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International Graduate Stream

This is how to apply for permanent residence in Prince Edward Island/Canada if you are an international student with a job offer in the province of Prince Edward Island.

If you have graduated from a publicly-funded PEI post-secondary institution you can apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residency (in Canada) through the International Graduate stream of the Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP).

The International Graduate stream is employer-driven, allowing Island employers to fill positions that they are unable to fill through the local job market.

International students in Prince Edward Island can also use Atlantic Immigration Program to submit their application for permanent resident status in Canada.


To be eligible to apply for nomination in the PEI International Graduate stream you must:

  • have a post-secondary degree or diploma from a publicly-funded Prince Edward Island institution,
  • have a full-time, non-seasonal (i.e. permanent or minimum of two years) job offer from a PEI employer,
  • have a valid post-graduate work permit and legal status in Canada,
  • be able to attend an interview with staff from the Office, if required,
  • possess sufficient English and/or French language ability to perform the job offered,
  • be between the ages of 18 and 59,
  • have sufficient financial resources to pay all immigration costs (including travel expenses) for you and your family to be able to establish in PEI, and
  • demonstrate a genuine intention to settle in PEI.

You may not be eligible to apply if you

  • already have an active application registered with the PEI Office of Immigration,
  • have an immigration application in process in another province or territory in Canada,
  • have been refused for misrepresentation through any immigration program,
  • are living in Canada illegally,
  • have been refused admission to, or ordered to leave Canada or any other country or territory,
  • are working in Canada without authorization,
  • are living in Canada and are out of legal status and have not applied for restoration of status within 90 days of having lost your status,
  • are an unresolved or failed refugee or humanitarian and compassionate claimant living in Canada,
  • have not been lawfully admitted to your current country of residence,
  • are not lawfully residing in your current country of residence,
  • have been offered a seasonal, part-time or casual job in Prince Edward Island,
  • are in a sales position that is based solely on commission for compensation,
  • are an individual whose job will not be based in Prince Edward Island,
  • are an individual whose job will be permanently based from a home or “virtual” office,
  • base your application on a job offer where you are self-employed in Prince Edward Island,
  • base your application on a job offer where you are a shareholder in the business, or
  • base your application on a job offer where you are intending to start a business and/or become self-employed in Prince Edward Island.


The PEI employer is responsible for confirming the following criteria:

  • The company has been in active and continuous operation under current ownership/management in Prince Edward Island for a minimum of two years with identified labour gaps;
  • Provide documentation that the recruitment efforts for the intended profession have been unsuccessful within Canada and the position is critical to the operation of the company;
  • Employment is full‐time, non-seasonal with a contract for a permanent position or a minimum length of two years;
  • Employment in the intended occupation is consistent with the applicant’s ability to perform the job, based on the applicant’s education, training and/or experience;
  • Employment terms and conditions meet all applicable provincial and federal employment workplace standards and the comparable industry wage rate;
  • Employment of the applicant does not contravene existing bargaining unit agreements or employment disputes;
  • Employment is in Prince Edward Island;
  • Employment requiring provincial licensing or accreditation has been verified to ensure the applicant has the necessary credentials to be eligible to work in the occupation in Prince Edward Island;
  • A signed employment contract is provided, which includes the terms and conditions of the full‐time job offer;
  • Settlement support is provided to the applicant and the family to help them establish, if applicable; and
  • Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is provided, if applicable.

Note: Employers must be willing to register with the Federal Employer Portal and pay the Employer Compliance Fee of $230, if the foreign national requires a work permit or should the current work permit expire prior to permanent residency being granted.

Online application (Expression of interest), point system
Step 1 Create and complete profile (valid for 6 months)
Step 2: Invitation to Apply received
Step 3: Apply within 60 days
Step 4: Attend in-person interview (if requested)
Step 5: Receive nomination
Step 6: Apply for Permanent Residence (within three months)

APPLICATION PROCESSING TIME: Normally under six months (often 1-2 months).

$300 for processing of your provincial application. Federal government will charge a separate processing fees for PR application.

Phone: 902-620-3628
Fax: 902-368-5886

For complete and up to date information and detailed program requirements always check the official web page of the program.

Page last updated on March 17, 2022.