Permanent residence for foreign nationals in Canada, outside of Quebec

Eligibility requirements

  1. Have completed, prior to the date on which the application for permanent residence is received and no earlier than January 2017, a program of study at one of the following “Designated Learning Institutions” in Canada.
  2. Have been granted one of the following credentials, following the completion of a program study from an eligible institution as defined in a):
    • a degree (Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctorate) of at least 8 months in duration;
    • a degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation issued on completion of a program of any duration leading to occupation in a skilled trade
    • one or more diploma/certificate/attestation
  3. Have been authorized pursuant to the Act and Regulations to study throughout their education in Canada;
  4. Be employed in Canada with a valid permit or authorization to work
  5. Have attained a level of proficiency of at least benchmark 5 in either official language for each of the four language skill areas, as set out in the Canadian Language Benchmarks o
  6. Reside in Canada with valid temporary resident status (or be eligible to restore their status) and be physically present in Canada at the time the application for permanent residence is received and when the application is approved;
  7. Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
  8. Have submitted an application for permanent residence using the forms provided by the Department for this public policy
  9. Have submitted their application for permanent residence under this public policy using electronic means (apply online). Foreign nationals who, because of a disability are unable to meet the requirement to make an application, submit any document or provide a signature or information using electronic means may submit this application by any other means that is made available or specified by the Minister for that purpose;
  10. The foreign national is not inadmissible under the Act and Regulations

Intake Cap

A maximum of 40,000 applications will be accepted for processing.

Start and end dates

This public policy comes into effect on May 6, 2021 and will end on November 5, 2021 or once 40,000 applications have been received, whichever comes first.  As with all public policies, this public policy may be revoked by the Minister, without prior notice.

Applications received pursuant to this public policy on or after May 6, 2021, up until November 5, 2021, or the date of revocation, if applicable, will be processed under this temporary public policy, subject to the intake cap.  Any applications received after the intake cap of 40,000 has been reached, will not be processed.