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9 Countries with Permanent Residency Opportunities for Graduates in 2024

Dream Destinations: 9 Countries Granting Permanent Residency (PR) to International Students After Graduation.

Navigating the path to permanent residency (PR) can be a crucial step for international students seeking to stay and build their careers in their dream countries.

By exploring these nine PR-friendly destinations and following practical steps, students can transition smoothly from academic life to a stable and fulfilling career abroad, leveraging the opportunity to remain and achieve great things.

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Top PR-Friendly Countries for International Graduates

Canada

Canada’s well-established immigration system offers multiple PR pathways for international students:

  1. Canadian Experience Class (CEC): Points are awarded based on factors such as Canadian work experience, education, and language proficiency.
  2. Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program: A merit-based program for skilled workers with relevant work experience, education, and language proficiency in English or French.
  3. Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs): Target applicants connected to a province, including previous studies or work experience there.
  4. Quebec Experience Program (PEQ): For students and foreign workers in Quebec who meet specific criteria, including proof of study or work and French proficiency.
  5. Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW): For international students completing their education in Quebec, applying through the Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ).
  6. Post-Graduation Work Permit: Allows graduates from designated learning institutions to work in Canada with any employer, facilitating the transition to PR.

Australia

Australia’s SkillSelect Model allows skilled workers to apply for a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189):

New Zealand

New Zealand’s Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Visa uses a points-based system considering work experience, qualifications, and age:

  • International graduates can live and work in New Zealand.
  • Requires a job offer from an accredited employer and submission of an EOI. If accepted, applicants can be invited to apply.
  • Applicants must be under 55 years old, with a visa application cost of NZD $4290 (USD2,627).

Germany

Germany’s Job Seeker Visa for Graduates offers excellent opportunities due to its robust economy and demand for skilled workers.

You’re eligible for a Germany job seeker visa if you hold a Nigerian passport and you meet the following conditions: 

  • You have completed a training course or a study program in Germany. 
  • You have received a degree in Nigeria that is equivalent to one in Germany. 
  • You have a degree that is recognised in Germany. 
  • You have at least five years of professional or academic experience. 
  • You can prove that you have enough financial resources to cover expenses while in Germany. 
  • You have completed vocational training and can show proof of German language. 

Sweden

Sweden provides a Residence Permit for Work:

  • After working in Sweden for four years, international students can apply for PR.
  • Requires an employment contract, a valid passport, and meeting income thresholds based on Swedish standards.

Netherlands

The Knowledge Migrant Visa is designed for highly skilled workers in STEM fields:

  • Requires a job offer and a provisional residence permit (MVV) or residence permit.
  • Employers must be recognized by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) as sponsors.

Denmark

Denmark offers a Work-Based Residence Permit with various schemes:

  • Pay Limit Scheme: For high-income individuals earning DKK 448,000 annually.
  • Fast Track Scheme: For quick job starts with certified companies.
  • Shortage Occupations: For jobs in professions with a shortage of qualified professionals.

France

France’s Temporary Residence and Talent Visa offers pathways for recent graduates and highly skilled workers:

  • Passeport Talent: A multi-year residence permit for foreign employees and self-employed individuals contributing to France’s economic attractiveness.
  • Allows accompanying family members to work and stay for up to four years.

Singapore

Singapore’s Start-up Visa Programmes, including the Global Investor Programme and EntrePass, cater to entrepreneurs and investors:

  • Flexible to start and operate a business.
  • No foreign worker levy or quota required.
  • EntrePass is open to all nationalities and requires a private limited company registered with ACRA, with at least 30% ownership by the pass holder.

Key Tips for International Students

  • Gain Relevant Work Experience: Boost PR applications significantly by gaining work experience in the host country.
  • Networking: Attend industry events, join student organizations, and connect with professionals to find job opportunities and valuable references.
  • Stay Informed: Keep up with immigration policy changes.
  • Leverage Academic Records: Enhance profiles for job opportunities and PR applications through good academic performance and participation in research or projects.
  • Consider Regional Areas: Some countries offer additional PR points or easier pathways for living and working in less-populated areas.

By understanding these pathways and preparing accordingly, international students can increase their chances of securing permanent residency and achieving their career goals in their chosen countries.

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SOURCE: Nairametrics, ALLSCHOOL

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