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I just got approved for the Working Holiday visa for Canada and unfortunately I can get a work permit that is only 6 months long as I have Italian citizenship (so unlucky, to think that it's the only country in the list to have less than 12 months...).

I would like to stay in Canada for longer and maybe settle there. Would there be a possibility to extend the work permit and eventually get permanent residency considering that I do not have a bachelor's degree?

  • You can find an employer who is ready to sponsor you and file an LMIA on your behalf. That's one of the many possible ways to get Permanent residency. – Dipen Shah Jul 12 '18 at 11:17
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One year and a half later I have the answer.

If your employer doesn't want to sponsor you with an LMIA, you still have other easier options to extend your stay, even without a bachelor's degree.

Tha catch is you need some money.

You can apply for a repeat participation of the Working Holiday with the help of a Recognized Organization - even if Canada does not normally allow that for your country of origin.

With a Recognized Organization, anybody from almost any country can apply for:

The requirements for the listed visas are the same as if you applied by yourself. The only difference is that you'll have to pay a fee to the Recognized Organization and that can range from $500 CAD to $3000 CAD or more (it increases a bit every year).

Other (more difficult) options where higher education is not required are:

There are also many other immigration programs specific to each province that can help you.

All of the above does not apply to Quebec.

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