Pathway Start and End Dates
As part of its innovative immigration blueprint, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new pathway dedicated to international graduates.
The new permanent residence public policy comes into effect on May 6, 2021 and will end on November 5, 2021. The pathway will also close once the intake cap of each stream has been reached.
As with all public policies, this public policy may be revoked by the Minister, without prior notice.
International Graduates Stream Intake Cap
The cap for international graduates pathway is 40,000.
Eligibility Requirements to International Graduate Applicants
Based on public policy considerations, delegated officers may grant permanent resident status to international graduates who meet the following conditions.
The foreign national must:
- 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” (DLI) in Canada. As defined in section 211.1 of the Regulations, a DLI is:
- a public post-secondary institution, such as a college, trade/technical school, university or in Quebec CEGEP
- a private post-secondary school in Quebec that operates under the same rules and regulations as public institutions in Quebec
- a private or public post-secondary institution in Quebec offering qualifying programs of 900 hours or longer leading to a diploma of vocational studies (DVS) or an attestation of vocational specialization (AVS)
- a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees under provincial law but only if the program of study completed was a degree as authorized by the province.
- Obtained one of the following credentials, following the completion of a program study from an eligible institution. For instance:
- 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:
- 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 two years (at least 16 months in duration).
- Each DVS and AVS must last at least 900 hours in duration and the combined program of study must add up to 1,800 hours.
- 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.
- Have been authorized pursuant to the Act and Regulations to study throughout their education in Canada;
- Demonstrate language proficiency by attaining a minimum score of CLB 5 in the past two years;
- Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada during the process;
- Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
- Upload all documents necessary to satisfy the eligibility requirements, except for evidence required to demonstrate physical presence in Canada at the time of application approval;
- Submit their application for permanent residence under this public policy via the online portal. Applicants who, because of a disability are unable to meet the requirement to make an application, submit any document or provide a signature or information using electronic means may submit this application by any other legitimate means; and
- The foreign national is not inadmissible under the Act and Regulations
Eligibility Requirements Applicable to Family Members in Canada
In-Canada family members of a principal applicant who applies for permanent residence under this public policy are eligible to be granted permanent residence pursuant to this public policy if they meet the following conditions:
- Reside in Canada;
- Recognized by the public policy as an accompanying family member of the principal applicant;
- Meet the definition of a “family member” in subsection 1(3) of the Regulations;
- Is not inadmissible pursuant to the Act and Regulations; and
- A delegated officer has determined that the principal applicant meets all conditions (eligibility requirements) to receive permanent residence pursuant to this public policy.
Eligibility Requirements Applicable to Family Members Abroad
When processing an application for permanent residence, officers may grant an exemption from the requirements identified below if a foreign national meets the following conditions:
- the foreign national is included as an accompanying family member by a principal applicant under this public policy;
- meets the definition of family member in subsection 1(3) of the Regulations;
- is not inadmissible pursuant to the Act and Regulations; and
- a delegated officer has determined that the principal applicant meets all conditions (eligibility requirements) to receive permanent residence pursuant to this public policy.