Stay In Canada And Work After Graduation - Know Your Options

Know All Your Options & What Is Required and Then Prepare In Advance of Graduation : Don't Wait Until After You Graduate

Studying in B.C. can be a very exciting once-in-a-lifetime experience. Some students return home after their studies, others stay and look for work here. This post outlines options for those that wish to stay and work in Canada after graduation. Make sure you read to the end or click the link to see Grandesco College's "Unique Positioning" in this competitive environment

After you graduate from your program of studies, you may be able to work temporarily or even live permanently in Canada. See below for options from the Government of  Canada website.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) chooses skilled immigrants as permanent residents based on their ability to settle in Canada and take part in our economy.  Their system manages how people with skilled work experience can apply to immigrate to Canada through what is called Express Entry.

Other Relevant Links Pages:

Post Graduation Work Permit

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience. Skilled Canadian work experience gained through the PGWPP helps graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian experience class.
A work permit under the PGWPP may be issued for the length of the study program, for a maximum of 3 years. A post-graduation work permit cannot be valid for longer than the student’s study program, which must be a minimum of 8 months in duration.
To apply for a work permit after your graduation, you must meet the following requirements: You must have been enrolled in full-time studies in B.C. ... If you are taking studies that lead to a degree in a private institution, it must be approved and authorized by the province of B.C.
If you want to work in B.C. after you graduate from your studies you may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit of up to three years in length. However, it is up to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and rules could change at any time. For more information about the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.

Other types of work permits

However, there are many other options for work permits beyond the post-graduation work permit for students that may help them gain successful long-term employment in their field and possibly get them permanent residence like some students that feel that is what the post-graduation work permit does for them.  Here is the website link to IRCC’s Other Types of Work Permits:
There are two types of work permits: open work permits and employer-specific work permits. Some options beside the post-graduation work permit include:
An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, except for an employer:
·        who is listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions, or
·        who regularly offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages.
You can only get an open work permit in specific situations. Find out if you can apply for an open work permit.

An employer-specific work permit allows you to work according to the conditions on your work permit, which include: 
·       the name of the employer you can work for,
·       how long you can work, and
·       the location where you can work (if applicable).

Other Options Post-Graduation

There are many other options for extending your stay in Canada post graduation which could include buying a business (BC-PNP program). British Columbia’s economic growth depends on having enough skilled and qualified people to meet labour market needs. The BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) is a way for high-demand foreign workers and experienced entrepreneurs to gain permanent residency in B.C.  Options are as follows:


The BC Provincial Nominee Program offers three ways to become a permanent resident in B.C. Each pathway contains different categories you can apply under, depending on your National Occupational Classification skill level, job, or international student status. Browse the links below for details of available categories, program requirements, and how to register and apply. 


Skills Immigration

Skills Immigration is for skilled and semi-skilled workers in high-demand occupations in B.C. It uses a points-based invitation system. The process involves registering and applying online for the BC PNP and a paper application process for permanent residency.
You may not need prior work experience for some categories. Skilled workers may have work experience from abroad. Entry Level and Semi-Skilled category applicants need B.C. work experience. Recent international graduates of a Canadian university or college may not need any work experience, depending on the job being offered. Get started


Express Entry BC

Express Entry BC is a faster way for eligible skilled workers to immigrate to B.C. You must also qualify for a federal economic immigration program. It uses a points-based invitation system, and is an entirely web-based registration and application process for both the BC PNP and permanent residency process.
You do not require B.C. work experience. However, you must have relevant work experience as well as meet other requirements such as education and language. Get started

Entrepreneur Immigration

The Entrepreneur Immigration stream is for high net worth business people who can invest in and actively manage a valid business in B.C. It is a points-based system. Applicants must also have the required personal and investment funds.
We also have an option for companies looking to expand into B.C., and who need to get permanent residency for key employees. Get started


Other immigration options If you don’t qualify for one of the BC PNP streams, there may be other ways to come to B.C. Learn about your options, and see if you qualify as an immigrant, temporary resident or visitor. See other options



The B.C. technology sector is a major driver of economic growth in the province, with tech employment at its highest level ever recorded. The demand for talent in B.C.’s tech sector is increasing faster than the supply.

The priorities for the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology include establishing B.C. as a preferred location for new and emerging technologies, increasing the growth of domestic B.C. tech companies, and removing barriers to attracting skilled workers.

In support of these ministry priorities, a pilot under the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) works to ensure the technology sector can attract and retain the talent it needs to be sustained and to grow the sector further.

Am I eligible?

To apply for a work permit after your graduation, you must meet the following requirements as per IRCC’s requirements. Here is the link to eligibility (note: eligibility and IRCC requirements can and do change from time to time to continue to check their site for the latest rules on eligibility as what you think may apply from when you first looked and applied could change and affect your eligibility)

Find your path to permanent residence

You’ve studied in Canada and maybe you even have Canadian work experience. Now, you’d like to live here permanently. We have options for you to become a permanent resident!
The Come to Canada tool can help you explore your options. You can also use the cheat sheet below to compare programs. Visit the program’s eligibility page to get all the details.
Before you compare programs, here are two key terms you need to know:

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)

The Canadian standard used to describe, measure and recognize English language ability of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants who plan to live and work in Canada, or apply for citizenship. The Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) is used to assess abilities in the French language.

National Occupation Code (NOC)

The National Occupation Classification (NOC) is a list of all the occupations in the Canadian labor market. It describes each job according to skill type and skill level. For immigration purposes, these are the main job groups:
  • Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs
  • Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university
  • Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice
  • Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training
  • Skill Level D: labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training

How Grandesco College Can Help and Our Unique Positioning

There are a lot of choices when it comes to education and it is a major investment of time and resources. At Grandesco, we leverage our connection to global leaders and world class companies through our corporate training and bring practical, results-focused programs that prepare and position students for success in their career and life. Our commitment is to provide an education that creates lifelong memories, connections and produce future leaders of influence.
As Grandesco College specializes in leadership and management training and, specifically corporate training and executive education, we have relationships with many companies and business leaders that view us as a trusted advisor and look forward to hiring our students as they already know our standards and integrity and know the quality and care of which we deliver all our programs and that gives them confidence in dealing with Grandesco and their desire to hire our students. Further, we have the Grandesco College ESL and Cultural Intelligence Centre on campus and are an authorized Paragon Testing Facility for the CAEL and CELPIP.  This helps support and satisfy requirements of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
·       The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment is a standardized test designed to determine the level of English language proficiency of test takers planning to study in an English-medium college or university, or to apply for membership in various professional associations. It is an alternative to the American TOEFL test and the British IELTS Academic Test.
·        The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Test is a recognized computer-delivered English language assessment tool. Since all components are completely computer-delivered in just one sitting, it offers a unique testing experience that requires no additional appointments. The computer-delivered Speaking component allows test takers to demonstrate their English proficiency without the possible confounding effects associated with human interaction, as used in other testing systems.
o   The CELPIP Test uses the English commonly spoken in Canada. It is ideal for providing proof of English language proficiency for immigration to Canada or for Canadian citizenship.
o   The CELPIP Test consists of two versions: CELPIP-General and CELPIP-General LS.

Where Grandesco College is very well positioned and offers students something no other institutions in BC can offer that we know of is a Personal Success Coach and Mentor for their entire program that is non-marking and there to support them in their success, challenges, and preparation for their careers from day one in the program. Moreover, we do not have students wait until they have graduated or they are close to graduation to prepare them for their careers. In fact from day one in the program the first course everyone takes is Mastering Student and Career Success.  Further, we are starting to offer co-op work terms at the end of coursework to give students more practical experience to even better position them for success in their careers. The Success Coach and Mentor along with the extended team at Grandesco also works with students to prepare them for work in a field relevant to the program they choose which is aligned with IRCC’s requirements for post-graduation work permits and permanent residency requirements. Our entire program and approach to education is designed to give students the competence and confidence to succeed in leadership combined with the cultural intelligence to work in Canada and diverse work populations that the World Economic Forum has said is one of the top 10 leadership and job skills needed for the future.  Last, Grandesco College hosts many different business Wtraining over and above the courses and program that students take that opens up even more opportunities for growth and career success. As these are things that leaders do all the time as a requirement of their careers, it gives students not just valuable contacts and opportunities but experience that leads to the competence and confidence they will need to succeed as leaders of tomorrow! For immigration purposes, under the National Occupation Classification (NOC), these are the main job groups Grandesco College programs set you up for success in under the IRCC requirements:
·        Skill Type 0 (zero): Management jobs
·        Skill Level A: Professional jobs

As an institution that has been around for over 20 years now and Grandesco College is a Designated institution through the B.C. Private Training Institutions Branch under the Ministry of Advance Education and holds is Educational Quality Assurance Designation (EQA) and is on the Designated Institutions List for Canada (D.L.I.#019347006982).  This gives students and families the confidence they are dealing with an institution of high calibre and integrity. Given all of the above and the choices you have when it comes to education, we feel Grandesco College is the best choice and will provide the best return for your investment of time and resources! Take action now as we limit the amount of students we take each year to maintain our standards and ability to deliver the results we aim to achieve.

With Gratitude,

Corey Sigvaldason
Grandesco College


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