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How to Stay in Canada after PGWP Expires?

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The applicants can apply for the Permanent Residency or Work Permit visa after the expiry of the PGWP. Here are the details how you can do that.

After your Post-Graduation Work Permit(PGWP) has expired, the applicants can take a number of routes depending on their personal situation to stay in Canada.

The PGWP is a one-time deal offered by the IRCC, and there are no extensions. It is as long as the study program. Thus, after one year of study, the appellant can get one year of PGWP which can be valid for a maximum of three years.

A PGWP will allow the applicant to work for any employer located anywhere in Canada. However, if you wish to apply for Canadian immigration,  then it is best to start looking for a skilled worker. The skilled workers can start choosing an occupation as per the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels 0, A, and B. There is a new immigration system that will come into effect from 2022, and the new classification system will have five digits instead of four.

The immigration system for people with occupation who have work experience in a skilled occupation then can start their permanent residency through -

  • Express Entry Program
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • Quebec Immigration
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot
  • Family sponsorship

Express Entry Program

Express Entry is a point-based immigration program and allows the immigration of skilled workers in three programs and some Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC, and Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

To immigrate, the applicants need to enter the pool of candidates, and then based on the scores, get selected by meeting the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

Those who meet the CRS score they can get the Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Provincial Nominee Program

Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) is the right of the provinces and territories to help immigrate skilled workers. The two broad categories of PNPs are Enhanced PNPs and base PNP. The enhanced PNPs allow the option to the province to pick candidates from the express entry pool. In the case of the base, PNPs applicants who have work experience can get selected through the “skilled” occupation category.

Quebec Immigration

Quebec Province has its own immigration system. The selected applicants can get Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). There is a high chance of selection in the province If you speak French. The best program to immigrate is Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Atlantic Immigration Pilot

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is a pathway for Atlantic Canada employers to select foreign talent. The provinces in the Atlantic region are Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, or Nova Scotia. The program has three streams: one for skilled workers, one for intermediate skilled workers, and one for graduates of the Atlantic region.

Family Sponsorship

You can get your spouse or common-law partner in Canada if you have a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

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