International Graduates

International Students after graduation can apply either through Provincial Nominee Program or one of Federal Program. Kindly see the options below:

The Alberta Province situated in Western Canada, is the most populous of Canada’s three Prairie Provinces. The capital of Alberta is Edmonton which is a major supplier of Canada’s crude oils. Alberta has a dry climate where summers are warm and winters are cold. It hosts forty-two public schools and universities like the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and Mount Royal University. Alberta, with its exquisite landscapes, diverse communities and a high standard of living, welcomes a large number people to work there every year. The Alberta Provincial Nominee Program was introduced by the Government of Alberta with the permission of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It supports the economic growth of the province by attracting and retaining work-ready, competent and high-caliber possessing immigrants to the province. Following are the details of the Alberta Provincial Nominee Program:

Education Required to Apply:
  • You should have completed a certificate, diploma, degree or a graduate level program.
  • The University or college should be a Alberta approved public or private post-secondary institution or a publicly funded community college, trade/technical school or university in another Canadian province.
  • The study program should have been at least one year of full-time studies.
  • No internships or co-op work should be done during the one year of full-time studies.

Job Requirements:
  • The job must a permanent, full-time job under an Alberta employer.
  • Your occupation must be listed as Skill level NOC 0 (management jobs), NOC A (jobs requiring university education), NOC B (jobs requiring college education), NOC C (job requiring some training or secondary education) in the National Occupational Classification Matrix.

Employer Requirements:
  • The employer must be registered under an act of a Canadian Province and must well established and functioning.
  • Your remuneration should be equal to or greater than the standard pay given to workers with your level of experience.
  • Must offer additional benefits to the employee.
  • The employer must be able to offer a job that meets Alberta’s employment and wage standards.

Language Requirements:
  • Only candidates with skill level NOC C have to show a proof of language eligibility by meeting language requirement determined by CIC.
  • The approved tests for language proof by CIC are : Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test d’Évaluation de Francais (TEF).
  • The test result should not be more than a year older from the date of your application for Permanent Residency.

Income Requirements:
  • Income should show that you are able to live permanently in Alberta.

You are not eligible if:
  • Your occupation is mentioned in the International Graduate Category ineligible occupations list.
  • You have any unresolved refugee claim in Canada.
  • You are a live-in caregiver currently living in Canada.
  • You are a temporary foreign worker working and living in a province other than Alberta.

Processing Time:
Please check CIC website to know about the processing time.

No fees are required for applying but in case of your getting nominated, you will have to submit processing fees to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
British Columbia Province is located on the west-coast of Canada ranked 5th in area and 3rd in population. It’s capital city, Victoria, is the fifteenth largest metropolitan region in Canada. It has a mild temperature averaging annually up to 12 degrees Celsius. It is also a home to the city of Vancouver, the third-largest city of Canada. The major public Universities situated in British Columbia are The University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, University of the Fraser Valley and Simon Fraser University. The recently announced British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program allows the prospective immigrants with the required skills and expertise to apply for a Permanent Residency in British Columbia, Canada. Following are the specifications of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program for International Graduates:

Education Required to Apply:
Please be noted that this program is only for international student who have graduated from a University or college in Canada in the last three years. The University or college should be a Canadian post-secondary institution that has been given authorization to grant degrees. Your certificate of the degree acquired will be a pre-requisite for applying. Students with a diploma or certificate can also apply but the certificate should be from a public post-secondary institution in Canada and the course should have at least 8 months or 2 semesters of full-time study. Full-time study does not include internships.

Job Requirements:
  • Your occupation must be listed as Skill level 0, A or B in the National Occupational Classification Matrix.
  • The job should not be listed at NOC C & D level.
  • The job should at least 30 hours per work.

Employer Requirements:
  • The employer has to be eligible for BC PNP.
  • Your remuneration should be equal to or greater than the standard pay given to workers with your level of experience.
  • The employer has to provide a letterhead stating the job title, the salary, the working hours, any insurances or benefits provided in addition to those required by law, reference to collective agreement if any.

Language Requirements:
  • You must meet the compulsory language requirement determined by CIC.
  • The approved tests for language proof by CIC are : Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test d’Évaluation de Francais (TEF).

Income Requirements:
You have to show proof of the fact that you will be able to pay for your housing and living in BC province. This is assessed on the basis of your income, location and number of dependents.

Other Eligibility Criteria:
  • You must not have been prohibited from entering Canada and must not be illegally staying in Canada.
  • You should be lawfully admitted in the country of your current residence.
  • You must not be under the removal order in Canada and must not have any unresolved refugee claim in Canada.

Processing Time:
CIC has stated that 80% of complete applications issued will be processed within 6 months from the date of issue. However, this time applies only to process and not to the time required to reach a decision about granting the Permanent Residence.

Processing Fees:
A processing fee of 700$ will be charge along with your application.

Application Process:
  • Submission of the application along with the fees.
  • Reviewing of your application by CIC.
  • In the case of your application being approved, you will be nominated for Permanent Residence and will have to make an application to Citizenship and Immigration Canada for a Permanent Residence visa.
Manitoba is a Prairie Province of Canada with the largest continental climate and innumerable water bodies making it the most pleasant place to live in. Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba, is Canada’s eight largest metropolitan city. Of all Canadian Provinces, Manitoba is the richest in agriculture and thus plays a major role the country’s economy. Manitoba hosts thirty-seven public schools. It is also home to five major Universities: The University of Manitoba, The University of Winnipeg, Université de Saint-Boniface, the Canadian Mennonite University and the Brandon University. Manitoba has grown and continues to grow through immigration as more and more people turn towards it due to its affordable cost of living, numerous job opportunities and welcoming communities and climate. Therefore, in order to catch the attention of skilled and talented immigrants, Manitoba has introduced the its Provincial Nominee Program. Following are the details of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program for International Graduates:

Education Required to Apply:
Any training program at any recognized private or public vocational, post-secondary institution in Manitoba. Note that no language training programs are included in this. The program should be full-time and should at least have lasted a year after which on successfully completing it, you got your diploma, degree or certificate.

Job Requirements:
  • Your job should be a full-time and permanent job.
  • The job must not be a part of work-study program.
  • It should be a long-term job offered by the same employer for whom you worked full-time for at least a 6 month time period.
  • It must not be a self-employment job or a owner-operator job or a job where you are providing services an independent contractor.
  • If you are from a province other than Manitoba, you have to have a one year experience working for a Manitoba employer.
  • If you are an individual who does not need a work permit to work in Manitoba (e.g. Minister of Religion), you cannot apply for MPNP.

Employer Requirements:
Your employer must be registered or incorporated under an act of a legislature of a province or Parliament in Canada and must have a well-established business in Manitoba. The employer must provide proof of the fact that they can provide you a full-time long term job in Manitoba.

Language Requirements:
English or French language proficiency is required with at least 60 out of 100 points on the points assessment grid.

Settlement Plan:
  • A requirement of C$10,000 in settlement funds and a proof of the intention of living, working and establishing work and family life in Manitoba.
  • If you are a skilled worker, currently employed in Manitoba then you may not need to show the C$10,000 in settlement funds as MPNP will consider your income instead.

Manitoba Invitation Stream:
  • Open for only those candidates who have received an Invitation Letter from Manitoba to apply for MPNP.
  • Candidate has to be between 21 and 45 years of age.
  • The candidate must have stronger ties with the Manitoba Province than with any other Province.
  • The candidate must have at least a one-year, post-secondary certificate or training diploma, degree or certificate.
  • He/she should have at least two years of full-time work experience in the past five years.
  • IELTS test score of at least 5.

Manitoba Support Stream:
  • This is only for skilled workers who even though are not working in Manitoba, have a personal connection in Manitoba to support them.
  • The applicant has to score at least 60 out of 100 points on the MPNP selection grid based on Language Proficiency, Age, Work Experience, Adaptability and Education.
  • The supporter of the applicant must be either a close relative, distant relative or a close friend of the applicant and must be a Canadian citizen residing in Manitoba.
  • The supporter must also have the capability to support the applicant’s Settlement Plan.

Nomination Quota:
The nomination quota for the year 2015 is 5000.
Newfoundland and Labrador are Easterly Province of Canada and exhibit famous cliffs, waterfalls and glacial fjords. St. John’s, its capital city is Canada’s 20th largest Metropolitan City. Its climate varies from time to time and there is never a stable climate. It has the fastest growing economy and highly competitive labour market. Thus, in order to increase its skilled workforce, Newfoundland and Labrador Province has introduced its Provincial Nominee Program. Following are the details of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program for International Graduates:

Education Required to Apply:
  • You should have completed at least half of your studies in Canada.
  • You should have completed at least a two-year, full-time diploma or degree program and a one year post graduate or degree or certificate program after that from an eligible, public Canadian college or University.
  • You should have the qualification, skills and credits needed for your job in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Job Requirements:
Your offered job should be a permanent, full-time job offered by a Newfoundland and Labrador employer.

Language Requirements:
You must demonstrate passable English or French language skills required for your job in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Other Requirements:
  • Your application for the NLPNP must be submitted within two years of the date on which you received your degree or diploma or during the last semester of completing your degree or diploma.
  • If the application is given during the last semester of completing your degree or diploma, you should provide transcripts indicating that you will be graduating at the end of the semester.
  • You must have a Post-Graduate Work Permit.
  • You must have enough necessary settlement funds and resources to achieve the standard of living in Newfoundland and Labrador Province for yourself as well as any dependents if present.
New Brunswick, lying on the Eastern border of Canada, is one of Canada’s Maritime Provinces. It showcases the famous Appalachian Mountains and the Bay of Fundy known for its extreme tides and whale-watching. Located within New Brunswick is the important port city of Saint John. It is officially bilingual (English and French). New Brunswick is a safe place to work due its Workers’ Compensation Act. New Brunswick values the skills and expertise of its immigrants and therefore has launcher its Provincial Nominee Program to give justice to competent immigrants. Following are the specifications of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program for International Graduates:

  • Sufficient education to settle in New Brunswick and fulfill your job duties for the intended job.
  • You should have completed at least a two-year, full-time diploma or degree program and a one year post graduate or degree or certificate program after that from an eligible, public Canadian college or University.

Job requirements:
  • You should have at least two years of full-time work experience in the last five years of your application for NBPNP.
  • Your job should be categorized in one of the following National Occupation Classification skill levels: Skill levels O, A, B, Skill levels C with Category 1, 3, 7, 8, 9 and Skill level D with Category 1, 3, 7, 8, 9.

Language Requirements:
Sufficient English or French Language skills to settle and work in New Brunswick and fulfill your job duties.
Nova Scotia, one of Canada’s Maritime Provinces, located on the Eastern border of Canada, is a home to puffins and seals and well-known for its water sports such as kayaking. Its capital city, Halifax, adorned with a star-shaped Citadel and Victorian-era Public Gardens is a feast for the eyes. Being a peninsula, it has a moderate climate due to the oceans surrounding it. Nova Scotia is a tolerant and diverse Province of Canada which has only become vibrant due the number of immigrants arriving there every year. Nova Scotia yet has a room for more immigrants and to fulfill this has introduced the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program to grab the best of talents. Mentioned below are the specifications of the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program for International Graduates:

Education Required to Apply:
  • Graduation with at least a one year credential from any recognized post-secondary institution in Canada.
  • Graduation should have been obtained not later than 36 months from the time of application.
  • You cannot apply if you are still graduating.

Job Requirements:
  • A full-time and permanent job offer from an employer in the Nova Scotia Province.
  • A work experience of three months with an employer in Nova Scotia Province.
  • The job must meet the standard wages stated by the Nova Scotia Province.

Language Requirements:
  • Minimum CLB level 5
  • IELTS level 4.5
  • TOEFL IBT 53-64
  • TOEFL CBT 153-180

Settlement Funds:
  • A minimum of $1500 cash is required as settlement funds.
  • In case you are planning to move with your spouse, then additional $1500 in settlement funds is the minimum requirement for your spouse too.
Ontario is the most conveniently located Canadian Province touching Hudson Bay on the North and U.S. on the South. Among all other things, the capital of Ontario, Toronto, is well-known for its 553m CN Tower and 400-acer High Park. Ottawa, its National Capital is known for its Art Gallery displaying innumerable and brilliant works of art. Ontario has a climate that varies due to seasons and locations. Ontario is the most multi-cultural Province of Canada and a prosperous land of bright opportunities. More than half of Canada’s new immigrants make Ontario their home. Thus, to fulfill the purpose of selecting and keeping the best of work-force for Ontario, it has initiated the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program. Mentioned here are the specifications of the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program for International Graduates:

Education Requirements:
  • You should have completed at least half your studies from Canada.
  • You must have graduated or will be graduating from a registered Canadian college or University.
  • You should have a minimum of a two-year diploma or degree program certificate while studying full-time.
  • If you have at least a one-year post-graduate or certificate program credit which requires a previous degree or diploma then also you are eligible.

Job Requirements:
  • The job should be listed in a managerial, professional or skilled trades occupation (NOC 0, A or B).
  • The job may or may not be related to your field of study.
  • It must be a permanent and full-time job.
  • The remuneration should meet the standard entry level wage for that occupation.

Processing Time:
Please see the CIC website for information about processing time.

A fee of $1500 will be charged.

Nomination Quota:
Ontario has a target nomination of 5200 in 2015.
What is Express Entry?
The Express Entry is a new electronic system that has been implemented by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to handle applications for permanent residence under the following federal economic immigration programs:
  • The Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • The Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • The Canadian Experience Class

Provinces and territories can also recruit candidates from the Express Entry system through their Provincial Nominee Programs to meet local labour market needs. An Invitation to Apply for permanent residence will be given to those who were accepted into the Express Entry pool. These invitations will be regularly issued throughout the year. The top candidates will be chosen regardless of when they were accepted. The 1st batch of invitations went out during the last week of January 2015.Upon receiving an invitation, you then have 60 days to submit your application for permanent residence online.Ensuring strong links between economic immigration and Canada’s labour market is the goal of Express Entry.

The Express Entry Mechanism
The Express Entry System has two steps:

1. Potential candidates first have to create and complete an online Express Entry profile:
To do this, the candidates have to fill up a secure form, online, which requires them to fill up details about the following:
  • Skills
  • Work experience
  • Language ability
  • Education
  • Other details that will help CIC in assessing them

If the candidates meet the eligibility criteria for any one of the three programs supported under the Express Entry (as mentioned earlier), they will be added into a pool of candidates. The candidate pool comprises of all the candidates who have cleared this first test for express entry. This does not mean that the candidate is granted permanent residence or is issued an ITA (Invitation to Apply). A candidate can remain in the pool for a maximum of one year before receiving an ITA.

2. The highest ranking candidates present in the candidate pool are then issued an ITA (Invitation to Apply):
Based on the information filled by the candidates on their profile, they are given a rank among all other candidates using a point-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). Following this, candidates with the highest scores are issued an ITA.

Candidates are evaluated and given points based on the following factors:
  • A job offer
  • A nomination from a province or territory
  • Skills and experience

In order to boost their points, the candidates can have one or both of the following:
  • A job offer with LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment)
  • A nomination by a province or territory

After receiving the ITA, the candidates have 60 days to submit an online application for permanent residence. CIC processes in six months or less all the complete applications that have all the necessary documents and information.

Finding your NOC
NOC stands for the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Since jobs are bunched together based on the types of work and types of job duties, the Canadian government uses the NOC, which is a system used for classifying jobs or occupations.

For immigration purposes, the main groups are:
  • Skill Type 0 (zero) – management jobs
    • examples: restaurant managers, mine managers, shore captains (fishing)
  • Skill Level A — professional jobs. People usually need a degree from a university for these jobs.
    • examples: doctors, dentists, architects
  • Skill Level B — technical jobs and skilled trades. People usually need a college diploma or to train as an apprentice to do these jobs.
    • examples: chefs, electricians, plumbers
  • Skill Level C — intermediate jobs. These jobs usually need high school and/or job-specific training.
    • examples: long-haul truck drivers, butchers, food and beverage servers
  • Skill Level D — labour jobs. On-the-job training is usually given.
    • examples: cleaning staff, oil field workers, fruit pickers

Your job and previous work must be skill type 0, level A, or B to use Express Entry and apply as a skilled immigrant.

Related Pages

Summary of points per factor for Express Entry
Skilled trades
Federal Skilled Class under Express Entry program
Canadian Experience Class
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