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New Pathway to Permanent Residency, a Welcome Boost for International Graduate Students

The GSS is excited to see the Federal Governements’ announcement of a new pathway to permanent residence for international graduates.

The policy opens a new opportunity for 90,000 essential workers and recent international graduates to achieve permanent residence. 40,000 places are allocated for international students who have completed a degree at a post-secondary institution in the last 4 years.


GSS VP External, Alireza Kamyabi comments: “Graduate students from across the world choose to study in Canada. Whilst they are here, they contribute hugely to the country’s economy, generating new knowledge in a host of fields.

We are pleased that this new announcement recognises the contributions that international students make, and the value of keeping such skilled workers in Canada.”

The new programs come into effect on May 6, 2021 and will remain open until November 5, 2021, or until they have reached their limit.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be accepting applications under the following 3 streams:

  • 20,000 applications for temporary workers in health care
  • 30,000 applications for temporary workers in other selected essential occupations
  • 40,000 applications for international students who graduated from a Canadian institution

Alireza Continues “ For all graduate students finding employment after graduation is a major source of worry and we hope this new pathway will help skilled graduates remain in Canada by allowing them a smooth transition to permanent resident status.”

More information about the announcement can be found here

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is run by and for the 10,000 graduate students at UBC Vancouver. We promote and protect our members’ academic, social and cultural interests.

Thea Koerner House, the home of the Society, has been the centre of graduate student life on campus since it was opened in 1962.

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