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How to get Permanent Residency and a job in Canada

There are many Canadian immigration options for students who are studying in a program in Canada for at least 2 years. Students with previous experience in Canada are more attractive to Canadian employers, and because of the excellent quality of Canadian schools, Canada is eager to retain foreign students that have graduated from its educational institutions.

It is possible to apply for both temporary (work and study) and permanent residence in Canada – this is called dual intent. Dual intent allows students to apply for permanent residence, while at the same time securing their temporary study permit. For students, this makes Canada an even more attractive place to study.

There are a number of programs that offer Canada permanent residency for students after they have completed their degree:

1. Canadian Experience Class

Foreign students who have studied at an accredited post-secondary school on a full-time basis, in a program of at least 2 years, may qualify under this program. The foreign student must have completed the program on a Canadian campus and obtained the educational credential. In addition, the foreign student must have worked for at least 12 months in a full-time, skilled position. The work experience must have been obtained after graduating from the program of study, and unpaid internships or co-op placements cannot count towards the work experience.

2. Quebec Experience Class

Foreign students who have studied in Quebec and completed a CEGEP, Vocational, Bachelor’s or Master’s/PhD level degree and who have intermediate proficiency in French can qualify under this program, without any work experience!

3. Provincial Nomination Programs

Provinces such as British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia all have programs for foreign students who have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary program. Some of these programs will require a job offer or work experience in the province where the degree was obtained, while some do not. The advantage of these programs is that applicants may receive their Canada permanent residency faster than under other programs.

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  • October 1, 2017

    There is not any Best or Definite way to secure a job offer. There are some tips or techniques to follow, which will boost your chances to secure one.

    Know yourself, even before making a CV/Resume. You need to understand your weakness and strengths. You need to learn, what you can offer to employer.
    Adopt the Canadian format of CV / Resume. Just Google it. you can find many.
    Highlight your strengths and skills which fall under targeted job description and put less emphasis on your strengths / skills which are not relevant to targeted job description. Exclude your weakness.
    Keep updated your social profile, LinkedIn or vice verse and do mentions these on your CV / Resume. Follow your targeted companies page, make connection within these companies and please don’t message them “Please give me job” instead start some heathy conversation related to your field.
    Use online portfolio regularly. Put your personal projects online and showcase them. Participate activity on these forum. May be some one inspired from your work and land you a job offer.
    Apply only on specific job, which fall under your skills and previous experience. Just don’t spam every email you got. Companies IT servers do block emails IDs.
    Most Important:

    You need to stand out in a crowd. Candidates like you or more then your experience are already presents in Canada for the job openings you are applying for. Moreover, Canadian govt. discourage to hire a foreign candidates (through Fees and some paper work). You need to make / use your personal connection to be a successful.

    Meanwhile, look at other Canadian immigration stream without job offer.

  • October 1, 2017

    Canada is depressing – Yes in Winters, but for 4 months in summer it is the most beautiful country you can explore.

    The problem is not the job market, the job market exists but important to note is that all people employ their family members, relatives and friends. If you go to a bank or a workplace you will see all family members working together.

    Our Pakistani and Indian brothers help each other a lot in securing job and business here, but the point to mention is that you will always be troubled by finances in this country no matter what happens.

    Plus the lay off culture which prevails heavily causes 1000`s of job cuts, recently Alberta has cut on more than 1000 jobs and will cut more till May 2017, all Oil & gas projects are at a halt. This will definitely drain the work force from Canada, as all engineers, technical people will move to USA/ Europe and Middle East in search of jobs.

    The point to consider here is only and Only TECHNICAL people with HANDS on experience ( Carpenter, Plumber, Engineer with detailed engineering work NOT Management ) these people are required here and they hardly make enough to survive .

    Nonetheless it offers security, freedom of religion and peace of mind, this is what one would want in his/her lifetime, yes you cannot boast of your career growth in this country.

  • October 1, 2017

    Its quite discouraging to know that Canada is not looking for Engineers whereas its neighbor country, USA is desperate to get the talented engineers to run its googles, facebooks and microsofts. This clearly shows the malise in which Canada is caught in. Canada has been plagued with an “innovation deprivation” syndrome since 2005. On global innovation index, it occupies a spot after the tiny Hong Kong. It has failed to steer the wave of innovation and entrepreneurship created by Nortels and Blackberrys ten years back and has failed to create new avenues of growth except for the spill-over effect of oil fracking in Alberta thanks to USA. A demand for low-value-addition workers only shows the failure and inability of the country to have innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship as driving engine of the economy.

  • October 16, 2017

    hi…we’ve just immigrated to Canada and I want to start going to university in Toronto. And I’ve got the TOEFL degree too. Should i take some exams of high school subject before going to university? Is there any special exam?

    • October 16, 2017

      hi @fatimaimtiaz.. you’ll generally need a high school leaving certificate or equivalent to study at bachelor’s level in Canada. I’d recommend checking the official website of the Canadian university you’re interested in to find out more about entry requirements, including whether you need to sit any exams.

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