Studying abroad in Canada is becoming more lucrative with the latest announcement from Immigration Minister Sean Fraser. Canada is now extending off-campus work authorization for international students to work more than 20 hours per week while class is in session.
However, this is a temporary measure from November 15, 2022, till December 31, 2022, to meet labor demands augment the labor shortage in Canada.
Minister clarified that the new temporary measure will apply to international students who are in Canada as well as foreign nationals who have already submitted a study permit application as of October 7, 2022.
The new measure comes at a time when Canada is facing severe labor shortages in major industries and allows employers to utilize the skills of international students to meet labor demand temporarily until more immigration of skilled workers is facilitated.
Canada has already processed 452,000 study permits this year
Minister also noted that Canada has already processed more than 452,000 study permit applications between January and August of 2022 and will most likely end up creating a historic record for the highest annual intake of international students.
This is a 23 percent increase compared to the 367,000 processed over the same period in 2021. Additionally, IRCC reported a 56% increase in study permit applications since the pandemic
Further, There are over 500,000 international students currently studying across Canadian institutions. Demand to study destination in Canada remains strong due to various factors, such as the quality of the country’s educational institutions, multiculturalism, affordability of the Canadian dollar, and the work and permanent residence opportunities that the country offers.
|Increasingly, aspirants from countries with large middle-class populations are choosing Canada as their preferred choice for overseas education for the following reasons:
Statistics Canada reveals three out of every 10 international students transition to Canada permanent residency within just 10 years of first receiving their Canada student visa.
This explains why Minister recently tabled a strategy to expand permanent residency pathways for international students. Read more.
Applying for a Study Permit in Canada with CanApprove
Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program is one of the most popular immigration options for international students. It allows them to gain work experience and have a better chance at qualifying for permanent residency, especially through the Canadian Experience Class under Express Entry.
The Provincial Nominee Program is another significant immigration program for international students. There are dedicated provincial immigration streams from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia, and Ontario that nominate international student graduates to apply for provincial nominations.
If you are in the Express Entry pool already, you may be invited to apply for a provincial nomination. Then if you get the nomination, it will mean you get 600 points added to your score and you will be able to apply for immigration as a PNP candidate!
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