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Want to study & settle in Canada? Learn about Canada’s new immigration policies!

Canada declares its new immigration policies, effective from 19th Nov’16, to help international students planning to settle in the country

Doodle Nandi | 17 Nov 2016 | 5.1K Views
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Indian students comprise nearly 14% of the total international student population in Canada.

'Are you nurturing your plans of studying in Canada?'

Let me put it this way: 'Are you aware that nearly 14% of Indian students currently study in Canada?' and India is considered to be the second-largest immigrant source in Canada.

According to a recent report, between 2004–2005 and 2013–2014, the number of international students in Canada increased from 66,000 nearly a decade ago to 1,24,000, and currently they represent 11% of the total number of students. 

The above figures are predicted to increase further, thanks to the Canadian government who has made some changes in the Express Entry System, which calls for encouraging permanent residency of international students and highly skilled workers in Canada – a good news for all Indian students looking to study in Canada.

The changes were announced on 14th Nov’16 and are mainly due to the continual improvements in the immigration policies.

The Express Entry system was launched last year to ensure Canada’s economic and labour market needs are met by prioritising Canadian immigration candidates.

As a part of the new change, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) will now award 15 points for a diploma or certificate of 1- or 2-year duration and 30 points for a degree, diploma or certificate (including masters, professional or PhD) of minimum 3 years or more.

According to a department spokesperson, “With these changes, more former international students will be able to transit to permanent residence under the Express Entry system. Former international students are a key source of candidates in the Express Entry because of their age, education, skills and experience. In addition to the time already spent in Canada, integrating into Canadian society permanently will be easier because they will have established social networks and familiarised themselves with life in Canada.”

John MacCallum, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship manager, said: “We have committed to doing more to attract highly skilled immigrants to come to Canada and become permanent residents, because this is important to build our economy and strengthen our society. I am confident that the changes to the Express Entry will be one of the many positive outcomes of the changes we will be bringing to our immigration system. Our department has done simulations of what all of these changes will mean, and those simulations suggest that whereas today 30% of all of the people invited to apply under the Express Entry are international students, with these changes the number will move from 30% to 40%.”

International students are increasing in Canada:

From 2005 to 2013, the Canadian government launched immigration policies to help talented international students become permanent residents of Canada. This is perhaps why Canada turned out to be the most chosen destinations worldwide.

Shortly after the implementation of such policies, Canada’s international student enrolments increased rapidly and the number of international students in Canada reached 22.8% from 2011 to 2013. By 2015, there were nearly 3,00,000 international students in the country. 

According to the 2016 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, nearly 1,25,783 new study permits were issued to international students, which is a 5.4% increase from 2014. Besides 5,829 international study permit holders got permanent residence through the economic streams.

The Canadian government has also forecast its overall intake of newcomers in 2017 will remain at the levels seen this year, but prospective migrants from countries such as India have reason to cheer since targets for categories (courses) under which they are admitted have been raised.

Let us know what you think of this news.

Do you have any plans of studying in Canada? If yes, please feel free to have a chat with our counselling team to learn about the various options available at several Canadian institutions. We have experts who can help you get admits from Canadian universities.


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