Which province is best to get PR in Canada for international students?

For international students planning to study in Canada or about to graduate one of the options to consider after post study work permit is Canada PR. In this session we will discuss some of the best programs to opt for Canada PR for international students after completing their education.

Express Entry-Canada PR program for International students

Express entry is a point based immigration system which allows immigrants to settle in Canada and offers advantage of faster processing time. With express entry system one can settle anywhere in Canada. An applicant has to gain minimum 67 points for age, education qualification, work experience, language proficiency and adaptability to enter free of charge express entry profile. The express entry profile is valid for 12 months and from the pool of candidates best profiles make it through. Express entry profiles are selected through a comprehensive ranking system (CRS). Those with the highest CRS receive ITA or invitation to apply for Canada PR.

Under express entry international students in Canada can apply to Canadian Experience Class program for Canada PR. While the other two programs federal skilled worker and federal skilled trades are for immigrants outside Canada.

Canadian Experience Class

After completing education in Canada and gaining sufficient post study work permit an applicant with minimum 1 year or more work experience can apply for CEC program. Further, with this your Canadian education, age, language proficiency, job offer can ensure you gain sufficient points for success of your Canada PR application.

Other than this one can look at some of the best provinces to get PR in Canada through their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Best provinces to get PR in Canada for International students

Like express entry which is a federal government program in case a student has completed education from a particular province, has job offer from a province, low CRS in express entry or wishes to settle in the province there are few options one can consider for Canadian permanent residency.

Canada Provincial Nominee Program

Each province in Canada has a set of labor market requirements and requirement of skilled professionals for which Canada PNP program allows to select the best candidates who are eligible for Canada PR. PNP programs too are point based system and each province has a different requirement. However, compared to express entry at times PNP programs have easier program and CRS requirements. An application has to generally send across an expression of interest to the province showing the interest to settle in the province. Here are some the best provinces to consider for getting Canada PR:


Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers international students and immigrants few streams for Canada PR:

  1. Ontario International student stream
  2. Ontario International Master’s stream
  3. Ontario International PhD stream

British Columbia

BC’s popular international graduate category associated with express entry allows graduate applicants with job offer for Canada PR under:

  1. BC Express Entry: international graduate category
  2. BC Skills Immigration: international graduate category
  3. BC Express Entry: international post-graduate category
  4. BC Skills Immigration: international post-graduate category


International students can apply for Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) through the Alberta Opportunity stream provided they have completed their graduation from the province. In case your education is from elsewhere in Canada and provided you have a job offer from Alberta you could be eligible for AINP.


International students who have completed their graduation in STEM disciplines (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) do not required a job offer and can consider Manitoba for Canada PR via Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program –International education stream.


For Saskatchewan applicants who have studied in Saskatchewan or elsewhere in Canada can apply for Canada PR through the Saskatchewan Experience stream under Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

Other than these one can consider Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia or immigration to Quebec under Quebec Immigration program.

So, in a nutshell there are several provinces, express entry –Canadian experience class, Quebec immigration and best and easy PNP programs to consider as long as international students meet the requirement for Canada PR.

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