Student To Permanent Resident. Let me tell you how!
Graduates from Canadian colleges and universities are eligible for work permits. And this means you may be able to stay in Canada after graduation, to earn work experience that will become a part of an application for Permanent Residence.
First, you will need to apply for a study permit, which serves as a Canadian student visa for the duration of your stay. You do not need a Canadian study permit if your course or program lasts six months or less, however, it might be to your benefit to obtain a study permit. You must be accepted into a designated learning institution and have sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay. Students from certain countries may be eligible for processing of their Study Permits under the Student Direct Stream, with processing of an application under 3 weeks.
Full time students in approved programs are authorized to work part time during the school year, and full time during regularly scheduled study breaks. Your accompanying spouse may be eligible for an open work permit.
Note that distance learning programs are not eligible.
Post Graduate Work Permit
You can apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) from inside Canada or overseas, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. You have up to 180 days after you receive confirmation from your school that you completed your study program to apply for a PGWP.
Find your path to permanent residence: gain work experience and apply for the Canadian Experience Class Program.
You’ve studied in Canada and maybe you even have Canadian work experience. Now, you’d like to live here permanently. There are options for you to become a permanent resident
After you graduate from your program of studies, you may be able to work temporarily or even live permanently in Canada.
Provincial Health Coverage for students
Students with a Study Permit, are not covered under the Provincial Health Coverage plans. We strongly suggest that you obtain private insurance to cover you during your stay in Canada. Often the college or university has included it in the tuition.
Medical Examination Requirement
If you plan to visit Canada for more than 6 months, and you have resided in certain countries in the year prior to your arrival in Canada, you will be required to undergo a medical examination before being granted a visa.