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International Students and Immigration to Canada

International Students’ Immigration Process:

Currently, there are over 5.6 million international students across the world. These students choose to travel for their education for a number of reasons: some want better education, others want to explore career opportunities, while others still want to experience the variety of the world.

Among the many destinations, Canada stands out for its openness and receptiveness. Since education is, for many, a way of soft immigration with the inherent benefits of increased integration, the chance to make friends and to learn about the country, it is no surprise that Canada is a beautiful place to study. Many Canadian immigration options exist for students who will be studying in Canada for at least two years. So how can you join the half a million international students in Canada already reaping the benefits?

Firstly, you need to find a suitable study programme and ensure that it is in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). After admission, only a letter of acceptance from a DLI can grant you the all-important study permit. The appropriate territorial governments approve DLIs, and since the list is always changing, it is worth keeping an eye on it.

Secondly, international students can enter the Canadian workforce before graduation, allowing them to gain an income, build up work experience, and create contacts for future success. A post-graduation work permit is an open permit that allows graduates to work for employers around Canada for up to three years, providing a unique opportunity to build a long-term life in Canada.

Finally, international students often find it easier to stay in Canada permanently. Since international students have already demonstrated their ability to integrate and live in Canada, the permanent immigration programmes are often geared towards them. The Express Entry programme manages the selection of new permanent residents on a priority basis that is often linked to work type and experience. Programmes like the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are often for individuals with recent work experience in Canada in a skilled occupation, making graduates prime candidates.

Blog Post by Mikhail Khan

Post Author: IMIN