The international student portal of the University of British Columbia has very clear explanations, step-by-step instructions and videos about everything to do with permits, passports, visas and working as an international student or recent graduate. The site is free and open to the public.
- The immigration section focuses on study permits, temporary resident visas, passport issues and accompanying family members.
- The work section focuses on working on campus, off campus and after graduation.
The website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada can be confusing. Here are key pages to help you get a study permit for Canada, stay in legal status while you are here and transition to working or permanent residence after you graduate.
Some immigration matters require the advice of skilled immigration professionals. If you hire a lawyer or an accredited consultant, be sure that they have an active immigration practice that deals with issues commonly faced by international students.
You can search for a lawyer by specialty, language of service or location in this directory published by the Canadian Bar Association.
You can search for a regulated Canadian immigration consultant in this directory published by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
It is illegal for anyone to offer immigration for a fee in Canada unless they are either a licensed lawyer, a paralegal or a consultant accredited by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. Do not take immigration advice from anyone who is not a licensed lawyer or accredited immigration consultant.
Paths to Permanent Residence
The federal government makes the final decision about who can immigrate to Canada, but there are many provincial programs that lead to permanent residence. Each area of Canada has its own needs, so it has programs to attract different kinds of immigrants. There are more than 70 different immigration programs that can lead to permanent residence in Canada. Every program has different eligibility criteria. It is worth exploring which program is right for you.
There is no official government website that lists all of the immigration programs in Canada, however a Montreal law firm runs CanadaVisa.com which publishes and updates a comprehensive list of provincial immigration programs. The site is run by a Montreal law firm.
Each province and territory has its own immigration office. To explore the immigration options offered by each province, click the links below:
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island