Canadian Graduate Program



Canadian Graduate Programs

Canada offers international students that study in Canada the ability to work full time while not studying and part time while studying which this time can be counted towards permanent resident applications (subject to meeting criteria). Once graduated applicants can obtain a post graduate open work permit that varies for duration based on the length of studies. For example, if a course is under 2 years a one year permit can be obtained, if a course is 3 years or longer a 3 year open work permit can be obtained.

With the open post graduate work permit, graduates can use the time on their permit to work and gain Canadian Experience which the totals hours worked can be applied to potentially apply for permanent residence.

There are ways for students to be eligible to apply after 6 months of working and applying through provincial nominee programs while meeting the criteria of that province.

After 12 months of full time continuous experience with the same employer graduates can potentially apply directly through Express Entry through the Canadian Experience Category.

To apply through the Canadian Experience Class for Permanent Residence through Express Entry please go here for more information.

Some provinces have PNP programs for Graduates to apply under including Saskatchewan.

SINP Student Sub Category

Saskatchewan Graduates Criteria to be met:

  1. You have graduated with a certificate, diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Saskatchewan.  The program must have been equivalent to at least one academic year (eight months) of full-time study.
  2. You must have worked for at least six months (with minimum 960 hours) of paid employment in Saskatchewan.
    *Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include on- campus, off-campus, co-op terms, graduate fellowships that can be verified by your institution, and work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit.
  3. You have applied for and received a valid post-graduation work permit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
  4. You have a current, permanent, full-time job offer in your field of study from a Saskatchewan employer in an occupation in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B”, “0”; or in a designated trade (Please note: Food and Beverage Servers/Persons must apply under the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project sub-category); or a job offer that is related to your field of study and requires post-secondary education.
  5. You have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter. (wage required can be in between high and low industry average)

Out of Province Graduates Criteria to apply:

  1. You have graduated with a certificate, diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada (outside of Saskatchewan). The program must have been equivalent to at least two academic years (16 months) of full-time study.
  2. You have worked for at least 24 consecutive months of paid employment (with a minimum of 3840 hours) in Saskatchewan after graduation and after receiving a valid post-graduation work permit.
    *Eligible types of work experience in Saskatchewan include work experience gained on a post-graduate work permit.
  3. You have applied for and received a valid post-graduation work permit from CIC.
  4. You have a current, permanent, full-time job offer in your field of study from a Saskatchewan employer in an occupation in the National Occupation Classification (NOC) Matrix level “A”, “B”, “0”; or in a designated trade (Please note: Food and Beverage Servers/Persons must apply under the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project sub-category); or a job offer that is related to your field of study and requires post-secondary education.
  5. You have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.

It is important to mention that the Canadian Experience Category may be a faster  for out of province Graduates working in Saskatchewan as option to apply under as it only requires 12 months of experience.

To obtain the additional 600 points under the Express Entry system to add to your existing total you may want to consider SINP Express Entry or have your employer apply for a fast tracked PR LMIA which has no fee to Service Canada.

Note: Criteria obtained through the Government of Saskatchewan website

Please be aware that www.sinp.com is a private website owned and operated by Dirk Propp, RCIC – ICCRC #R417407 and is used as a private immigration application center for applications prepared for clients to apply as per retainer agreements signed with the immigration consultant.

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