Removing The Barriers For International Students To Work and Settle In Canada

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Heading into 2019, Canada continues to witness record breaking numbers of international students applying to its colleges and universities. Thanks to welcoming government policies and the reputation of Canadians being culturally diverse, fewer overseas students are choosing the United States and United Kingdom than in years past.

The Trudeau government recognizes foreign students as potential “immigrants of choice” because they are young and have Canadian academic experience. Canada also sees these students as a way to fill gaps in the labour market and will continue their attempts to attract international students because of this.

Canada King, Global Perceptions Unchanged

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A recently published research paper examined the various perceptions that international students had of major English-speaking study abroad destinations. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Canada maintained its place as the foreign country students cited as best in terms of visa requirements, affordability, safety and employment opportunities. The number of respondents who said that a lack of friends and family already in Canada would keep them from studying there was also reduced as the reputation of “The Great White North” continues to rise among students globally.

Foreign Students Transforming Canada’s Schools, Immigration

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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.

Where Are American Visa Rejects Heading?

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The popular American H-1B visa program has become increasingly unappealing to international students during the reign of the Trump administration. This is due to mounting restrictions and higher rejection rates witnessed by students in recent years.

America’s loss is proving to be Canada’s gain though. Overseas students see Canada as having an immigration policy that is more welcoming to newcomers. They are also aware that the paths to achieving a work permit or Canadian citizenship are easier to navigate than the systems employed by the US. These factors, in addition to the Canadian government announcing the Student Direct Stream to accelerate the application process for students, Canada continues to improve its reputation as an international education destination.

What To Know About Your Canadian Student Visa

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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 on 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.

Will Canada’s Streamlined Visa Process Benefit Asian Students?

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The government of Canada has improved the process of acquiring study permits for students in several countries in Asia. Changes are expected to make requests for visas and other documents faster to complete. Eligibility for the new ‘Student Direct Stream’ depends on students having the following:

  • A letter of acceptance from a designated learning institution
  • Proof one can pay for their entire first year of tuition
  • Proof of purchase of a Guaranteed Investment Certificate
  • Up-to-date medical records
  • Required scores on English/French proficiency tests or proof of graduation from a high school with a Canadian curriculum

As Canada continues to expand its reputation as a top study abroad destination, Canada Campus Visits welcomes all international students to our great nation. If you are considering studying overseas, we encourage you to book a tour with us to truly experience what Canadian colleges and universities have to offer.

Why Are International Students Flocking to Canada?

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In the last ten years, the number of international students who have chosen to study in Canada has almost tripled and ‘The Great White North’ now ranks among the top study abroad destinations in the world.

Canada is known globally for having a welcoming and open society along with its political stability. Tuition is competitive when compared to nations around the world and scholarships are available to international students as well. These factors, in addition to the ability for foreign students to work while completing their studies so they can gain international experience, further secure Canada’s spot as a top international education destination.

Thinking About Studying In Canada?

If you are an international student considering completing your studies in Canada, we can help you experience what life as a Canadian student is really like. At Canada Campus Visits, our tours of colleges and universities allow you to immerse yourself in Canadian campuses and feel what your next great adventure will be like. Meet Canadian students and faculty, explore cities that you might soon call home and get a taste of what your future will hold. Book a seat on one of our tours today!

Can I Work on a Canadian Student Visa?

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Studying abroad can be expensive and in Canada, this fact is no different. Between high tuition fees and the cost of maintaining a social life, costs begin to add up quickly. This is why so many international students seek out part-time, or even full-time employment during their studies. What are the rules of working in a foreign country as a student though?

Study International recently published an article outlining everything students need to know about this process. The answer can vary depending on whether or not you have a work permit, a Social Insurance Number or are a full-time student. The article is thorough and well worth the read if this is a question you might find yourself asking as you pursue your international education.