International students in Canada have unique career and immigration opportunities.
With quality tuition, safe cities, employment options (both during and after the study period), and as a pathway to Canadian permanent residence, the decision to study in Canada can be one of the most important decisions made by young people from around the world.
Having already made the decision to study in Canada, international students can take full advantage of the generous opportunities that come with a Canadian Study Permit.
While studying in Canada
Students in Canada can work off-campus, renew or change their Study Permit, if required, bring their spouse or common-law partner to Canada with an Open Work Permit, and have friends and family visit Canada.
Work while studying
A valid Canada Study Permit grants international students in Canada the right to work off-campus, under certain conditions.
Renew or change a Study Permit
Over the course of their time studying in Canada, many international students may need to renew or change their Study Permit. Reasons for this may include changing program, faculty, or institution, or needing additional time to complete a study program in Canada.
Get an Open Work Permit for your spouse or common-law partner
A major advantage that international students in Canada have is that their spouse or common-law partner can also come to Canada on an Open Work Permit. This allows couples in a relationship to remain in close proximity, and gives spouses and common-law partners a vital entry into the Canadian labour market.
Have your family and friends visit Canada
Over recent years, Canada has issued an ever-increasing number of visitor visas. For international students in Canada and their families and close friends, this presents an opportunity to maintain contact with loved ones while exploring all that Canada has to offer.
On completion of your studies in Canada
Upon completion of a study program in Canada, international students can get a Post-Graduation Work Permit and, ultimately, obtain Canadian permanent resident status.
Obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit
International students in Canada who are interested in seeking permanent residence once they have completed their studies may take advantage of the opportunity to obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit. These work permits are issued for up to three years, and allow ambitious graduates to gain Canadian professional work experience.
Immigrate to Canada permanently
Studying in Canada is a pathway to permanent residence and, ultimately, Canadian citizenship, if desired. Individuals with a Canadian degree and Canadian work experience are in a wonderful position to eventually apply for Canadian immigration, either through the Canadian Experience Class, Quebec Experience Class, one of the Provincial Nominee Programs, or a Skilled Worker Program.