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.
The top universities in the world have been ranked by QS and seven schools in Canada have successfully cracked the Top 200. These Canadian universities are: The University of Toronto (ranked 29), McGill University (tied for 35), the University of British Columbia (51), the University of Alberta (113), University of Montreal (137), McMaster University (tied for 140) and the University of Waterloo (tied for 173). Canada Campus Visits congratulates all the Canadian institutions on the list and hopes to visit you with your future international students in the coming year!
In the eastern Canadian province of New Brunswick, data indicates that international students had an positive impact worth $101.8M on the provincial GDP in 2016. This goes to show that colleges and universities have been crucial when it comes to attracting newcomers to the region. Officials have noted the contributions of overseas students to the area and aim to do more to welcome them to local educational institutions. This will not only allow study abroad students to gain their post-secondary education in Canada but lets the New Brunswick benefit in terms of cultural diversity and the economy.
Foreign students in Canada hoping to acquire international work experience after their studies received good news recently. Potential applicants now have twice the amount of time to apply for he country’s Post-Graduation Work Permit. The permit makes it possible for international students who have successfully completed a program of at least eight months to remain in Canada for another three years.
While students previously had 90 days to register for the permit, they now have up to six months from the time they get their final course marks. They also don’t need a currently valid study permit to apply. As long as their study permit was valid within the six month period, overseas students can even return to their home country before applying.
Experts believe that the Canadian international education industry is starting to get the global recognition it deserves. The government set a goal to host 450,000 overseas students by the year 2022 but surpassed this total in December 2017. The first seven months of 2018 also saw a 38% rise in the number of study permits issued to those looking to further their education in Canada. It truly seems as though there hasn’t been a better time to study at a Canadian college or university.
While the United States, Great Britain and Australia appear to be becoming less welcoming to international students, Canada continues to improve its reputation as a study abroad destination. Foreign students cite better paying job opportunities in Canada than in their home countries and the inclusive, multicultural society as reasons to study in Canada.
More than 500,000 international students will be studying in Canada this year. Tuition rates more affordable than competing countries and rules that allow foreign students to work while studying continue to attract overseas students to the country. With the number of international students around the world expected to surpass 10 million in the next decade, the Canadian government plans on changing their polices to bring in even more students from around the world.
With cannabis legalization coming to Canada in October 2018, universities and colleges aim to help students understand the effects of marijuana use as well as the rules for using it on campus.
Much like the different provinces across Canada, individual schools are expected to implement their own policies for cannabis use. Universities in the province of New Brunswick have stated that smoking or growing marijuana on campus or in residence will be prohibited. These institutions are also adjusting their respective policies to deal with anyone caught impaired while in an academic setting.
Results of the 2018 CBIE International Student Survey were recently released and indicate that international students who chose to study in Canada are increasingly pleased with their study abroad destination.
Approximately 93% of foreign students in Canada expressed satisfaction with the country while 96% of students would recommend the country to other international students. Students cited familiar reasons, such as the tolerant society, safe cities and high quality education, as to why Canada is a premier overseas education destination. The ability to work in Canada during and after completing their studies was also seen as important by 75% of students.
Studying abroad is a life changing adventure that has the potential to better you in both the short and long term. Unfortunately though, it requires much paperwork before any fun starts. Study International has outlined each of the steps you will need to take before coming to study in Canada.
The first step is deciding which Canadian colleges and universities to apply to. Canada Campus Visits can help with that. By joining us on one of our campus tours, you’ll be able to experience life at up to 10 institutions first-hand and make an informed decision when you’re ready to submit your application.
After applying to your choice of Canadian schools, you are likely to require the following in order to be granted a student visa:
- Your passport
- A letter of acceptance from a Canadian institution
- Evidence that you have the financial ability to live and study in Canada
- Proof that you will be willing to leave Canada upon completion of your studies
- Up-to-date medical and criminal records
- Evidence that you are prepared and willing to study in Canada
With your Canadian student visa, you will be eligible to work during the semester as a student on campus. In time you will also be able to apply for an off-campus work visa, post-graduation work visa and even permanent residence in Canada. Visa applications can require lots of time to be processed though so be sure to apply as soon as possible.
Source: Study International
Universities, colleges and Canadian law enforcement agencies are encouraging international students to stay alert in response to recent scams targeting those who are new in Canada. Criminals have been found wrongfully impersonating officials and threatening foreign students with deportation or arrest unless certain demands are met.
Authorities suggest that those who may be contacted in such a way get in touch with their local police station to determine whether or not the message is legitimate. On-campus international student offices can also provide assistance with these situations. Canadian institutions aim to maintain the safety and well-being of students and will do their best to support those involved.