May 2

Steps for Indian students to apply for PGWP and PR

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A Primer for International Students to Apply for PGWP and PR in Canada post studies


Here's a step-by-step guidance for an Indian student who has completed their study in Canada & wishes to apply for PGWP and / or Permanent Residency (PR):

Step 1: Apply for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

 1. Eligibility Check: Ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the PGWP, including completion of a qualifying post-secondary program in Canada and a valid study permit. You can see more details here: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees- citizenship/services/study-canada/work/after-graduation/apply.html 

2. Apply for PGWP: Submit an online application for the PGWP through the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website within 180 days of receiving written confirmation of completion of your program. Tip: If you are an international student, it is very likely that some of your batchmates in your class would also be looking to apply for PGWP post their study completion. It would always be a good idea to discuss and plan out the PGWP application by also discussing with them and taking their inputs and advice too on any areas where you may have a doubt or concern regarding your post study PGWP application.

3. Document Checklist: Gather required documents, including a valid passport, study permit, letter of completion from your educational institution, and any other supporting documents as per the IRCC guidelines.

4. Biometrics: If required, schedule and attend a biometrics appointment at a designated location.

5. Application Fee: Pay the required application fee for the PGWP application.

 6. Wait for Decision: Wait for a decision on your PGWP application. Processing times may vary, but you can check the current processing times on the IRCC website.

7. Receive PGWP: Upon approval, you will receive your PGWP, which allows you to work full-time in Canada for a specified period.

Step 2: Gain Work Experience in Canada

1. Secure Employment: Look for employment opportunities related to your field of study in Canada. Your PGWP allows you to work full-time for the duration specified on the permit (up to a maximum of 3 years).

2. Gain Relevant Experience: Gain at least one year of full-time work experience in Canada. This experience will be valuable for your future Express Entry profile and PR application, especially in terms of boosting your CRS score on the basis of your Canadian completed education and also the 1 year work experience in Canada post completion of your study there - both of which award additional points in the express entry EOI submission process.

Tip: It may be a good idea to add French language skills to your profile while you are a student in Canada and also clear few levels of French proficiency exams, which can not only further help to boost your Express Entry CRS score but also can play an important role in your job search results.

Step 3: Explore PR Pathways

1. Express Entry Eligibility: Determine your eligibility for the Express Entry system, which is the primary pathway for skilled immigrants to apply for PR in Canada.

2. Calculate CRS Score: Use the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) tool to calculate your CRS score based on factors such as age, education, work experience, language proficiency, and other additional factors. https://ircc.canada.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/crs-tool.asp

3. Improve CRS Score: Take steps to improve your CRS score, such as improving English language proficiency, gaining additional work experience, obtaining provincial nomination, learning and passing French language exams, or securing a valid job offer in Canada.

Step 4: Submit Express Entry Profile

1. Create Express Entry Profile: Create an online profile in the Express Entry system and provide accurate information about your education, work experience, language proficiency, and other relevant details. This profile once created and submitted would have a validity of 12 months. Link: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees- citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/express-entry/submit-profile.html

2. Receive Invitation to Apply (ITA) / PNP Nomination: Wait for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR, which is issued to candidates with high CRS scores during regular draws conducted by IRCC. Just submission of an express entry profile does not guarantee an ITA or PNP nomination which please note. Your CRS score has to meet the draw’s cut off score and cut off date deadlines to be able to receive an ITA for the express entry profile or get a PNP nomination from any of the provinces in Canada. If you get a PNP Nomination and decide to accept it, a separate process may need to be followed for moving ahead with that, for which the necessary guidance would be shared with you by IRCC.

Step 5: Apply for PR

1. Complete PR Application: Once you receive an ITA, submit a complete PR application within the specified timeframe (usually 60 days). Provide all required documents and pay the application fee.

2. Medical Examination and Police Clearance: Undergo a medical examination by an approved panel physician and obtain police clearance certificates from all countries where you have lived for more than six months since the age of 18.

 3. Biometrics: If required, schedule and attend a biometrics appointment at a designated location.

4. Wait for Decision: Wait for a decision on your PR application. Processing times may vary, but you can check the current processing times on the IRCC website.

5. Receive Confirmation of PR Status: Upon approval, you will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) document and a Permanent Resident Visa (if applicable).

6. Travel to Canada (if you are not in Canada): Make arrangements to travel to Canada before the expiry date on your COPR document. Once you arrive in Canada, your PR status will be activated.

Additional Tips: -

Stay Informed: Regularly check the IRCC website for updates on immigration policies, procedures, and processing times.  

Seek Professional Assistance: Consider seeking assistance from a qualified immigration consultant or lawyer to ensure that your application is accurate, complete, and submitted correctly.

Maintain Legal Status: Ensure that you maintain legal status in Canada throughout the application process and comply with all immigration regulations and requirements.

Getting Ready for Your Immigration Interview in Canada

An interview with an official from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is required of a certain number of foreign nationals each year who are applying for permanent residency (PR).

As the last stage of the application procedure, these interviews are crucial in proving to the Canadian immigration authorities that the applicant meets the requirements for permanent resident status. What follows is information on when an interview may be necessary, what to expect during the interview, and how to succeed in the interview.

Can you tell me why IRCC interviews people?

Each IRCC officer has considerable discretion over whether or not to ask an applicant to an interview. A public record or citizenship application may necessitate such a request in order to confirm certain details.

Verification may be necessary for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to: employment history, personal details, language proficiency, immigration intentions to Canada, and even identification. Interviews are commonly used in family sponsorship applications to validate the relationship between the lead applicant and dependents or to confirm the sincerity of spousal, conjugal, or common-law relationships.

Furthermore, the evaluating IRCC officer may not be convinced that the information provided in the application satisfies eligibility requirements if the interview focuses on inadequate or missing details.

How can I make the most of my IRCC interview? What strategies have worked for others?

Following are some recommendations from CIC News' review of materials provided to IRCC officers regarding interview protocol:

Give your application careful consideration.

Candidates should check their applications and any other pertinent paperwork in the same way that the IRCC officer analyses the file before the interview. It could be helpful for newbies to practice questions and queries cantered on incomplete or missing information in their application, since this is one area that interviewers often focus on.

If newcomers' original applications lacked certain supporting documents, they are welcome to submit them now (but they should be ready to explain why they didn't at first).

Express yourself precisely

It is important for interviewees to communicate clearly. Their responses will be more easily understood if they talk slowly and clearly, avoid jargon, and use basic language. If an interviewee has a disability or needs assistance while being interviewed, officers are directed to provide reasonable accommodations. As a result, newbies should make sure everything goes smoothly by mentioning these requirements at the interview or beforehand.

Interviewees are encouraged to maintain composure and calmness during the entire interview. One way to project competence and professionalism is to maintain an assured posture and use relaxed body language.

Truthfulness is key.

While it may seem self-evident, interviewees should check that their answers match the details they gave on their application. Officers from the IRCC will keep an eye out for anything that could be misleading or overstated. Being accurate and consistent in your responses shows that you are reliable and honest.

Crucially, if you intentionally give IRCC false information, it can have devastating consequences for your immigration application. For example, you can lose your PR status, be charged with a crime by IRCC, and be ineligible for Canadian immigration for at least five years. If newcomers just give accurate facts, they will have a far better chance of succeeding.

Finally, immigrants should know that they might be held guilty of deception even if they don't realize it or make a genuine error while submitting their immigration paperwork. The significance of being cautious with the facts you provide in your immigration application is once again highlighted by this.

Talk calmly about your worries

Interviewees should respond to the interviewer's concerns or difficult questions in a diplomatic and helpful manner. They need to keep from getting defensive and instead concentrate on offering explanations or clarifications when asked.

It is important for newcomers to remember that their interview outcome is directly tied to the immigration officer's belief in their ability to verify that they truly match all eligibility standards. Therefore, it's best to handle any issues they could have with grace and composure.

Inquire and, if need, follow up

If an interviewee has any queries regarding the procedure or what comes next, they should ask. Newcomers should feel comfortable asking questions and receiving answers from IRCC officers during interviews; officers are trained to address any concerns or questions that interviewees may have.

In a similar vein, newcomers should comply with the interviewer's requests for supplementary information or paperwork or wait for further communication after the interview if necessary.

Who can I ask for a waiver for an interview?

Making ensuring all the necessary information and supporting documents are included in an immigration application when it is submitted is the best approach to obtain an interview waiver from IRCC. The likelihood of receiving an application waiver increases as the application becomes more comprehensive; nevertheless, this can differ by immigration class and stream.

By following these steps diligently and meeting the eligibility criteria, you can successfully apply for PGWP and Permanent Residency in Canada after completing your postgraduate studies in the country.

For more details, you can contact Ever Aspire Consulting. +918657454590 /+919321784649. www.everaspire.in


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