Having post-secondary education in Canada would in general increase one’s chance to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker. For instance, 3 years of post-secondary study can gain an applicant 30 additional points in the Express Entry scoring system. Graduates would normally need to get a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), gain some skilled work experience, and then apply for immigration.
And there are Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) programs that target recent graduates of respective provinces. It provides an alternate immigration path that leads to permanent residency. Getting a qualified job offer may also be required for many of those PNP programs.
We do not see studying in Canada as an immigration program but for HK people, it could comfortably lead to permanent residency with Stream A - one of the Permanent residence pathways for Hong Kong residents.
Stream A is a pathway that allows Hong Kong residents who have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution in the last three years to apply for permanent residence in Canada. The deadline to apply for PR under the Stream A pathway is August 31, 2026. There are no age restrictions or requirements on work experience to apply through Stream A.
To be eligible for this stream, you will need to:
Study program requirements:
* A diploma or degree must have been completed in the 5 years before the start of the post-graduate diploma or certificate program
The program of study can be in any field, and at least 50% of the program must be completed while physically present in Canada (in person or online).
Applicants must also meet the minimum language ability requirements of CLB 5, which is equivalent to IELTS - General Training of 4 in Reading and 5 in all other categories.
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