Are you an international student in Canada and taking an accredited Personal Support Worker program?
Are you planning to immigrate to Canada and want to find how you can do it by becoming a Personal Support Worker?
Choosing to become a Personal Support Worker (PSW) is one of the many several pathways for Canada immigration.
If you are an international PSW student, you can become a permanent resident by following certain rules.
International PSW Students Work Permit
If you are an international student, and you have completed your studies at a recognized, designated learning institution, you must apply for and be granted a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) to work in Canada.
If you had been working the minimum 20 hours allowed per week while you were still a full-time student, then at the end of your final semester, you can start to work full time, provided your study permit is still in force.
If you apply for your PGWP while your study permit is still valid, then you can continue to work seamlessly.
Full-time is regarded as 30 hours and more per week.
PSW Express Entry for Canada Immigration
From the time school ends for you, you can start looking for a PSW job which is classified under the National Occupation Classification Matrix as a skill level ‘B’ NOC code 4412.
The earlier you find such a job, the better for you if your objective is to eventually apply for permanent residence and make Canada your home.
Your route to immigration success is through the Express Entry management system.
The express entry program uses an algorithm for awarding points to the candidate, based on a series of human capital factors, including their Canadian education and Canadian work experience.
The higher your post-secondary level of studies, and the more years of experience in your field, the greater your points.
Eligibility criteria for the Canadian Experience Class stream of Express Entry is unambiguous.
The minimum experience you must have completed under your NOC code 4412 is 1560 hours within 12 months.
You may also have 1560 hours over a period of 24 months, working as a 15 hours per week part-time employee.
You can work at one or more workplaces, providing it is the same type of work as described under your specific occupation code.
Strategy is the Key
Because PSW programs are about a year or two semesters long, most international students will qualify for only a one-year open work permit.
It means that unless students strategically place themselves into the workforce, they will not have enough time to gain enough experience to be eligible to apply for permanent residence.