One of the main reasons Canada is preferred by many international students is the Permanent Residence status that is offered by them. Every country has its own way to go about the whole Permanent Residence thing and Canada does it a bit differently. We know that you are eager to know how to get that PR status in your name. So, we bring you this article in which you don’t have to hop to many different articles when you can have it all in one. So, stay tuned and read ahead because we are going to discuss the process of applying for a PR in Canada after your education gets over or even while your 3rd semester is ongoing!
Students select Canada to get an opportunity to work in Canada and also apply for a Permanent Residence. For more information in Education in Canada, look at our Country Guide for Canada. It includes articles, job prospects, universities, about the country and many other interesting aspects of education in Canada.
You might have many questions in your mind right now and the first being,
“I’m an International Student, am I eligible to apply for PR?”
There’s a certain way to go about the whole process and yes you can apply for that process and be patient about it.
There are many programs that an individual might fit into like, Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Provincial Nominee Program, and the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. Among all these the program of concern for all the students who are studying in Canada is the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. In order to get a job in Canada after their graduation, students have to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, which then opens up their capability to get a job.
Express Entry is a system used by the Canadian government to manage Canadian permanent residence applications for filling labor gaps through certain economic immigration programs. There are mainly three Express Entry Programs namely, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Worker Program and Federal Skilled Program.
- Canadian Experience Class
This class is for people who have at least 1 year of Canadian work experience in the last three years before they applied. Students who have graduated from Canadian Universities can apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program and get a job that will enhance their application to get into the Canadian Experience Class.
You might be wondering what exactly is the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, the post-graduation work permit allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.
Note: Work obtained through the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program may help support your application to become a permanent resident of Canada
- Federal Skilled Worker Program
This class is for people who have prior skilled work experience that comes in the category of Skill 0, A or B.
Managerial jobs (skill type 0), Professional jobs (skill level A), Technical jobs and skilled trades (skill level B).
But, this experience is a foreign experience and not in Canada which means if you have are categorized into one of the skill types and have worked in some other country with the same skill set you can apply for this program. Provided you have an offer letter from a Canadian company.
Generally, for students, these two programs are the most important ones but a student without a job can apply for the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) too.
- Comprehensive Ranking System
Canada invites people who have ranked higher on the list of people who have applied for the CRS. In order to get a PR, an individual must evaluate their profile with the CRS. After submitting that the officials go through the profile and designate your profile with points which ultimately gives all the people ranks based on the profile.
The CRS is out of 1200 points and the points are calculated on several categories,
The first 600 points out of 1200 are calculated with,
- Skills and experience factors
- Spouse factors, such as their language skills and education
- Skills transferability, including education and work experience
The next 600 points are calculated with,
- Canadian degrees, diplomas or certificates
- A valid job offer
- A nomination from a province or territory
- A brother or sister living in Canada who is a citizen or permanent resident
- Strong French language skills
These points are known as Core points and Additional Points which are added in total to get your total score.
After your online form gets reviewed it goes into a pool and your CRS score is taken out as mentioned above. During that time you can enhance your profile which might increase your points and chances to get the PR status invitation which includes getting a valid job offer. This might boost your score immensely and the Canadian Government encourages you to sign up with Job Bank and hunt for a job based on your profile! This Job Bank application is the official website to find a job in Canada.
There are many other ways to boost your score too like taking the English Proficiency exam again to get a higher score, learning French language and getting your academic score higher than it was before.
After this is done if the Government finds your profile and CRS score top-notch they invite you to accept your PR on a specific date and time. Recently on March 13th, 2020 there was a CRS score distribution published online in which 146,881 people had applied and 3,232 invitations were issued by the Government to the people who ranked among 1 - 3,232 people based on the CRS! The lowest score that was issued the invitation was a score of 467/1200.
Now, these people who were invited had a deadline of 60 days to accept that and if a person rejects it has to go through the process again. All the people who didn’t receive the invitation are automatically considered for the next pooling. However, this is only for a year and after which the profile expires and again a new profile must be made.
Getting through the Point System might seem tough because of the numbers and statistics but if using the time wisely and noting all the aspects down which makes the CRS can truly be a home run for many international students. Now that you know how to apply for a PR, we think you might be interested more about Canada and it’s education hence, we highly recommend you go through our Canada’s Country Guide.
Canada is not only known for its PR uniqueness but also it’s a world-class education, universities, research exposure, and industry exposure. So, if you selected Canada as your destination for education, well done! You are in for a treat.