Believe it or not, a report from Statistics Canada has spelled out encouraging trends on foreign student immigration to Canada.
The report revealed,
- International student enrolments in Canadian universities/colleges tripled from 101,000 to more than 318,000 in the last decade.
- Popularity among international students to take up courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) like computer and information sciences saw nearly 24.2% of more enrolments.
- More job opportunities have been noted for recent graduates due to the advancement of the digital economy in Canada.
- Business, management, and public administration programs experience a steady growth lead by international students during the last decade.
Time and again Canada has successfully retained a good number of foreign talents to support its economy as well as improve their life chances. The report observed that over 30% of international students who got Canadian bachelor’s degrees and almost 50% of international students who graduated with master’s degrees became permanent residents (PR) within 10 years since they got their study permit.
All these are statistics are only to suggest that the coming years in Canada are no less different. Despite the backlash in immigration targets caused due to the pandemic, Canada still remains open to fulfill its exuberate annual immigration targets.
Click on this link to explore how Canadian Universities are planning to welcome international students back to campus.
|“Not only does international student tuition revenue contribution to the viability of some courses and programs, but international students also increase the social and cultural diversity of campuses.”|
Limited-time PR Pathway For Recent Graduates From Canadian Universities
Canada recently announced two new permanent residence pathways exclusively for international student graduates. Canada is looking to accept 40,000 applications from those who have graduated from a Canadian designated learning institution (DLI) no earlier than January 2017.
Graduates of a trade/technical program who hold a degree, diploma, certificate, or attestation may also be eligible.
Priority will be given to those who are likely to have the skills required to accelerate Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery. It will remain open between May 6, 2021, and November 5, 2021.
Canada is also looking to increase the French-speaking population outside the Quebec region. And for this reason, it opened another PR pathway seeking only French-speaking international graduates. There is no cap for intake unlike the first one.
Make a quick call to our consultants and know more about your chances of qualifying.
Express Entry: Canada Experience Class Option
Express Entry is a federal database that manages profiles for immigration under three programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Stream, Federal Skills Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.
All the registered profiles are evaluated out of 1200 points based on a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). It considers factors like age, education, work experience, language proficiency in English or French, and in some cases candidates’ familial or work connected with any of the 11 Canadian provinces/territories.
Ever since its launch in 2015, Express Entry has remained the most preferred PR pathway for foreign skilled workers. Usually, International students/recent graduates with at least one year of work experience inside Canada may be eligible to apply for PR under CEC.
Gauging the current trends in 2021, the federal government through the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has held successfully nomination draws inviting CEC-only candidates or those already present in Canada to apply for PR.
Provincial Nominee Program for Recent Graduates
Canada Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) eases immigration to Canada by issuing provincial nominations to desirable foreign talents and with fewer requirements.
Moreover, PNPs support specific immigration streams that scout for recent graduates to easily immigrate to Canada and support their economy. Provincial programs from Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia have dedicated provincial streams to invite recent graduates to apply for provincial nominations. Further, such candidates can apply through Express Entry to receive permanent residency easily.
Applying for PR through Express Entry will effectively guarantee their nomination as 600 additional points are added to their profile.
Read more on why Canada is dependent on newcomers and international students for its economic recovery. Even the public confidence in Canada to welcome more immigrants to rebuild the economy and society is at an all-time high.
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