Ontario PNP Program allows Permanent Residence for international students with a job offer

Ontario’s provincial nominee program (PNP), Opportunities Ontario, is giving international students who have a job offer with an Ontario employer to opportunity to secure permanent residency in Canada.

This is a new stream unrelated to the Masters Graduate Stream and the PhD Graduate Stream. The International Student with a Job Offer Stream includes students who are: International Student Job Offer Stream

  • About to graduate from one-year post-grad degree or certificate programs
  • About to graduate from two-year undergrad diploma or degree programs.

For an international student to be eligible for permanent residency under this immigration stream, they can apply anywhere between completing their final semester or within 24 months after graduating. The college or university where the student is currently studying does not have to be in Ontario, but it must be an eligible, publicly-funded Canadian university or college.

To qualify for Ontario PNP as International Students with a Job Offer Stream:

Half of your studies must have been completed in Canada, with you graduating from an eligible publicly funded Canadian university or college. The list of colleges and universities is available here.

You myst have completed at least a two-year degree program or diploma on a full-time basis, or a one-year post-grad degree or certificate programs that already require a previous diploma or degree.

The job offer must be either professional, managerial or in a skilled trade, which is NOC type 0, skill levels A or B. Your field of study does not have to be related to your job offer.

The job offer must be full time and permanent, meaning it cannot be seasonal or sub-contracting work.

You must have legal status in Canada if you are presently in Canada.

If you’d like to learn more or are interested in applying for the International Student with a Job Offer Stream, contact us using the form on the right or email us at [email protected]

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

2 thoughts on “Ontario PNP Program allows Permanent Residence for international students with a job offer


    Dear Sir/Ma’am,

    I’m an international student studying one year Ontario graduate certificate in Hospitality & Tourism Management at Niagara College Canada. I will finish this course in April 2016.

    I have to enroll myself into another post graduate course go be eligible for 3 year work permit.

    Therefore, I request you to suggest me a better province for the next course where the PR rules are easy for international students.

    I thank you for your attention into this matter and look forward for a positive reply.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Sharad Yadav

    1. Vahe Mirzoyan

      Thank you for writing to us Sharad. The province of Nova Scotia has recently introduced some new policies to make it easier for international students to achieve permanent residency. I recommend that you make an appointment to talk with one of our immigration professionals who will be able to set a strategy that will eventually bring you to permanent residency status. You can make the appointment by calling us at 1-855-886-8472 or by booking it online at
      Regards, Vahe


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