How to Get a Work Permit in Canada After Graduation – It wouldn’t be a surprise if you decide to stay back in Canada after studying. Who wouldn’t want to live and work in a country like Canada? Immigrants around the world are picking Canada as their top destination and studying in Canada as an international student offers you the opportunity to live and work in Canada even after you graduate.

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Studying in Canada is definitely going to be a wonderful experience as not only would you get a world-class education but you would also have the chance to work and gain work experience in Canada that could help you live and work in Canada even after graduation.

Canada is looking for ways to fill up labour shortages in the country and it is looking to hire skilled workers meaning that you stand a chance of starting a career in Canada after you graduate.Related Articles

There are over a hundred immigration programs in Canada and there are some that are available for international graduates in Canada to help them work in Canada after graduation and also get permanent residency in Canada.

In this article, we will be showing you some immigration programs for you as an international graduate to help you work in Canada after graduation so you can continue enjoying the sweet life in the Great White North.

Let’s proceed…

4 Ways to Stay and Work in Canada After Graduation

  • The Provincial Nomination Program

The PNP is a program for provinces in Canada to nominate immigrants to the province. It is designed by the provincial governments in partnership with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to help foreigners find work and settle in a particular province.

Each province sets its own requirements according to its economic needs and labour shortages. The PN programs enable employers to hire foreign skilled workers to come fill up labour shortages in the province. Foreign workers with the right skills will be nominated to get permanent residence. The provinces are working towards boosting their economies and so if you prove to be competent enough to contribute to the development of the province, you are sure to get a nomination.

There are 11 Provincial Nomination Programs in Canada for eleven provinces in Canada aside Quebec and these PNPs have streams under them through which international graduates can stay and work in Canada after completing their education. 

Let’s look at some of these streams under eight PNPS for international graduates:

Provincial Programs for International Graduates
AlbertaInternational Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream
British ColumbiaExpress Entry International Graduate Programs
Express Entry Postgraduate Program
ManitobaInternational Education Stream
Nova ScotiaInternational Graduate Entrepreneur Stream
International Graduates In-Demand Stream
Newfoundland & LabradorInternational Graduate Category
International Graduate Entrepreneur Category
OntarioInternational Student Stream
Masters Graduate Stream
Ph.D. Graduates Stream
Prince Edward IslandInternational Graduate Stream
SaskatchewanWork Experience: Student Stream
  • Post-Graduate Work Permit Program (PGWPP)

This program allows international students who have graduated from a designated learning institution in or outside Canada to work in Canada. For you to go through the program, you will need a work permit which will allow you work for any employer in Canada even after your study program. The work permit you will need is an open work permit which allows you to work for any employer in Canada

Though this program is not a direct way of getting permanent residence in Canada but it will give you an advantage when applying for Canadian permanent residence as you have gained work experience in Canada.

You will have to apply for the work permit before your study permit expires.

  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot

This is a program that is designed for the Atlantic Provinces in Canada to help skilled and semi-skilled workers and also graduates to find work and also get permanent residency in Canada. The program is tied to four Atlantic Provinces in Canada and they are:

  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island

There are three programs under this Pilot Program and they are:

  • Atlantic High Skilled Program
  • Atlantic Intermediate-skilled Program; and
  • Atlantic International Graduate Program

Out of the three programs we have highlighted above, the Atlantic International Graduate Program is the one designed to help international students who have studied in one of the Atlantic Provinces we mentioned above to get permanent residency in Canada. One good thing about the program is that you don’t need work experience to qualify for the program.

For you to qualify for this program you will have to meet some requirements and they are:

  • You must meet the education requirements
  • You must have the test results for English and French
  • You must have lived in one of the Atlantic Provinces for at least 16months in the 2years before getting your degree
  • You must have a valid full-time non-seasonal job offer in Atlantic Canada in a highly skilled or semi-skilled occupation (NOC0,A, B, or C)
  • You must have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family when arriving Canada
  • Hong Kong Graduate Program

This program is set aside for Hong Kong graduates to apply for open work permit in Canada. It was recently introduced in Canada and with the open work permit; you get to work for any employer in anywhere in Canada for up to three years.

Let’s look at some of the requirements for you to qualify for the program:

  • You must hold a valid passport issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or the United Kingdom to a British National Overseas
  • Your work permit depends on the valid of your passport so to maximize the duration of your work permit, you will have to make sure your work permit is valid for at least 3 years from the date of approval
  • You must meet the educational requirements for post-secondary school, graduate or post-graduate studies

Final Note

Studying in Canada is really a kick start of your career as it offers you a lot of benefits and most especially brings you closer to working in Canada after graduation. Canada is one of the best places to work as you get to earn higher wages and salaries.

You must have seen some the immigration programs that are available to you if you want to work in Canada after graduation and some of these programs we highlighted in the article could help you gain permanent residency in Canada.

So look through the programs to see the one you meet its eligibility requirements as an international graduate as this will make your application for a work permit and visa in Canada easier and you can move towards making your dream of making Canada your permanent home come true.

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