Immigration In Canada For International Students

Young foreign nationals who hope to immigrate to Canada may find that they have a better chance if they study at a Canadian school first. The Government of Canada has partnered with a number of secondary schools to facilitate the process for international graduates to move to Canada permanently. These schools are known as Designated Learning Institutions.

Students who graduate from a DLI are eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). PGWPs are open work permits which allows the holder to gain valuable work experience in the country. They are effective for up to three years, at which point you can apply for permanent status.For a study period of 2 years, a PGWP would usually be for 3 years, while for a study period of less than 2 years, a PGWP would be of an equal duration as the study period.

Canada has a number of federal and provincial immigration systems, including Express Entry, which support international graduates looking for the next step. Working on a PGWP allows students to gain Canadian full time experience which makes them eligible for the Canadian Experience Class under the Express Entry system

Some of the criteria Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada look for is age and education. Younger candidates help resolve the problem of Canada’s aging population. As well, studying at a Canadian university or college prepares students to work in the Canadian labour force, which is a major advantage. 

Candidates would also have had time to build up their language skills in French or English, another skill the IRCC assesses.

Canada’s schools have a high quality of education, which makes finding work after graduation fairly easy.

International graduates have many pathways to choose from, and are awarded extra points from the IRCC upon completion of their program. Students are also permitted to work part-time during their studies, which goes towards their work experience later on. 

Apart from Express Entry, there are many provincial PR pathways for international graduates or those with jobs in the province. If you are a student interested in studying in Canada and thereafter settling here, Canada Education Consultants provides expert guidance on which institutes to choose and which provinces to target with a focus on your requirements. You could book a consultation by mailing us anytime at

Studying in Canada is one of the surest paths to gaining residence in the country, plus with low tuition costs and high quality of education, it’s a no brainer.

Immigration In Canada For International Students

Canada recently held its third and fourth Express Entry draw of 2021 on January 20th and 21st. 374 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates, each with a minimum score of 741 received an invitation from Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the first draw. This score means that candidates needed only to reach 141 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points for their human capital characteristics. Candidates earned the remaining points by provincial nomination, which adds 600 points to a profile. The second draw invited an additional 4626 candidates, which was for the CEC (Canadian Experience Class) program.

What is Express Entry?

Express Entry is the main pathway through which skilled workers can gain permanent residence. The 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan projects that a potential 400,000 immigrants are welcomed each year to Canada. IRCC uses the Express Entry program to oversee skilled worker applications for three programs. These are the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class. Express Entry allows IRCC to facilitate their arrival to the country.

The Express Entry program is a simple, two-step process. In the first step, candidates create and upload profile onto the IRCC’s website under one of the aforementioned skilled worker programs. They receive a CRS score according to their human capital factors. Secondly, the IRCC then holds Express Entry draws bi-weekly and issues Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence to the highest scoring candidates.

The first two draws of 2021, held on January 6 and 7, were program-specific draws. The cut-off score for these draws was 813 for PNP and 461 for CEC. The recent draws showed a substantial reduction of the required score. Another draw is expected soon, which will be for CEC candidates only. However, IRCC has yet to hold an all-program draw for 2021. Many candidates are still awaiting a draw for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). FSWP is the stream through which skilled workers with no foothold in the country can also dream of immigrating to Canada.

Not to mention the last three draws of 2020 were all stream draws. These draw finished the year with a CRS cut-off of 469. This score was lower than much of the draws throughout 2020. Overall, candidates are hoping for more variety in the draws and continued low CRS scores.

Immigration In Canada For International Students

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New invitations to apply to sponsor parents & grandparents

The Government of Canada has said that it will begin issuing additional invitations to potential sponsors of parents and grandparents who submitted an Interest to Sponsor form earlier this year.


A first round of invitations had gone out in March. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is aiming at receiving 10,000 completed applications through its Parents and Grandparents Program in 2018.


Interested sponsors invited during the March 2018 round had approximately 2 months till May 25 to submit a complete application for sponsorship. Invitees who could not submit a completed application by this date were rejected because of which there is current opportunity for new potential sponsors to receive one and apply.


IRCC says the same randomized list that was used to invite the first round of potential sponsors will be used in this invite too.


Potential sponsors who receive an invitation will have 2 months to submit a complete application to sponsor their parents and grandparents. Invitation issued will be sent to potential sponsors over the next few days.


IRCC has encouraged anyone who submitted an Interest to Sponsor form between January 2 and February 1, 2018, and who has not yet been invited to apply to check their email and junk mail carefully throughout the week.


IRCC says potential sponsors can confirm whether they have been selected by consulting their UCI number and comparing it with the list of randomly selected numbers.If your number is a match, that means you have been invited to apply for sponsorship.


A sponsor can also complete the Check If You were Selected online form to confirm if you were selected. IRCC said a response can take up to 10 business days.


SoKeep a lookout for an if you submitted an Interest to Sponsor form in January