VISA | Permanent Resident

NEW Pathway for International Student Graduates in Canada!


Announced April 14, new public policies target foreign nationals who have been granted an eligible Canadian credential, and who are currently employed in Canada, to provide an influx of talent across the economic landscape.

Intake Cap

A maximum of 40,000 applications will be accepted for processing.

Start and end dates

This public policy comes into effect on May 6, 2021 and will end on November 5, 2021 or once 40,000 applications have been received, whichever comes first. Eligibility:
The foreign national must:
1. Have completed, prior to the date on which the application for permanent residence is received and no earlier than January 2017, a program of study at one of the following “Designated Learning Institutions” in Canada
2. Have been granted one of the following credentials, following the completion of a program study from an eligible institution as defined in a):

  • a degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate) which must be a degree issued on completion of a program of at least 8 months in duration;
  • a degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation issued on completion of a program of any duration leading to an occupation in a skilled trade (listed in Annex A); or
  • one or more diploma/certificate/attestation where the following conditions are met (see footnotes)
  • Have been authorized pursuant to the Act and Regulations to study throughout their education in Canada; 

3. Act and Regulations at the time the application for permanent residence is received and must not be self-employed, unless working as a medical doctor in a fee-for-service arrangement with a health authority. The employment must meet the definition of work under subsection 73(2) of the Regulations;4. Have attained a level of proficiency of at least benchmark 5 in either official language5. Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada at the time the application for permanent residence is received and when the application is approved;6. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;

  • For diplomas/certificates/attestations, each program of study must be at least 8 months in duration and the combined length of the credential(s) must be equivalent to a two-year credential (at least 16 months in duration).
  • For the DVS and AVS, each program of study must be at least 900 hours in duration and the combined program of study must be at least 1,800 hours in duration.
    • When combining one AVS with one DVS, the length of the AVS may be less than 900 hours if the combined length is at least 1,800 hours.
  • For greater clarity, each combined credential must meet the eligible program requirements as defined in a), including the completion no earlier than January 2017.

Disclaimer: The information is directly derived from IRCC. The material and information contained on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. Although best efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, we cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of all information. As information may change without notice, always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.


Want to study in Canada?

Try Our SchoolFInder to look for schools in Canada

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright & Disclaimer

The information on this site is for information purposes only. Canada International Student Magazine Inc (CISM) assumes no liability or responsibility for any inaccurate, delayed or incomplete information, nor for any actions taken in reliance thereon. The information contained about each individual, event or organization has been provided by such individual, event organizers or organization, or third parties without verification by us.

Any form of reproduction of any content on this website without the written permission of the publisher, is strictly prohibited. CISM is operated by Canada International Student Magazine Inc. a trademarked company; all rights reserved.

Do you want to study in Canada?

Ask us any questions about studying here in Canada! Fill out the form and we will get back to you.