Student Immigration

Canada’s renowned education system and the government’s support for international students make it an attractive pathway for immigration. Canadian universities and colleges are globally recognized, and the country ranks among the top choices for foreign students. This favorable environment creates an easy pathway for students to obtain Canadian permanent residency.

Canada offers numerous secure pathways for immigration, and one of the most straightforward options is through studying in the country as an international student. Renowned for its exceptional education system, Canada is home to globally top-ranked universities and colleges. The Canadian government actively promotes Canadian education and encourages foreign nationals to pursue higher education in the country. These factors collectively make immigration through education an easily accessible route for students in Canada.

International graduates are highly desirable candidates for Canadian immigration due to their possession of the skills and knowledge sought after in the Canadian labor market. They also have proficiency in the Canadian official languages and are already familiar with life in Canada. In 2023, Canada ranked as the first most popular destination worldwide for foreign students.

Enhancing Immigration Chances through Education

To increase the likelihood of immigration through education in Canada, it is advisable to pursue a program that spans a minimum of two academic years. This duration allows graduates to apply for a work permit upon completion. It is crucial to select a Designated Learning Institution participating in the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, as most private colleges do not participate, and graduating from such programs would not enable subsequent immigration.

International students in Canada have the right to engage in part-time work while pursuing their studies. Presently, the Canadian government permits foreign students to work up to 20 hours per week.

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Accompanying Family Members

If you are married or in a common-law partnership, or have dependent children, they can accompany you to Canada. Spouses of international students can obtain an open work permit, while children can secure a study permit to attend public school during the academic program.

Spouses of international students are eligible to obtain an open work permit, granting them the right to work in Canada. This work permit allows them to seek employment in any field or occupation, providing an opportunity for financial stability and the chance to contribute to the family’s income. The open work permit is not restricted to a specific employer, offering flexibility in job choices.

Additionally, dependent children of international students can secure a study permit, allowing them to enroll in public schools during the duration of their parents’ academic program. This ensures that the education of the children is not interrupted and they have access to quality education in Canada. Public schools in Canada offer a diverse and inclusive learning environment, where children can interact with their peers and develop their skills and knowledge.

Although immigration through education is a comprehensive process, it offers a smoother transition as adaptation to a new country occurs gradually.

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Requirements and Recommendations for Immigration through Education

Enrolling in an Academic Program

To begin the immigration process, the first step is to gain admission to an academic program in Canada. Whether it is an undergraduate, postgraduate, or certificate/diploma program, obtaining a Letter of Acceptance from the chosen institution is crucial. With this letter, the application for a study permit can be prepared and submitted.

Obtaining Study Permit and Other Required Documents

To study in Canada, proper documentation is necessary. The application process includes obtaining a study permit and, if applicable, a temporary resident visa. If accompanying family members are involved, additional permits, such as a work permit for a spouse or a study permit for children, need to be acquired.

Studying in Canada

Once the study permit and other documents are approved, a Letter of Introduction is issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This letter enables the issuance of the study permit upon arrival in Canada. During this phase, students focus on successfully completing their educational programs.

Post-Graduate Work Permit Application

After successfully finishing their studies, international graduates become eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. This open work permit allows them to work for any Canadian employer. Extending the temporary resident visa (if applicable) and obtaining new work/study permits for family members (if applicable) are also part of this stage. The Post-Graduate Work Permit provides an opportunity to stay in Canada legally and work towards permanent residency.

Choosing the Right Immigration Pathway

At this point, an assessment of the individual’s immigration prospects is conducted. Depending on the circumstances, suitable immigration strategies are recommended. The options include Express Entry, provincial nominee programs, or employer-supported immigration.

Application Processing and Checks

The application submitted to the federal government undergoes a thorough review to ensure all requirements are met. This stage includes medical examinations and background checks, which involve criminality and security assessments. Additional documents may be requested by the IRCC to make a final decision.

Becoming a Permanent Resident

Upon successfully completing the application process, applicants receive a “Ready for Visa” email, prompting them to submit their passports or passport copies to the designated Visa office. Approximately 3-4 weeks later, a Confirmation of Permanent Residency is issued, enabling the applicant to proceed with the landing process. After the landing, the individual officially becomes a Permanent Resident of Canada.