Prepared by Nithin Koshy; Shi Hui Yu; Edited by Samuel Francis Gills on April 5, 2021

With world-class educational system, friendly and welcoming culture, French and English learning opportunities, and affordable living costs, it’s no wonder that Canada ranks top in the world for international students. In reality, post-secondary education is where many new Canadians begin their journey to permanent residence and subsequently, citizenship. What starts as a search for adventure can turn into a romantic relationship with Canada.


Canada gains highly educated, productive members of society by supporting immigration schemes that support international students. These individuals, in time, make the country better by contributing to academia, working at best businesses, serving as doctors, scientists, and other professionals. There are several reasons why, only a year ago, Canada was ranked third in the world for accommodating the maximum number of international students, with over 642,000 enrolling in Canadian post-secondary institutions. A world-class system of universities and colleges, friendly atmosphere, tuition fee and living costs lower than in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, can be seen as the three key drivers, amongst many other, of these statistics.


Canada Is A Great Place to Study and Work


Studying in Canada has a lot of advantages. Graduates among international students can be eligible for work permits and immigration programs leading to them (sometimes with their family members) obtain permanent residence in the country.

Students can work up to 20 hours a week during the school year and full-time during scheduled breaks while studying full-time in Canada with a valid study permit. Graduates can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) after completing a post-secondary program. These permits, which are valid for at least eight months and up to three years, give students a lot of flexibility when it comes to working legally in Canada. PWGP holders have the option of working full-time or part-time. Students can choose to work for themselves or an employer. Most notably, they are excluded from the Labour Market Impact Assessment requirement. This exemption relieves the employer of the burden of proving that no Canadian citizen or permanent resident is available to fill the role.


Pathway to Permanent Residence


Being an international graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution can help you obtain permanent residence status in Canada. At least one immigration stream in each of Canada’s ten provinces is devoted to recruiting foreigners who have recently graduated from Canadian institutions for permanent residence. Sometimes, there can be multiple programs: Manitoba has three, and British Columbia has four. Many streams have a broad emphasis, while others are targeted for graduates with specialized training in natural or applied sciences. There are also opportunities for those who want to start their own company or business in Canada.


Some programs are adapted to specific educational levels, such as a Master’s degree or Ph.D. International students with Canadian job experience who want to immigrate via the Express Entry pathway can benefit from the CEC option. The Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class all use Express Entry, a points-based application management method for Canada’s three major federal permanent economic immigration programs. Candidates with professional job experience in Canada can earn extra points for their immigration application.


Why Do International Students Make Outstanding Immigration Candidates?


There are several reasons why international students’ nomination continues to be a top priority for the federal and provincial governments of Canada. International students who graduate from Canadian institutions possess many of Canada’s characteristics in economic immigrants. These attributes include Canadian study or work experience, a high standard of education, and relative youth. Studying in Canada often requires (and, improves) good English and/or French language skills, which is another requirement for obtaining permanent residence and succeeding in Canada.


International Students Will Continue to Be Welcomed


Hosting international students is a priority for Canada, and this year has been a great test case for finding creative ways to overcome bureaucratic hurdles. The federal government has asked post-secondary institutions to develop quarantine plans for international students who are expected to arrive soon. If the government approves the institution’s plan, it will be able to accept new international students. The federal government has also changed some of the rules for international students to accommodate those who cannot be physically present on campus due to circumstances beyond their control. Distance or online learning, for example, cannot usually be considered a study for the purposes of a study permit or PGWP. The government has relaxed this rule to avoid penalizing students who have been forced to leave campus due to COVID-19 and demonstrates that Canada still values them and hopes they can return once the situation has stabilized. Also, IRCC has softened the deadlines for PGWP applications and renewals. While conditions have changed, Canada remains committed to welcoming today’s learners and future Canadians.


Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn more about ways to finding a new job in Canada, making your initial days in Canada stress-free and confident, etc.  

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