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How Working Holiday Visa Holders Can Get Permanent Residency In Canada

The Permanent Residency Pathways You Can Follow After Your IEC Working Holiday Visa

Many of our clients approach us with the goal of obtaining Canadian Permanent Residency. Oftentimes, people don’t realize that there is a process involved in order to prepare for a permanent residency application. It's essential to plan ahead as a new visa or work permit must be applied for no later than 30 days before your current visa expires.

How to transition to pr from a working holiday visa?  

Transitioning from a working holiday visa to permanent residency depends on the following:

  • Your level of education.

  • Your language skills.

  • Your work experience.

Applying for PR through Express Entry

Upon assessing a client's case, we usually find that Express Entry is the best option for transitioning from IEC to permanent residency, however, it is a competitive program at the moment and you need to meet its high requirements.

Canadian Experience Class

The Express Entry system is a faster type of application than many other programs. The estimated processing time for this class is 6 months from the time your application is received. This means you could be granted PR status in less than a year from applying.

What can I do if my express entry scores are low?

Depending on your situation, we can look at one of either three options:

1. Transitioning you from an open work permit to a closed Young Professionals work permit.

The Young Professionals Program was designed for post-secondary graduates who wish to pursue a career in Canada. To participate in the Young Professionals Program, you must either have a contract or a job offer from a Canadian employer. The job must also be within your area of expertise and your field of study.

It’s important to note that the Young Professionals Program is employer-specific. This means you are only allowed to work for one employer during your time in Canada.

2. Employer sponsorship and the LMIA application process.

While exemptions do exist, an LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) is typically completed by a Canadian employer before they can officially hire a temporary foreign worker, and before that worker may complete a work permit application.

3. Provincial Nominee Programs that you might be eligible for.

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) allows Canadian provincial and territorial governments to nominate individuals who wish to immigrate to Canada and are interested in settling in a particular province.

This program settles individuals according to the needs of the province/territory in addition to the needs of the applicant. The government focuses on selecting nominees who are able to settle into life and work in the region in a manner that will positively contribute to the community.

work with us

Your options for transitioning from a Working Holiday Visa to Permanent Residency vary depending on your qualifications and country of origin. Calver Immigration Consulting Inc. takes care of assessing your eligibility and the different immigration programs available to you. We will guide you every step of the way in your journey to move to Canada permanently.


Our Services

Calver Immigration Consulting Inc. is rated Canada's number one boutique immigration consultancy. We serve clients across Canada and internationally. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in Canada and abroad.

We can assist with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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