Canada reforms immigration system to benefit foreign students
Canada has announced changes to its online immigration system- Express Entry- starting November 19, which is expected to benefit international students planning to explore work opportunities in the country post studies. The tweaked Express Entry system includes awarding points to international students who have obtained postgraduate degree, diploma or certificate in Canada. Apart from that, applicants will also be allocated more time to submit an application for permanent residence once they receive an invitation to apply from the Canadian government.
According to John McCallum, Immigration Minister, the main idea behind the change was to attract large number of highly-skilled immigrants to build the economy and strengthen the society. The immigration minister also stated that there are major changes on the way for foreign students. More foreign students would be invited to apply for the fast track permanent residence application process.
The Express Entry ranks and scores applicants based on factors including age, work experience, language ability, and education level. To apply for the Express Entry, applicant must have been working in the country for at least a year.
Express Entry is a selection method obtained for Canadian immigration designed to select skilled workers for immigration to the country. It is an electronic immigration system involving Canadian employers, federal government and provincial governments.
According to Institute of International Education (IIE), Canada is home to over 263,800 international students from across the globe. It comprises majority of students from China, India, France, US and South Korea. A report by Canadian Bureau for International Education states that in 2015, 51% of international students planned to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
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