If you are looking to immigrate as an international student pursuing your studies in Canada, there are some factors that you need to consider when trying to determine what program of study to choose in order to apply successfully for a Canadian study permit. This is a very important consideration that is ultimately going to help you achieve your end goal of becoming a Canadian permanent resident.
Post-Graduate Work Permit
Persons who have studied in Canada become eligible for a work permit known as a post-graduate work permit upon successful completion of their studies at a designated learning institution inside Canada. Notably, the duration of the post-graduate work permit will be dependent on the duration of your program of study. Regardless of the duration of study, you are still going to be eligible for the post-graduate work permit after you complete your studies.
The post-graduate work permit allows you to work inside Canada. After working inside Canada for at least one year, you then become eligible to apply for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class program. Therefore, it would be crucial for you to choose a program of study that is for a duration of time that will allow you to get the maximum length of time available for a work permit.
Duration of A Post-Graduate Work Permit
The duration of a post-graduate work permit is dependent on the duration of the program of study you will choose and make your study permit application for. For instance, if your study program is two years or more, you will become eligible for a three-year post-graduate work permit. If your study program is one year, then you will qualify for a one-year post-graduate work permit after you complete your studies.
Therefore, it is advisable that you choose a program of study that is going to allow you to get the maximum length of time available for work permit holders, which is three years. This means that you would have to choose a program of study that is at least two years long.
Implication Of The Duration Of Your Study Program
If you were to pursue a program of study that is longer than two years, for instance a three year or a four-year bachelor’s degree program, at the end of the four years of study, you are still going to be eligible for a three-year work permit. This is similar to the work permit you would get if you completed a two-year study program. Hence, you might get more value from completing a two-year study program and then getting your three-year post-graduate work permit upon completion of that program.
Therefore, it is important for you to consider the amount of time needed in order for you to eventually qualify for a post-graduate work permit. There are some master’s programs that you may be able to complete in under two years and still be eligible for a three-year work permit. It would be advisable for you to consider such study programs when you want to make this decision.
Canadian Designated Learning Institutions
It is equally important for you to ensure that the learning institution you decide to study at is a Designated Learning Institution, known as a DLI, when you are assessing your schools of choice. You can verify this through the Canadian government’s website. You can check to see which learning institutions are designated and you can also find out what their DLI numbers are.
Once you have verified that your school of choice is a designated learning institution you can then proceed to apply. Additionally, you will need to obtain a letter of acceptance from the designated learning institution that you will use when making your application for a study permit.
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