Various options for PhD Immigration to Canada in 2020

(Last Updated On: December 30, 2019)

As a part of its immigration drive, Canada is inviting a lot of skilled, educated graduate, post graduate and PhD candidates to apply and immigrate to Canada. PhD graduates certainly hold better score than other graduates holding masters or bachelors degree graduates. This blog post focuses on different ways a PhD holder can immigrate and get a permanent residency (PR) to Canada and become a permanent resident. In addition to regular Federal Express Entry system there are few PNP (Provincial Nomination Programs) for PhD graduates(like OINP PhD graduate stream, International Post Graduate stream of British Columbia(BC)) where every province based on its current business and economic demands, configures it’s immigrants intake policies as per its current needs. We will discuss both the options in detail in this blog post.

Every skilled worker is recommended to complete an Express Entry profile as a first step to permanently immigrate to Canada. But it does not guarantee that you will receive an ITA (Invitation to Apply) for PR (Permanent Residency) as ITA is based on your score in Express Entry pool which is evaluated by CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System).

  1. For Outland Candidates
    • Skilled worker immigration
    • Canadian experience class
  2. For Inland Candidates
    • OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) for PhD International Graduate Stream
    • BC PNP (BC Provincial Nominee Program) for International Post-Graduate category under Skills Immigration

1. Outland Candidates

1.1. Federal Skilled Worker Immigration

Federal Skilled worker immigration is one of 3 immigration programs under Express Entry.

Requirements

  • Minimum 1 year experience in a skilled occupation with NOC skill level 0, A or B.
  • Proven language proficiency in English or French with minimum CLB 7 score.
  • Educational Credential Equivalence (ECA) report stating Canadian equivalency of doctorate degree earned from foreign university.

Note: Additional 5 points are awarded for any previous study in Canada.

1.2. Canadian Experience Class

If you’ve worked in Canada for minimum 1 year in last 36 months and hold a PhD degree, you’re eligible for Canadian Experience Class under Express Entry.

Requirements

  • Dependening in level of your job, you need to achieve minimum of CLB 5 or CLB 7 of English language proficiency test.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in Canada.

If you’ve worked in Quebec then Quebec Experience Class is another immigrant program by Quebec which you need to apply to.


2. Inland Candidates

2.1. OINP – PhD International Graduate Stream

PhD Graduate Stream is one of two sub-categories under Human Capital Category of OINP (Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program) which gives international graduates holding Ontario PhD degree, opportunity to live and work in Ontario

Process

1. Apply through OINP e-Filing portal.

2. Ontario government will nominate you for PR.

3. Apply for PR through IRCC Express Entry portal.

Requirements:

  1. You must have legally lived in Ontario for at least one year in the past two years before you apply.
  2. PhD degree must be awarded by eligible university in Ontario.
  3. At least two years of your PhD studies must have been completed while legally living and studying in Ontario.

2.2. International Post-Graduate category of the BC PNP

Master’s or doctorate degree in:

1. biological and biomedical sciences

2. statistics / mathematics

3. engineering / engineering technology

4. computer and information sciences

5. physical sciences

6. health professions

7. natural resources conservation

Requirement:

  1. Within last 3 years, you must be awarded a PhD degree from eligible post secondary institute in BC.
  2. You have legal immigration status in Canada.

In addition to this, there are few other streams by difference provinces which directly or indirectly benefits PhD candidates. Hope this blog helps enlightening the immigration pathways for PhD candidate.

If you hold a PhD and want to immigrate to Canada, we at ImmigrateToCanada can help. Just click the call button at the bottom right of the page to discuss more or even if just to say hi .. 🙂

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  • HI,
    I am pursuing my PhD from India. Will it help me get any preference to get PR in Canada.
    1. Does Canada has any preference for college/ university outside country.
    2. Any specific stream preferred

    Neha 1 day ago Reply


  • Hi, I am 26 years old and have completed both my Bachelors degree and masters degree in Canada. I have been here for 9 years already. I am also currently in a PhD program in psychology at UBC. I have applied for a PGWP after my bachelors but unfortunately started my masters and didn’t accumulate the 1 year full time required work experience. I have had part time work experience that add up to more than 1 year full time while being a full time student (but none of them were co-op or internships and all of them were NOC 0, A, B). What are my best options to apply for PR? Thank you very much.

    Jane 1 week ago Reply


  • Rohit
    Hello,
    I am 41 years of age married with a family of three. I aspire to be a PhD graduate in Pathology and laboratory medicine preferably from university of British Columbia, Canada and also wish to have a PR status. How much possibility is there for me to achieve PR status especially considering my age? Also, i would like to know wheather i can study on scholarship.

    Thank you.

    Rohit Ghaisas 1 week ago Reply


    • I wonder if you already have the admit offer from the university to do a PhD there ?

      Jats 1 week ago Reply


  • Hello,
    May I know if I can apply for PR before finishing my PHD studies in Canada? If so what is the best way?
    Thank you

    Farn 1 week ago Reply


    • There are lot of other factors like your age, Language scores, Current highest level of studies, married/not married, work experience to say a few.

      PHD wont count untill its complete and it anyways wont give extra points unless you apply specifically to a PHD stream. HTH.

      Jats 1 week ago Reply


  • Hello.

    Thank you for this enlightening post.

    I am 32 years Postdoctoral researcher at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. I hold a PhD in Operational Research. I am single. What are my chances? What is the best route for me?

    Thank you.

    NOE CAREME FOUOTSA MANFOUO 2 weeks ago Reply


    • 32 years with PhD has a great chance in EE(Though PhD doesn’t give extra points in express entry)

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Hello.

    Thank you for this enlightening post.

    I am 32 years Postdoctoral researcher at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. I hold a PhD in Operational Research. I am single. What are my chances? What is the best route for me?

    Thank you.

    NOE CAREME FOUOTSA MANFOUO 2 weeks ago Reply


    • 32 years with PhD has a great chance in EE(Though PhD doesn’t give extra points in express entry)

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • hi. I am 34 years, PhD graduate in Veterinary Sciences and having 4 years of experience as assistant professor in a public sector university. what are the oppurtunities for me. kindly respond

    Dr Nabeel Ijaz 2 weeks ago Reply


    • Express entry is the best choice in this case.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • hi. I am 34 years, PhD graduate in Veterinary Sciences and having 4 years of experience as assistant professor in a public sector university. what are the oppurtunities for me. kindly respond

    Dr Nabeel Ijaz 2 weeks ago Reply


    • Express entry is the best choice in this case.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I am 34 years, PhD graduate in Zoology. My wife is also a last year PhD scholar, we have 2 kids. Are there any chances for us?

    Sajid Naeem 3 weeks ago Reply


    • 34 and PhD will give you a very high chance in Express entry.

      admin 3 weeks ago Reply


  • I am 34 years, PhD graduate in Zoology. My wife is also a last year PhD scholar, we have 2 kids. Are there any chances for us?

    Sajid Naeem 2 weeks ago Reply


    • 34 and PhD will give you a very high chance in Express entry.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I am in 3rd year of my phd in usa and will be done next year, can I add my current phd study for express entry if i apply before finishing the degree?

    Bazgha Umair 3 weeks ago Reply


    • You will need to complete the PhD before appearing in express entry

      admin 3 weeks ago Reply


  • I am in 3rd year of my phd in usa and will be done next year, can I add my current phd study for express entry if i apply before finishing the degree?

    Bazgha Umair 2 weeks ago Reply


    • You will need to complete the PhD before appearing in express entry

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Dear Admin,
    I am PhD holder in mechanical engineering and have 3 years of experience as assistant professor in engineering form India, would like to migrate to Canada. What are the job opportunities in research and academics there? Can I get job with my qualification and experience in there? What are the opportunities? Please reply.

    Joseph 1 month ago Reply


  • Dear Admin,
    I am PhD holder in mechanical engineering and have 3 years of experience as assistant professor in engineering form India, would like to migrate to Canada. What are the job opportunities in research and academics there? Can I get job with my qualification and experience in there? What are the opportunities? Please reply.

    Joseph 2 weeks ago Reply


  • is there any chance for PhD chemistry age 64 and research experience 35 year want Canada immigration pr

    Dr. Shahid kahn 1 month ago Reply


    • Nopes, unless someone sponsors you.

      admin 4 weeks ago Reply


  • is there any chance for PhD chemistry age 64 and research experience 35 year want Canada immigration pr

    Dr. Shahid kahn 2 weeks ago Reply


    • Nopes, unless someone sponsors you.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I m planning to do my PhD in chemistry next year in Canada. Will my PhD be considered there as work experience as i’ll be working for research projects and as TA under my supervisor. So that i can apply for my PR after 1 year, or there’s some other to get PR while studying there as early as possible.

    Khushboo 3 months ago Reply


  • I m planning to do my PhD in chemistry next year in Canada. Will my PhD be considered there as work experience as i’ll be working for research projects and as TA under my supervisor. So that i can apply for my PR after 1 year, or there’s some other to get PR while studying there as early as possible.

    Khushboo 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I am the Philosophy of the Culture administration management Thailand. And I am Chinese, may I immigrate to Canada?

    Hongjun Zhang 3 months ago Reply


  • I am the Philosophy of the Culture administration management Thailand. And I am Chinese, may I immigrate to Canada?

    Hongjun Zhang 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Hi,
    I’m a 4th year PhD student (PhD candidate) in agriculture (USA), and I also obtained my bachelor degree in the US. The question is I don’t have the graduate diploma yet, how do I do the education assessment to prove that I’m eligible for the application? Or how does the immigration officers verify my identity? I used WES to do the assessment but they only assess obtained diplomas. So I was wondering of how to prove my PhD status, now?

    Thank you!

    Stephanie 4 months ago Reply


  • Hi,
    I’m a 4th year PhD student (PhD candidate) in agriculture (USA), and I also obtained my bachelor degree in the US. The question is I don’t have the graduate diploma yet, how do I do the education assessment to prove that I’m eligible for the application? Or how does the immigration officers verify my identity? I used WES to do the assessment but they only assess obtained diplomas. So I was wondering of how to prove my PhD status, now?

    Thank you!

    Stephanie 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Hello
    I am pursuing my PhD from Agriculture University India in subject of Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with research topic in Nanobiotechnology. I expect to complete it in 2021. What are the chances of getting PR in Canada after that. I want to move as soon as possible and Do I need IELTS GT or IELTS academic test results?

    Sam 4 months ago Reply


    • You will need IELTS academic only if you intend to pursue studies in Canada. All other cases, you will need only IELTS general.

      admin 4 months ago Reply


  • Hello
    I am pursuing my PhD from Agriculture University India in subject of Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology with research topic in Nanobiotechnology. I expect to complete it in 2021. What are the chances of getting PR in Canada after that. I want to move as soon as possible and Do I need IELTS GT or IELTS academic test results?

    Sam 2 weeks ago Reply


    • You will need IELTS academic only if you intend to pursue studies in Canada. All other cases, you will need only IELTS general.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Hi,

    I am a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, from outside Canada. I also have relevant engineering job-experience outside Canada of 2-3 years. I have a prospective postdoctoral opportunity in Quebec, which I will be joining when international travel resumes. After working in Quebec for some time, however, I would like to get to apply for PR and settle in an English speaking province. Will my work-experience in Quebec be a hurdle ? Which province do you suggest for a prospective immigrant like me ?

    RAJIB SHARMA 4 months ago Reply


  • Hi,

    I am a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, from outside Canada. I also have relevant engineering job-experience outside Canada of 2-3 years. I have a prospective postdoctoral opportunity in Quebec, which I will be joining when international travel resumes. After working in Quebec for some time, however, I would like to get to apply for PR and settle in an English speaking province. Will my work-experience in Quebec be a hurdle ? Which province do you suggest for a prospective immigrant like me ?

    RAJIB SHARMA 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I have recently completed my PHd in data science from India.
    Would like to immigrate to Canada.
    Would like more information regarding that.

    Thanks
    Pratik

    Pratik Ghosh 5 months ago Reply


  • I have recently completed my PHd in data science from India.
    Would like to immigrate to Canada.
    Would like more information regarding that.

    Thanks
    Pratik

    Pratik Ghosh 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I have a Doctorate degree in Mathematics and a Senior lecturer in one of the Federal Universities in Nigeria. I have the following IELTS scores: Reading 5. 0, Reading 6.0, Listening 6.5 and Speaking 7. 0.
    With the information above, Will I be able to get PR via any route in Canada. Thanks

    John sola k 5 months ago Reply


  • I have a Doctorate degree in Mathematics and a Senior lecturer in one of the Federal Universities in Nigeria. I have the following IELTS scores: Reading 5. 0, Reading 6.0, Listening 6.5 and Speaking 7. 0.
    With the information above, Will I be able to get PR via any route in Canada. Thanks

    John sola k 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I hold a PhD in management with specialisation in HRM, How do I immigrate to Canada to work?

    Esmond Naalu Kuuyelleh 5 months ago Reply


  • I hold a PhD in management with specialisation in HRM, How do I immigrate to Canada to work?

    Esmond Naalu Kuuyelleh 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Hi dear Admin
    I have Ph.D. (Microbiology) from Aligarh Muslim University, India and I am working as assistant Professor in Saudi Arabia from last 6 year, For permanent resident (PR) by any rout, IELTS score required or not ?

    Farhan 5 months ago Reply


    • IELTS score is required in almost every route.

      admin 5 months ago Reply


  • Hi dear Admin
    I have Ph.D. (Microbiology) from Aligarh Muslim University, India and I am working as assistant Professor in Saudi Arabia from last 6 year, For permanent resident (PR) by any rout, IELTS score required or not ?

    Farhan 2 weeks ago Reply


    • IELTS score is required in almost every route.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I’m doing PhD in livestock extension and i’m from Pakistan. I have 1.6 years of research experience as research associate at University of Agriculture Faisalabad. Is there any chance to get PR in Canada if i apply.

    Salman Asghar 5 months ago Reply


    • Yes, many options are open(there is nothing specific to PhD yet but with your level of education, there could be a lot of other options).

      admin 5 months ago Reply


  • I’m doing PhD in livestock extension and i’m from Pakistan. I have 1.6 years of research experience as research associate at University of Agriculture Faisalabad. Is there any chance to get PR in Canada if i apply.

    Salman Asghar 2 weeks ago Reply


    • Yes, many options are open(there is nothing specific to PhD yet but with your level of education, there could be a lot of other options).

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Hi. I got a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences in the US. I have been working in US as a scientist for 5 years. I wonder if I can take the express route. Do I need to take IELTS?

    Jutamas 6 months ago Reply


    • Yes, you will need to take IELTS

      admin 5 months ago Reply


  • Hi. I got a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences in the US. I have been working in US as a scientist for 5 years. I wonder if I can take the express route. Do I need to take IELTS?

    Jutamas 2 weeks ago Reply


    • Yes, you will need to take IELTS

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Hello,

    I hold a MBA from a french university.

    What is my chance to get the visa for Ontario?

    Thks, Pierre

    Pierre 7 months ago Reply


    • your chances depand on many other factors as well.

      admin 7 months ago Reply


  • Hello,

    I hold a MBA from a french university.

    What is my chance to get the visa for Ontario?

    Thks, Pierre

    Pierre 2 weeks ago Reply


    • your chances depand on many other factors as well.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I’m doing PhD in Environmental Sciences and i’m from Pakistan. I have 3 years of teaching experience at school and college. Is there any chance to get PR in Canada if i apply.

    Mehwish Gul 8 months ago Reply


  • I’m doing PhD in Environmental Sciences and i’m from Pakistan. I have 3 years of teaching experience at school and college. Is there any chance to get PR in Canada if i apply.

    Mehwish Gul 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Hi,

    I’m Currently doing my PhD in mathematics and Statistics in USA. I’m planing to graduate in 2021. I’m seeking for opportunities to work in Canada. What is the best method to immigrate to Canada for me?

    Kosman Rajapaksha 9 months ago Reply


  • Hi,

    I’m Currently doing my PhD in mathematics and Statistics in USA. I’m planing to graduate in 2021. I’m seeking for opportunities to work in Canada. What is the best method to immigrate to Canada for me?

    Kosman Rajapaksha 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I have done PhD in Statistics from India. Have around 5 years of industry experience in Data Science / Data Analytics.
    What are chances of me securing a PR ?

    Rahul Sharma 9 months ago Reply


  • I have done PhD in Statistics from India. Have around 5 years of industry experience in Data Science / Data Analytics.
    What are chances of me securing a PR ?

    Rahul Sharma 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Dear Admin
    I hold a PhD in Medicine from Japan, and cannot go back to Yemen my home country
    what are the chances that I can get a Permanent residency there. ?
    and how long the process will take?
    thank you in advance

    Mohammed 10 months ago Reply


    • Timeline varies from stream to stream. e.g EE takes atmost 6 months, depends upon which stream you apply in.

      admin 10 months ago Reply


  • Dear Admin
    I hold a PhD in Medicine from Japan, and cannot go back to Yemen my home country
    what are the chances that I can get a Permanent residency there. ?
    and how long the process will take?
    thank you in advance

    Mohammed 2 weeks ago Reply


    • Timeline varies from stream to stream. e.g EE takes atmost 6 months, depends upon which stream you apply in.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I am holding ph.d in electronic commerce and cyber crimes, master in electronic commerce and cyber laws and multiple professional qualification as chartered secretary from india and UK, accepted in Canada division, will I be able to get pr in PhD category

    Dr Aqueel Ahmed Mulla 10 months ago Reply


    • I am not sure which category you are talking about, there is no PhD specific category open as of yet.

      admin 10 months ago Reply


  • Hello
    i m veterinarian and PhD currently i m living in south korea i have plan to shift to cananda how much chances i have and do i need GRE general ??

    Waseem Khan 10 months ago Reply


    • You dont need GRE, you will need IELTS to apply to streams such as EE.

      admin 10 months ago Reply


  • I am holding ph.d in electronic commerce and cyber crimes, master in electronic commerce and cyber laws and multiple professional qualification as chartered secretary from india and UK, accepted in Canada division, will I be able to get pr in PhD category

    Dr Aqueel Ahmed Mulla 2 weeks ago Reply


    • I am not sure which category you are talking about, there is no PhD specific category open as of yet.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Hello
    i m veterinarian and PhD currently i m living in south korea i have plan to shift to cananda how much chances i have and do i need GRE general ??

    Waseem Khan 2 weeks ago Reply


    • You dont need GRE, you will need IELTS to apply to streams such as EE.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I have done my PHD in political science (India). Is there any option for me to get PR in Canada. My ielts overall score in 7.

    Yogesh 10 months ago Reply


    • There is no stream open at the moment which gives advantage for a PhD, you have to go through the normal express entry route.

      admin 10 months ago Reply


  • I have done my PHD in political science (India). Is there any option for me to get PR in Canada. My ielts overall score in 7.

    Yogesh 2 weeks ago Reply


    • There is no stream open at the moment which gives advantage for a PhD, you have to go through the normal express entry route.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Hello, I hold a PhD in chemistry, Morocco. Unfortunately, I don’t have work experience, and i want to apply for a postdoctoral or work position in Canada.
    Please tell me how can I get a job, and for which immigration program I should apply.
    Thanks.

    Ayman 10 months ago Reply


  • Hello, I hold a PhD in chemistry, Morocco. Unfortunately, I don’t have work experience, and i want to apply for a postdoctoral or work position in Canada.
    Please tell me how can I get a job, and for which immigration program I should apply.
    Thanks.

    Ayman 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Hi, I have PhD from France and a Master from McGill Canada, both over 10 years ago. Does my education degree wave the language test requirements under Federal -skilled workers?
    Thanks

    Majed 11 months ago Reply


  • Hi, I have PhD from France and a Master from McGill Canada, both over 10 years ago. Does my education degree wave the language test requirements under Federal -skilled workers?
    Thanks

    Majed 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Hi,

    I am intent to pursue PhD studies in one of Ontario universities, does this help to get PR while studying their?

    Thanks

    Abdelmalek Messisha 11 months ago Reply


    • It definitely does. Some part of the work hours that you do, can count towards your Canadian experience.

      admin 11 months ago Reply


      • And if a PhD stream opens for Ontario province, you hit a bonanza !

        admin 11 months ago Reply


  • Hi,

    I am intent to pursue PhD studies in one of Ontario universities, does this help to get PR while studying their?

    Thanks

    Abdelmalek Messisha 2 weeks ago Reply


    • It definitely does. Some part of the work hours that you do, can count towards your Canadian experience.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


      • And if a PhD stream opens for Ontario province, you hit a bonanza !

        admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I am a Phd holder on Sociology (Social Science), I did my Phd in France can I get the PR in Canada,? what is the salary range for PhD holders

    Selvarajah Kantharuban 11 months ago Reply


    • There might not be any salary difference on the basis of PhD unless its an extremely niche job requiring a PhD, salary ranges depend more on job profile and experience. HTH.

      admin 11 months ago Reply


  • I am a Phd holder on Sociology (Social Science), I did my Phd in France can I get the PR in Canada,? what is the salary range for PhD holders

    Selvarajah Kantharuban 2 weeks ago Reply


    • There might not be any salary difference on the basis of PhD unless its an extremely niche job requiring a PhD, salary ranges depend more on job profile and experience. HTH.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I am a phd holder
    MAY 1980 BORN
    3 YRS OF WORK EXPERIENCE

    RIZUWANA PARWEEN 12 months ago Reply


  • I am a phd holder
    MAY 1980 BORN
    3 YRS OF WORK EXPERIENCE

    RIZUWANA PARWEEN 2 weeks ago Reply


  • Olubods, You should hop on and apply to Express entry. given that you have the right age and education with IELTS, you should be to secure a PR

    admin 12 months ago Reply


  • Olubods, You should hop on and apply to Express entry. given that you have the right age and education with IELTS, you should be to secure a PR

    admin 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I wish to immigrate to Canada so do reply with information that might help. I hold a PhD in Computational Chemical Engineering and currently work as a Software developer in Cape Town, South Africa. I spent 4 months in Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario as a visiting researcher in 2012 and wish to live and work there going forward. What re my chances of gaining a PR, what is cost to me. Thanks

    Olubods 12 months ago Reply


  • I wish to immigrate to Canada so do reply with information that might help. I hold a PhD in Computational Chemical Engineering and currently work as a Software developer in Cape Town, South Africa. I spent 4 months in Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario as a visiting researcher in 2012 and wish to live and work there going forward. What re my chances of gaining a PR, what is cost to me. Thanks

    Olubods 2 weeks ago Reply


  • I have a PhD degree in physics and looking for pr.

    Prashant 12 months ago Reply


    • Hi prashant,

      As of today there are no specific streams open for PhD. You can however try your luck with express entry federal skilled worker stream based on your experience and education.

      admin 12 months ago Reply


  • I have a PhD degree in physics and looking for pr.

    Prashant 2 weeks ago Reply


    • Hi prashant,

      As of today there are no specific streams open for PhD. You can however try your luck with express entry federal skilled worker stream based on your experience and education.

      admin 2 weeks ago Reply


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