How to get a Canada PR After Studying

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Meridean Overseas

Updated On 13 December 2022 & Read Time 6 minutes




Canada is the dream study-abroad destination for many international students. The practical approach to teaching and affordable education are the core reasons that international students choose to study in Canada. Most international students studying in Canada or planning to study might have thought at least once about getting a Canadian PR. Getting a dream job in Canada and settling there is an overwhelming thing for them. In this blog, let's explore how to get a PR (Permanent Residency) in Canada.


What is Canada PR?


The Canada PR (Permanent Residency) is an official government permission that allows internationals to work and settle in Canada. Therefore, a person with Canadian PR can live anywhere in Canada legally and enjoy constitutional rights. One must present their valid PR card or permanent resident travel document (PRTD) when boarding a flight to Canada or traveling to Canada on any other commercial carrier.


Benefits of Getting PR in Canada


Canada is a welcoming and diverse country where internationals can live happily. Moreover, the high standard of living and huge career prospects are some other reasons that international students wish to achieve Canada PR. The country has easy PR laws and job opportunities for international students. Some of the core reasons to study in Canada are:

  • Through permanent residency, internationals get equal social benefits that Canadian citizens get, including health care insurance.

  • You are free to work, study and live in any province or territory of Canada.

  • You become eligible to apply for Canadian citizenship.

  • Enjoy the rights under Canadian law and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

  • After getting the  Canada PR you  permitted to bring your family with you.


Categories of PR for International Students in Canada


There are three categories of permanent residency that you may fit into, that includes Canadian Experience Class, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Provincial Nominee Program.


Canada Experience Class


This program is under the Express Entry immigration system and is for skilled workers who have Canadian work experience. It is considered one of the fastest methods to achieve Canadian PR.(Language) Eligibility criteria for this program depends on several things, including education, language ability and age. Students must have at least 1 year of skilled work experience in Canada in the last 3 years.


Federal Skilled Worker


This program also comes under the Express Entry immigration system. The program is for skilled workers with foreign work experience who want to migrate  to Canada permanently. Therefore, it is a great option for international students. This program has various selection factors, including age, education, work experience, whether you have a valid job offer, English and French language skills, and adaptability. These factors are a part of the 100-point grid, and the current pass mark is 67 points.


Provincial Nominee Program


This program comes under the non-Express Entry immigration system. To be eligible for this program, students must meet the minimum requirements of one of the province or territory's non-Express Entry streams and be nominated under that stream. In this PR category, students are allowed to work in the same provinces or territory for which they have applied for at least 2 to 3 years.


Process to Apply for Permanent Residence Canada


Statistics Canada found that nearly 30 percent of international students who come to Canada on a study visa obtained permanent residency within a decade. Know the Canada PR process below:


STEP 1: Fill out the online form


Students can only apply for express entry if they have received an invitation. Students can only apply up to 60 days after getting an invitation. To fill out the form online, students must sign in to their accounts. While filling out an online form, make sure that you attach all the required documents, and all your answers must be complete and genuine.


STEP 2: Scan and upload all the documents


tudents have to submit their documents which are either in English or in the French language. If the documents are not in English, then you have to either get them stamped by a certified translator or they must be accompanied by an affidavit from the person who completed the translation. After collecting all the required documents, take an electronic copy and upload them.


STEP 3: Pay the fees


After filling out all the sections, the system will show you a list of fees you need to pay. Students have to pay two types of fees:


Fees For


Processing Fee

850 CAD

Right Of Permanent Residence Fee

515 CAD

If the student's application remains incomplete, then the authority will tell you and refund your processing fee and right of permanent residence fee. However, once the process starts, the fee won't be refunded.


STEP 4: Appear for the Biometrics


The authority will contact students for biometrics through their online accounts. Students have to physically appear for the biometrics on a selected date. During biometrics, students need to give their fingerprints and photo. Students must pay the biometric fee when submitting their application to avoid delays in biometrics.


STEP 5: Decision on the Application


If the student has met the program's eligibility criteria, then their application will be approved, and they will get a PR card. The authority will tell you about the decision through your account.


Documents required for Canada PR


To apply for the Canada PR, students must have the following documents:

  • A valid passport or travel documents

  • Language test scores

  • Proof of Canadian education or an educational credential assessment report (if applied through the Federal Skilled Workers Program)

  • Work experience letters

  • Educational transcripts

  • Police certificates

  • Medical exams

  • Proof of funds

  • Birth certificate




Q: Can Canadian permanent residents give votes?

A: Canadian permanent residents are not allowed to vote or run a political party.

Q: What is the Processing Time for a Canadian PR Visa?

A: The Canada visa processing time is around 5 to 8 months after receiving the ITA (Invitation to Apply).

Q: How do you update your information after submitting your PR application?

A: For any changes after submitting an application, students can use this Web form to report important changes.

Q: Is PR lifetime in Canada?

A: Yes, Canadian PR visa status is for a lifetime.

Q: How much time must one be present in Canada to maintain permanent residency status?

A: You must have spent at least 730 days in Canada during the previous five years in order to maintain your permanent residence status. However, it is not compulsory to stay in Canada for continuous 730 days.


Moreover, students who wish to study in Canada may contact our expert counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). You can also take free online counselling through our website. Our expert counsellors will provide you with the best guidance and support you need to take the admission and visa process. For more information or any queries, you can mail us at or call us at our toll-free no. 1800-1230-00011.

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