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Permanent Residency

While studying in Canada or after your studies, you may become interested in applying to become a Canadian Permanent Resident (also known as a Landed Immigrant). If you want to immigrate to Canada, there are a few different ways to apply. You will need to decide which immigration program will work best for you and your family.

The International Centre can only provide general information about Permanent Residence. If you are interested in applying for PR, there are a number of options and resources available to assist you.

Eligibility requirements and application process

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (new 2017)

For further questions, please contact the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration office by phone at 1 (902) 424.5230 or 1 (877) 292.9597 (toll free in Nova Scotia), or via email at immigration@novascotia.ca.


Attend a Permanent Residency Information Session

The International Centre invites various governmental and private organizations to deliver PR information sessions to international students each fall and winter term—watch your International Centre Newsletter for details. Guests include the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration-NSOI, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada-IRCC and regulated immigration Consultants.

Hire a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant/Representative

Immigration representatives give immigration advice and help to applicants, usually for a fee. Learn about using a representative.

You do not need to hire an immigration representative. It is up to you. Your application will not be given special attention or guaranteed approval if you use a representative.

All the forms and information that you need to apply are available for free on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada-IRCC website. If you follow the instructions in the application guide, you can complete the application forms and submit them on your own.



Meet with an International Student Advisor

  • Email international.centre@dal.ca. Please include your student number (B00) in the subject line and in the body of the email, include your name, your citizenship(s), Permit/Visa expiration dates (if applicable) and if you are currently in Canada (YES or NO).
  • Book an appointment via MyDal under "Find a service"
  • Or drop by one of our locations across campus.