Applications for permanent residence under the Economic Class (comprising of the federal skilled worker class, the Quebec skilled worker class, the provincial nominee class, the investor class, the entrepreneur class and the self-employed persons class) often entail processing delays that exceed the expectations and objectives of applicants. Accordingly, alternative solutions promoting early entry, may be available by way of temporary admissions to Canada though the study visa route.
In fact, Canada’s immigration laws provide emphasis on an applicant’s current ties to Canada. We often encourage individuals who are faced with untenable processing delays for Canadian permanent residence within a particular geographic region, to consider implementing an early entry program of study in Canada as part of their overall settlement project. Studying in Canada and attendance at a reputable Canadian education institution can provide four important benefits to consider: First, processing delays under a program of study in Canada are short and visa issuance ensures early entry to Canada. Second, it provides valuable points of assessment for an application for permanent residence. Third, study visa holders may submit their application for Canadian permanent residence to a visa office in North America where overall processing delays are generally very reasonable. Last and perhaps one of the least considered attributes is that a program of study in Canada will count towards the qualification period to acquire Canadian citizenship. Each year of study in Canada will be credited by six months towards the three residency period needed to qualify for Canadian citizenship through naturalization.
In some cases, it may be practicable for an applicant to secure a study visa and once issued the applicant can then submit an application for permanent residence under a suitable category.
More than 130,000 students from foreign jurisdictions come to live and study in Canada each year. Canadian employers and Canada’s immigration selection rules both place a premium on Canadian education. There are many different types of schools and institutions in Canada. The education system in Canada comprises of both publicly-funded and private schools including community colleges, technical institutes, career colleges, language schools, secondary schools, universities and university colleges.
We provide service assistance to prospective applicants wishing to seek admission to a reputable Canadian educational institution. We specialize in securing admission to “Gateway Colleges”. These are colleges with course curriculums which upon graduation can enable the graduate student entry into a Canadian university. For a number of foreign students who do not yet possess sufficient English or French language skills to study at the university level, “Gateway Colleges” are a good starting option for study in Canada. Even if you do not intend to study at the university level in Canada, “Gateway Colleges“often provide the graduate student with excellent credentials to enter the Canadian labour market.
There are many “accredited” institutions in Canada. Our career counselors are knowledgeable about which programs and which educational institutions will best suit your needs.
In an effort to increase the global competitiveness of Canada by attracting and retaining more international students to its schools, international students at public post-secondary institutions will now be able to work off-campus while completing their studies so that they can gain work experience, get a feel for the Canadian labour market and gain a wider understanding of Canadian society. In addition, students on study permits will now be able to work for two years, rather than one year, after their graduation. This second initiative will apply outside Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver to help spread the benefits of immigration to more of Canada’s regions. The Government of Canada is investing $10 million a year for five years to support this announcement.