Immigrate to British Columbia after graduation – International Students
Many international students want to make their temporary stay in British Columbia (B.C.) permanent. But, is this possible? Fortunately, yes! there are several options for getting work permits and permanent residence in Canada. However, this article will focus only on the options to immigrate to B.C. after graduation.
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If you have recently graduated from a post-secondary school in British Columbia, you may be eligible to get a post-graduate work permit (PGWP). Please, notice that the Canadian work experience you gain with the PGWP is very important. It may count towards your application for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class or the BC Provincial Nominee Program.
If you’re not eligible for a PGWP, you may still be eligible to work in Canada after you graduate.
The BC PNP offers a pathway to permanent residence for international graduates, skilled and semi-skilled workers. But, remember, this article will focus on the categories designed to target international students. These categories are:
- International Graduate: recent graduates with a degree or diploma from a Canadian college or university. Management occupations (grouped under skill type 0 in the NOC) are not eligible under this category. For this category, you need to:
- submit your registration to the BC PNP within three years of graduation
- have a job that is classified as NOC Skill Level A (excluding Skill Type 0) or Skill Level B, as classified under the National Occupational Classification (NOC), and
- your employer must meet the Employer Requirements. For example, your employer must generate economic benefits for British Columbia. It also needs to have a valid business licence. Moreover, it must complete and sign the Employer Declaration Form.
- International Post-Graduate: recent graduates with a master’s or doctorate degree from an eligible program at a post-secondary institution in B.C. Note that for this category only, a job offer is not required. You also must:
- need to submit your application to the BC PNP within three years of graduation,
- in addition, you must demonstrate that you have the ability and intent to live, work and economically establish in B.C.
This initiative gives in-demand foreign workers and international students a pathway to permanent residence. In order to apply for this pathway, students must have job offers in one of 29 eligible occupations in British Columbia. The job offer must be for a minimum of 1 year, and there must be at least 120 days remaining at the time of application.
If you are invited to apply, you have up to 30 calendar days from the date of invitation to submit a completed online application. If approved, you will receive a nomination certificate (confirmation of nomination) that you can use to apply for permanent residence with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada under the Provincial Nominee Class.
If you are in the federal Express Entry pool and you also meet the criteria for the international graduate categories mentioned above, you may be eligible to use the BC PNP’s Express Entry BC (EEBC) option. Why is this option important? Simply because if nominated using the EEBC option, your federal Express Entry Profile will benefit from:
- Additional CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) points.
- Also, your application for permanent residence will receive fast processing offered through Express Entry.
If you are interested in applying to the BC PNP using the EEBC option, you need to meet the minimum criteria for both:
- the international graduate categories,
- as well as one of the eligible federal economic immigration programs listed below.
- Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP): skilled workers who want to become permanent residents based on being qualified in a skilled trade. Applicants are normally young, highly educated, have some work experience, and know English or French.
- Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP): skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to immigrate to Canada permanently. Applicants in this group are normally licensed plumbers, welders, etc.
- Canadian Experience Class (CEC): skilled workers who have at least one year of full-time Canadian work experience in a professional capacity.
Moreover, if your EEBC application is approved, your nomination will allow you to apply for permanent residence through IRCC’s Express Entry system.
<<Also read: Immigration to British Columbia>>
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