New Permanent Residence Immigration Program For International PhD Students in Canada


If you’re considering studying in Canada and you are interested in immigrating to Canada permanently at a later date, you’ve just received a new incentive to do so.

Beginning November 5 of this year, international PhD students in Canada will be able to apply for permanent residence after 2 years of study.  Students must remain in good standing at their academic institution as well.

Graduates from PhD programs in Canada can also apply for permanent residence, so long as they apply within 12 months of graduation.

This new program reflects the value that doctoral students bring to Canada in terms of research, innovation and teaching.

I applaud the government for implementing this program.  Too often we’ve trained talented individuals to the PhD level, only to see them leave Canada because of frustrations with the immigration process and lucrative offers abroad.

Allowing international PhD students with only 2 years of study to apply for permanent residence is a fantastic move.  This will no doubt help ensure that these students will remain in Canada when they complete their studies, at which point their permanent residence application will have been approved.

In my view, the government should continue to reward those who study or work in Canada with a fast-track immigration process.  These individuals have already shown they can adapt to Canada.

They’ve shown they have a high potential to become economically established in Canada – which is really the ultimate test for all the economic categories of immigration.  They are all aimed at admitting people who have the best chance of becoming economically established and positively contributing to the Canadian economy and society at large.

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile