IMMIGRATION – STUDY IN CANADA
International students choose to study in Canada for the lower cost of tuition and living fees that go along with the internationally renowned and excellence in education, which is respected all over the world. This quality education prepares these students for professional positions in Canada or abroad.
Student immigration to Canada can come in a couple of different ways:
- Canada Study Permit – is the most common way for immigrant students to come to Canada for their education. A study permit is obtained by choosing a school and an educational program that fits the student’s plans and then make an application for a Canada Study Permit.
- Study Without Permit – applies to family members of diplomats which also includes private staff, minor children of temporary students of less than six months of study or temporary foreign workers, members of foreign armed forces or may also include any minor child residing in Canada whether they are in primary or secondary school or even in pre-school. Study without permit may also apply to children of Canadian permanent residents and new/current Canadian citizens.
Working in Canada, while an international student in Canada for educational purposes is also possible. Whatever the educational plans, once a school is found and the application submitted and accepted, an application to study in Canada with a permit or without a permit can be submitted to immigration authorities.
Finding an educational institute can be made easier in Canada through a program called SchoolMatch, which is provided by the Canadian government for foreign and exchange students. Through this program, educational candidates can find assistance in choosing an educational facility which suits their needs, facilities such as universities, colleges, technological facilities and also educational facilities for younger students. The program can also assist potential students with the application process for admission. An application for admission must be submitted and a letter of admission received, prior to obtaining a Canada Study Permit.
Other options may also be available to a potential foreign student to enter Canada and study without a Canada Study Permit, prior to entering Canada. Work opportunities while in Canada as a student should also be considered prior to entering Canada.
The Canadian government has also accounted for ways of encouraging students to stay in Canada after completing a foreign student’s Canadian studies. Through work experience, Canada offers eligibility to foreign students to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit. Through the Canadian Experience Class or the Quebec Experience Class, a former educational student and recent graduate could be eligible for Canadian Permanent Resident status or may go on to obtain a Canadian Citizenship.
Post-Graduate Work Permits allow some international graduating students who have completed their studies in Canada, the opportunity to stay in Canada and gain employment and work under an open work permit for up to three years after graduation.
Canadian Citizenship and Immigration also offers an opportunity for international students to become permanent residents in Canada. Permanent Resident Status is offered to international students through a variety of programs.
- CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS
- With Canadian education or Canadian work experience, immigrant candidates have the opportunity to immigrate to Canada permanently.
- PROVINCIAL NOMINEE PROGRAMS
- Canadian provinces and territories have detailed programs with specific needs, which in turn, can provide graduates to immigrate to Canada permanently.
- QUEBEC EXPERIENCE CLASS (PEQ)
- The province of Quebec offers international students with Quebec education or Quebec work experience, the opportunity to become permanent residents in Canada.
Canada’s educational system is considered around the world, to be a top educational system. Elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities as well as educational trades systems are some of the best educational systems in the world.
In Canada, the term “school” is often used to refer to a variety of educational institutions. Schools fall into one of four categories:
- University and College
- Trade and Vocational
- Language Schools
- Primary or Secondary
Canada is known to have some of the best educational providers, and as in the case of the Canadian Trades Programs, Canada is known to have one of the top safety instruction systems in the world.
Vocational programs in Canada are among the top programs in the world. Canadian educational facilities house students of every background and every interest.
International students are offered the same educational opportunities as all Canadian students. Because of this educational opportunity, international students who study in Canada receive internationally valued, top education, which prepares them for almost every future professional outcome.
Combining this top educational system with lower tuition fees and lower living costs, compared to other developed countries, Canada is a top choice for over 300,000 international students. The number of international students attending Canadian educational facilities grows year over year.
Becoming a student of Canadian Education, an international student must first find a school which offers the course of study the student is interested in pursuing. To assist the international student in finding the right school, the Canadian Government has offered the following program:
- CANADA VISA SCHOOL SEARCH
- This search program helps a qualified international student candidate to find the proper Canadian educational facility, to suit their needs and match their expectations and goals.
To better understand your choices and make informed decisions an international student must ask themselves many questions. Finding answers to these questions will help narrow-down the choices available for educational facilities and where the facilities are located and the benefits the facility has to offer. Some questions to be considered are:
- Am I looking to obtain a degree?
- What category of degree am I looking to obtain?
- How will my studies improve or alter my career path?
- Am I looking to use my education as a starting point with a goal to obtain Canadian Permanent Residence?
- What kind of time frame am I able to commit to my educational goals?
- What are my financial commitments or how much money can I commit to my Canadian education?
It is important for an international student to choose a program that will help them accomplish both short-term and long-term goals. Many educational facilities will offer information sessions, tours, and personal interviews which can help the international student make a choice of the facility they would like to attend.
International students may wish to speak with school representatives, current students or even alumni to become better acquainted with the pros and cons of a course of study or institute. There are also school informational sessions to attend online or at a location near the student.
Once you have made a choice on the program of study, the next step is to research institutes that teach the program. Some factors to take into account are:
- Total cost of tuition
- Location of the institution
- Cost of living during school year
- Housing during out-of-session interims
- Student to teacher ratio