Five Quick Facts on Remembrance Day – Study in Canada

There are several reasons for International students and skilled workers to choose Canada as their next milestone. Not only the land of maple promises a high quality of life but also endless opportunities and academic excellence, in other words Canada offers international students the very best of both the worlds. Whether you choose to study in one of Canada’s large, vibrant cities or settle on a small campus in a warm, welcoming community, your experience will be one that will shape your life. It may lead to a career and a future in Canada, or better career prospects at home. At the very least, it will give you access to Canada’s multicultural diversity, clean environment and incredible quality of life.

That brings us to today’s blog post on Canada’s rich cultural heritage. One of the most significant reasons for International students to choose Canada over any other option is the country’s multicultural diversity. The culture of Canada embodies the artistic, literary, humour, musical, political and social elements that are representative of Canada and Canadians. Which makes it extremely important for new immigrants and students to learn about Canada’s culture when planning to move to this beautiful land. In today’s blog post we discuss the significance of one of the most important days in Canada’s calendar.

Remembrance day, also known as Poppy Day owing to the tradition of the remembrance poppy, is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Here are five quick facts on Remembrance Day and how this important day is celebrated across Canada:

  1. Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.—on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
  2. Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. We remember the more than 2,300,000 Canadians who have served throughout our nation’s history and the more than 118,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice.
  3. The poppy is the symbol of Remembrance Day. Replica poppies are sold by the Royal Canadian Legion to provide assistance to Veterans.
  4. Remembrance Day is a federal statutory holiday in Canada. It is also a statutory holiday in three territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and in six provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador).
  5. The national ceremony is held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. The Governor General of Canada presides over the ceremony. It is also attended by the Prime Minister, other government officials, representatives of Veterans’ organizations, diplomatic representatives, other dignitaries, Veterans as well as the general public.

Source: Veterans Affairs Canada

Is Alberta the New Hot Canadian Province for International Students?

Alberta has two new PNPs for international student graduates who want to start a business in the province

The higher education system in Alberta is globally recognized for outstanding universities, colleges, technical institutes and state-of-the-art research facilities. The University of Alberta alone is home to a friendly community of over 7,700 international students. In fact, University of Alberta’s Maple Leaf scholarships are specifically offered to international students in Canada and recognize outstanding academic achievement. Read more about University of Alberta here.

With Alberta’s new PNPs, international students have even more reason to choose this munificent Canadian province. The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has announced two new immigration pathways to encourage international graduates to open businesses in Alberta.

The International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream started on October 26. This new Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is for recent international student graduates from Alberta post-secondaries. The new immigration stream operates on an Expression of Interest system, which is now open to submissions. Candidates who submit an Expression of Interest will be assessed by the AINP and given points. The highest-ranking candidates will receive an invitation to submit a Business Application. Only candidates who receive the invitation, or Request, to apply will be able to access the AINP portal and start the process. However, receiving a Request is not a guarantee that applicants will get Canadian permanent residence.

Alberta will also launch the Foreign Graduate Start-up Visa Stream in January 2021. This stream is for international student graduates from top U.S. universities and colleges, who want to start a business and settle in Alberta communities. More details on this stream will be available later this year.

Eligibility criteria for the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream

International student graduates from all Alberta university and colleges must meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be considered for the International Graduate Entrepreneur Immigration Stream.

  • They must be immigrating to Alberta to establish a new business or buy an existing business, and have at least 34 per cent ownership of the company. The proposed business type must not be on Alberta’s list of ineligible businesses.
  • Candidates need at least six months of full-time work experience, which can be a combination of actively managing or owning the business, according to the AINP webpage. This could also include an equivalent amount of experience with a business incubator, business accelerator, or entrepreneurship program courses.

Eligible candidates also need a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of at least seven in all proficiencies in either English or French.

There are also a number of factors that increase candidates’ chances of receiving a Request. The business should have an economic benefit to Alberta through job creation, investment, and developed intellectual property among others. Candidates ages 21 to 49 years old also have an advantage. If the candidate or their spouse or common law partner have immediate family living full-time in Alberta, it will also increase their chances. Spouses or common-law partners may contribute to a candidate’s application if they have at least one year of full-time work experience in Alberta, or at least two years of full-time study at an Albertan post-secondary. If they don’t have Alberta experience, it will also help their application if they have a CLB of at least five in English or French in all language abilities.

Source: CIC News

Where International Students Can Study in Canada (For Now)

Select colleges and universities across Canada have officially been approved to begin welcoming international students again. While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought most international travel to a halt, Canadian learning institutions will be able to bring foreign students back to their campuses again as long as certain requirements are met.

Overseas students coming to study in Canada must also meet government regulated criteria.

While not all Canadian learning institutions are currently listed, more colleges and universities will be added to the list once their provincial or territorial government approves them.

How to Study in Canada Without Leaving Home

With international travel still difficult for much of the world in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada recently took steps to make it easier for students to begin studying at Canadian colleges and universities via the Internet while still in their home countries. They began by addressing overseas students with questions about how they could obtain a post-graduate work permit after completing their studies.

In regards to the change they made earlier in the year that made it able for students to apply for permits without all of the required paperwork, they reinforced that this is still the case but complete applications will be processed first.

They continued on to explain what is required to have an application pass both the Eligibility and Admissibility stages.

For future updates, be sure to follow the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on Twitter and the official Canada Campus Visits social media accounts as well.

Canada Remains Committed to International Students

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Sources: The Government of Canada, University World News, Academica Top Ten

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the Fall 2020 semester across Canadian colleges and universities, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been working so international students who were approved to come to the country can still begin their study abroad programs from home.

Travel restrictions were previously eased for students that had already secured study permits. Since then we have seen international students already in Canada be granted the ability to work up to 40 hours each week in order to help them earn more and bolster the numbers of individuals working in essential services.

For students still in the application stage of coming to Canada, IRCC recently announced that they will not turn away students who are unable to provide certain required documents. Recent graduates applying for their work permits are also receiving a similar benefit.

It is clear that the Canadian government values the role that overseas students play in both their economy and culturally diverse society. By working with higher education institutions to re-imagine the study abroad experience, they hope to encourage foreign students to pursue their dreams of seeing the world while furthering their education.

Canada Grants Travel Exemption to International Students

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In mid-March, the Canadian government announced a series of travel restrictions aimed to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus. These new rules, similar to those introduced in other countries, left international students in an uncertain position. Would students with study permits be able to enter Canada if they had been traveling or had not yet arrived in the country?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has recently clarified the situation:

“Exemptions to the air travel restrictions will apply to foreign nationals who have already committed to working, studying or making Canada their home, and travel by these individuals will be considered essential travel for land border restrictions.”

Students who had either already been granted or approved for a study permit prior to restrictions coming into place would be able to cross the border. Those entering Canada will have to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival as a precaution in order to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

Students Say Canada Among Most Popular Study Abroad Countries

Source: Times Higher Education

A new study asked overseas students about the top factors they looked at when selecting a university. For the majority of them, location and ranking were cited as most important. Canada impressed the international students on many fronts thanks to the job opportunities available after graduation, cost of living and welcoming nature of the people in the country.

Canada Beats US in Sustainable Campus Index

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Canada has found much success in major competitions as of late. Canadians have topped the 2019 US Open in tennis as well as the 2018-19 NBA basketball season. Now Canada has squeaked out another victory against American competition.

According to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Canadian university campuses were recently ranked above their counterparts in the United States when it comes to global sustainability. For the full report, please visit University to Business.

Canada Adds Pakistan to Its Expedited Student Visa Program

Source: ICEF | Image Credit: Telenor Pakistan

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recently added Pakistan to their Student Direct Stream (SDS) initiative. The program aims to streamline the visa application process for students from specific countries. Other SDS eligible nations are India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. The Government of Canada claims that through the SDS, student visas can be processed in less than three weeks.