International Students

International graduate students bring valuable perspectives, insights and experiences to the university. If you are a current international student, this section will provide tips and resources to help you make the most of your grad experience.

If you are a new student, visit our Virtual Orientation page to help you find your way through getting settled in Metro Vancouver and getting established in the Canadian university system.

We are committed to helping you throughout your graduate program. If you have a question that's not answered below, please email

You may be eligible to work in Canada for up to three years after completing your SFU degree: apply for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. SFU’s Career Services can help you with career exploration, decision-making and work search. The MITACS Step program is also a great resource.

You must have a valid study permit and make an application for the post-graduation work permit within 90 days of completing your degree (e.g. submitting your thesis to the libray, not the date of convocation). A job offer is not required.

Review the "Post-Graduation Work Permit" handout on the International Services for Students website and meet with an International Student Advisor at least one term before you graduate to discuss your options. An official letter confirming that you have completed the requirements for your degree will be required (download a request form).

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has a number of Permanent Resident (PR) programs for international graduates who wish to remain in Canada permanently. These programs include:

In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence under certain economic immigration programs (including the Federal Skilled Worker Program and the Canadian Experience Class). Provinces and Territories will also be able to use the Express Entry system to select a portion of candidates for their Provincial Nominee Programs. (e.g. BC PNP).

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