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Canadian universities have seen a steady increase in enrollment over the years, and there has been a significant increase in the number of international students who chose Canada for their 2017/2018 academic studies. This is no surprise since Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary remain the top five most livable cities in the world, according to Economist magazine’s Global Livability Ranking Report for 2017. The report assessed stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure in 140 different cities. Canada is also ranked a top-10 study destination worldwide, in terms of hosting international students based on UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (UIS).
At the end of 2016, there were more than 414,000 active study permits in Canada.

How can an international student apply to become a permanent resident of Canada?

International students can apply for permanent residence under Canadian Experience Class (CEC) processed through the Express Entry Selection System, and the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).
For many international graduates who benefit from obtaining additional points due to their Canadian education, the Canadian Experience Class may offer the fastest and most simple path to achieving permanent residence.

CEC requirements

After completing a program or course of study at a Canadian educational institution, many international graduates are able to remain in the country on post-graduate work permits, which allow them to work anywhere in Canada, for any employer, for up to three years. If, during this time, a graduate:

• Has obtained at least one year of skilled, professional or technical work experience in Canada within 36 months of the application date; and
• Meets or surpasses a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of 5 (“initial intermediate”) or 7 (“adequate intermediate proficiency”), depending on the level of the job; and
• Plans to live and work outside of the province of Quebec (individuals with work experience in Quebec and who plan to reside in Quebec may apply to the Quebec Experience Class).

Then the applicant is eligible to enter the Express Entry pool. Applicants can remain in Canada throughout the application process. However, the Canadian Experience Class is also open to individuals who are no longer in Canada, provided that they submit their application within three years of leaving their job in Canada.

What kind of work experience is needed to apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class?

To apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class, your skilled work experience within three years of applying must be:

• Managerial jobs (NOC 0-skill type 0), or professional jobs (NOC A-skill level A) or technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC B-skill Level B) according to the 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC),
• at least one year of full-time (or an equal amount in part-time),
• have been with an employer in Canada with the proper legal authorization(self-employment does not count),
• not be gained while you were studying on a student permit.

What is the easiest way to obtain permanent residency in Canada for international students?

Canadian Experience Class isn’t the only option. International graduates can apply through Provincial Nominee Programs. Many provinces have dedicated PNP streams for students and graduates, particularly those who studied in the given province or territory, while other streams may assign points to these individuals.
According to a report published last year by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), Canada needs 182,000 new workers in the Information Technology (IT) sector by 2019. As a result, the number of candidates with IT work experience being invited to apply for permanent residence through enhanced Provincial Nominee Programs has increased over time.
If you have work experience related to your field of education or training, in a high-skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan, then the International Skilled Worker-Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nomination Program (SINP) might be the fastest and easiest way for you.
Through this program applicants do not require a job offer and there is a lower cut-off score for the language requirement.
Among other eligibility requirements, applicants must be highly-skilled in an in-demand occupation in the province. The current list includes 42 in-demand occupations across a range of industries, notably in engineering, trades, agriculture, health care, and IT. Twenty-three of these occupations require professional licensure from a designated organization before an application may be accepted.

Eligibility Requirements for SINP International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand

In order to be eligible under the Occupations In-Demand sub-category, applicants must:

  • Have proof of legal status, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Have a minimum language score of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4;
  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary education or training comparable to the Canadian education system;
    • The program of study must have resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate.
  • Have at least one-year of paid work experience in the past 10 years related to their field of education or training, in a highly-skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan (See in-demand occupations list, below);
  • Obtain proof of eligibility for Saskatchewan licensure if their profession is regulated in Saskatchewan and requires mandatory (compulsory) certification or licensing;
  • Have proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan; and
  • Score a minimum of 60 points out of 100 on the point assessment grid.

NOTE: This SINP sub-category has reopened to accept applications on three occasions so far in 2017. But the program was closed to applications upon publication of this article.

The table below represents the current list of in-demand occupations for the SINP International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category.

SINP In-Demand Occupations List
(Provided by the Government of Saskatchewan website)

Licensure not required

NOC Occupation
0124 Advertising, marketing and public relations managers
0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
1112 Financial and investment analysts
1122 Managers in Professional occupations in business management consulting
1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations
2211 Chemical technologists and technicians
2212 Geological and mineral technologists and technicians
2121 Biologists and related scientists
2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists
2231 Civil engineering technologists and technicians
2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics
2253 Drafting technologists and technicians
0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing
0821 Managers in agriculture
0911 Manufacturing managers
0912 Utilities managers

Licensure required

NOC Occupation SINP Requirements Related to Professional Status or Licensure
0211 Engineering managers Provide documentation from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) showing your Engineer-in-Training membership; or a letter from APEGS indicating that you have been assigned Confirmatory Exams.
2131 Civil engineers Provide documentation from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) showing your Engineer-in-Training membership; or a letter from APEGS indicating that you have been assigned Confirmatory Exams.
2132 Mechanical engineers Provide documentation from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) showing your Engineer-in-Training membership; or a letter from APEGS indicating that you have been assigned Confirmatory Exams.
2133 Electrical and electronics engineers Provide documentation from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) showing your Engineer-in-Training membership; or a letter from APEGS indicating that you have been assigned Confirmatory Exams.
2141 Industrial and manufacturing engineers Provide documentation from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) showing your Engineer-in-Training membership; or a letter from APEGS indicating that you have been assigned Confirmatory Exams.
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers) Provide documentation from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) showing your Engineer-in-Training membership; or a letter from APEGS indicating that you have been assigned Confirmatory Exams.
2151 Architects Provide your “Academic Certification” documentation from the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB).

 

Or

Documentation from the Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) showing your acceptance into the Broadly Experienced Foreign Architect (BEFA) program including an invitation to apply to the self-assessment phase (2nd step).

2154 Land surveyors Provide documentation from the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors (CBEPS) showing your “Candidate status” and eligibility to write the CBEPS candidate examinations.
2173 Software engineers and designers Provide documentation from the Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS) showing your:

 

  • Candidate Membership as an Associate Information Technology Professional (AITP); or,
  • Certified Membership as an Information Systems Professional (I.S.P); or,
  • Certified Membership as an Information Technology Certified Professional of Canada (ITCP).

For more information, visit the provincial regulator the Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS).

2175 Web designers and developer Provide documentation from the Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS) showing your:

 

  • Candidate Membership as an Associate Information Technology Professional (AITP); or,
  • Certified Membership as an Information Systems Professional (I.S.P); or,
  • Certified Membership as an Information Technology Certified Professional of Canada (ITCP).

For more information, visit the provincial regulator the Canadian Association of Information Technology Professionals (CIPS).

4151 Psychologists Provide documentation from the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists showing your eligibility for provisional licensure.
4212 Social and community service workers Provide your assessment of equivalency letter from the Canadian Association of Social Workers showing your foreign credential is equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor or Masters of Social Work.
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants Provide documentation from the Ministry of Education showing your eligibility for Early Childhood Educator Certification.
3211 Medical laboratory technologists Provide a copy of your valid licensure (temporary or provisional) from the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists.
3216 Medical sonographers Provide documentation from Sonography Canada showing your eligibility to challenge their qualifying examinations.

Or Provide your Examination Confirmation Letter (ECL) or proof of Sonography Certification from the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).Note: ARDMS examinations can be written in various testing centres worldwide through Pearson VUE.

6331 Meat cutters As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry requirements, Express Entry applicants will need to provide a certificate of qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires individuals to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).
7231 Machinists As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry requirements, Express Entry applicants will need to provide a certificate of qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires individuals to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).
7272 Cabinetmakers As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry requirements, Express Entry applicants will need to provide a certificate of qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires individuals to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).
7311 Industrial mechanics As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry requirements, Express Entry applicants will need to provide a certificate of qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires individuals to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).
7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry requirements, Express Entry applicants will need to provide a certificate of qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires individuals to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).
7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry requirements, Express Entry applicants will need to provide a certificate of qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires individuals to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).
7322 Motor vehicle body repairers As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry requirements, Express Entry applicants will need to provide a certificate of qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires individuals to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).
7237 Welders As per Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry requirements, Express Entry applicants will need to provide a certificate of qualification from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), which requires a trade qualifier assessment (step 1) and requires individuals to write exams in Saskatchewan (step 2).

 

 

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Aline Xuân Uyên
Aline xuân Uyên is an immigration specialist in Canadian immigration services with more than 12 years of experience in the field. She is a member of ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) ID# R416447. Contact her at Apex Migration Services 416-679-8898.