Program. Score points are granted based on some basic elements such as the applicant’s education, age, language skills, adaptability, and the job offer. This procedure can take up to a period of 12-18 months.
  2. Canadian Experience Class (CEC)

Temporary Workers who are in proficient positions can use their work experience in Canada to try under the Canadian Experience Class program. This is the well-known choice for the temporary workers who do not meet the standard points that is needed for the federal skilled worker program.

Candidates under the CEC are necessarily needed to have at least 2 years of work experience in Canada or have completed post-secondary studies in the Canadian universities or institutions and should have a 1 year of work experience. Candidates who fit under the CEC must meet one of the conditions above before applying for their Canadian permanent residency.

  1. Provision prominent programs
    Nearly every province has their own provincial nominee program that allows provinces to choose foreign nationals to try for their Canadian permanent residency. Candidates who apply under a provincial program must plan to reside in the province under which they are trying for. The different streams and choices available in each province can differ greatly still programs mostly resemble those programs at the federal level. Application procedures for permanent residency under a PNP can take up to a period of 12-18 months.

  2. Quebec Experience Class (QEC)

Temporary workers can try for their permanent residency through the Quebec Experience Class. The Quebec Experience Class (QEC) is much like the Canadian Experience Class (CEQ), excluding the fact that there are additional conditions under the QEC.

Candidates under the QEC must have worked in Quebec in a proficient position for at least an year and they must be able to speak French at an intermediate level. Successful candidates will be provided with a Quebec Selection Certificate by the province of Quebec, permitting to try for their permanent residence status. The procedure to go from temporary worker to permanent resident via QEC can take up to a period of 1 year or less.

  1. Permanent Residence in Canada

Permanent Residence is the most difficult step to stay back in Canada and once you get PR you don’t have to look back. Permanent Residence provides you the privilege to study, travel, work and settle anywhere in Canada along with collective benefits provided by the government of Canada

A post-study work permit will also permit the students to acquire valid work experience which could lead the way to Permanent Residence and is one of the perfect options to stay back in Canada.

Students can work full-time as they wait for the acceptance of their PGWP application with their convincing and valid study visa. The post-graduation work permit certifies the International students as short-term residents in Canada. The student can also try for Permanent Residence and wait for its acceptance while working under this course.

International students, who have completed their course of 2 years in a post-secondary institution, and with an experience of working in a skillful position for 12 months, are permitted to apply for PR under a course of Express Entry System which is called the Canadian Experience Class.

There is another choice for international students to obtain Permanent Residence in Canada other than CEC. The Provincial Nominee Program has facilities for special immigration that will help the students to stay back in Canada by getting permanent residence.

How to apply for Permanent Residence in Canada?
  1. Fill out the forms based on the requirement
  2. Gather the required documents that is required for the stay
  3. Get the medical checkup and police verification documents ready.
  4. You will receive a confirmation message of your Permanent residence status and will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence card.

NOC skill levels A Level

  1. Nature of education/training
  2. University degree at the UG, PG or doctorate level.

B level

  1. Nature of education/training:
  2. 2 to 3 years of post-secondary education
  3. 2 to 4 years of apprenticeship training
  4. 3 to 4 years of secondary school
  5. 2 years or more of job training, specialized training programs, or work experience in a specific field

C level

  1. Nature of education/training:
  2. Secondary school education
  3. 2 years of job training, specialized training programs, or work experience in specific field

D level

  1. Nature of education/training
  2. Short work demonstration or job training
  3. No formal education is required
Requirements to NOC:

To be eligible, you must -

  1. Meet the necessary language levels for each language skills
  • writing
  • reading
  • listening
  • speaking
  1. You should have at least 2 years of full-time job experience or an 2 years of part-time work experience in a skilled field within the period of 5 years before you apply

  2. Your job experience should be for paid work

  3. You should meet the job requirement conditions for the particular skilled field as set forth in the National Occupational Classification, except for needing a qualification certificate.

  4. Have a valid and reasonable job offer of full-time employment for a period of at least 1 year or qualification certificate in that skilled field provided by a Canadian provincial, or federal authority.


Canada is one of the most attractive countries in the world with various cultures, advanced development etc. With stunning health and insurance benefits, Canada is topped as the safest and most secure countries in the world to work and to settle in. Canada is one among the top nations in the world providing a great lifestyle and employment opportunities for international students. So staying back in Canada and gaining work experience is a great benefit to the international students.

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