Pilot program aims to draw newcomers to Atlantic Canada

Immigration pilot program aims to draw newcomers to Atlantic Canada

Immigration pilot program aims to draw newcomers to Atlantic Canada

Immigration pilot program aims to draw newcomers to Atlantic Canada

When Frank Zhou finished his degree in math at Simon Fraser University, the international student from China was looking for a fast track for immigration to Canada and ended up in Prince Edward Island.

“Most immigrants only know of MTV,” said the 35-year-old, referring to Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, the magnets for newcomers. “Canada’s East Coast is off their radar.”

Zhou had arrived in Canada from Beijing, population 21.5 million, and never thought he would stay long in P.E.I., a province with 152,000 residents.

However, there he found a lifestyle and business opportunities that other newcomers overlooked, and Charlottetown has been his home since 2004.

Now, P.E.I. and the other three Atlantic provinces — Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador — are hoping more prospective immigrants will discover what Zhou did and settle on the East Coast, with the help of a new pilot program that offers a speedy immigration pathway and custom-made settlement plan.

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is the latest attempt by the four provinces, with a combined population of 2.3 million — or 6.6 percent of Canada’s total — to revitalise their stagnant population growth, the result of high interprovincial out-migration and low birth rates and immigration levels.

According to Statistics Canada, people aged 65 and above account for 19.8 percent of the population in the Atlantic provinces, up from 14.6 percent a decade ago. This compares to 12 per cent in Alberta and 16.9 percent across Canada.

In New Brunswick, the total population has actually declined by 0.5 percent since 2011, meaning deaths are now outnumbering births — a first in Canadian history, according to a parliamentary immigration committee report released in November.

“One of the things with immigrants is they like to go where others are, and we need to build that critical mass to attract other immigrants and retain them,” said Finn Poschmann, president of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, an independent think-tank based in Halifax.

“Our employers need staff at all skill levels, whether it is in the seafood sector, at tech firms, in sales and financial services. They are willing and happy to pay more, but they are not getting applicants,” Poschmann said.

Launched in March by the federal Immigration Department, the pilot program allows designated employers in the four provinces to recruit immigrants and recent international graduates to fill job vacancies without the labour market assessment required to prove a labour or skill shortage.

Employers, however, must work with local settlement agencies to develop a settlement plan for the prospective immigrants, to make sure the newcomers’ needs, such as housing, language training, child care and children’s education, are all taken care of.

The pilot has been capped at 2,000 newcomers by the end of 2018 and will double to 4,000 in 2020. Applications are fast-tracked and processed within six months.

To date, Immigration Canada said more than 650 Atlantic employers have been designated for participation in the pilot and they have recommended more than 750 workers to fill jobs in the four provinces, with 122 permanent resident applications having been submitted.

“The interest in this program is high,” said Nova Scotia Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab, whose department has already designated 247 employers and endorsed 165 job candidates.

“There is no fee paid by the employer and (immigration) applicant. We take it very seriously and they must satisfy us they are valid job offers,” she said.

New Brunswick’s minister of labour, employment and population growth, Gilles LePage, said the province is committed to ensuring employers, settlement agencies and local communities are prepared to welcome newcomers to the region.

Currently, the province is focusing on employer education and information sessions, targeted recruitment missions and developing a comprehensive public awareness campaign.

“With this holistic and collaborative approach to immigration, the province is working towards enhancing the retention of newcomers coming to New Brunswick,” said LePage.

Although immigration to the Atlantic provinces has risen steadily, reaching 8,296 in 2015, the numbers account for a mere 3 per cent of the total immigration to Canada each year.

“We are in the process of a transformation right now,” said Alex LeBlanc of the New Brunswick Multicultural Council. “In urban communities in New Brunswick, we have high schools where 25 per cent of the students were born outside of the country. We now have mosques in all the largest urban centres. There are pockets of interesting things happening.”

Since the launch of the pilot, the multicultural council has been providing cultural competency training to government employees and employers to make sure they have an inclusive and welcoming environment for newcomers.

LeBlanc said the Atlantic provinces do need to be more visible in promoting the pilot program as a viable option over other immigration destinations in Canada.

“The Atlantic provinces are one of the best-kept secrets of North America. The cost of living is affordable. With a modest income, you can still own a home. There’s no great commute time. And we have breathtaking, scenic natural environment on the coast,” said LeBlanc. “The quality of life here is fantastic.”

Ather Akbari, who came to Halifax from Pakistan by way of British Columbia, agrees.

While the lack of diverse cultural communities in the Atlantic provinces can be a problem for newcomers, the Saint Mary’s University professor said things have got much better since he moved there more than 25 years ago, after finishing his doctoral degree in economics at Simon Fraser University. Now, the provinces manage to retain 70 per cent of their new immigrants, up from just 40 percent a decade ago.

Unlike those who settle in the big cities with established ethnic enclaves, newcomers who start a new life in smaller communities are forced out of their comfort zone to interact more with local Canadian communities, and can integrate more quickly into their adopted country.

“Canadians think that Canada stops at Quebec. Life is good east of Quebec,” said Akbari, whose research focuses on the economics of immigration, aging and diversity.

“Immigration is population growth. It’s human capital growth. It brings new technology, ideas and international trade opportunities. It promotes economic growth in these smaller provinces in a positive way.”

Zhou is the perfect poster boy for the benefits of immigration to the Atlantic provinces.

Since moving to Charlottetown, he and his wife have established a business enterprise that includes a language school catering to international students, a software development company, a business consulting firm that hosts trade missions to China, and an equity investment operation. Most recently, he brought the Cows Creamery ice cream business to China.

“There are a lot of opportunities on the East Coast. People are extremely nice here,” said Zhou, whose 2-year-old son, Jayden, was born in P.E.I. “This is my home. I’m a proud Atlantic Canadian.”

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How to Get a Master’s Degree in Germany?

How to Get a Master’s Degree in Germany?

How to Get a Master’s Degree in Germany?

How to Get a Master’s Degree in Germany?

There are great opportunities for anyone wishing to pursue postgraduate studies in Germany ‘the land of ideas’. To international students it offers the chance to contribute to the country’s historic academic records. The benefits of the most generous tuition fees make it ideal, as they are lower than in a lot of countries worldwide!

Germany’s higher education system is split between:

  • public universities, which are administered by the state, and
  • Private universities, which are set up by independent companies, organizations, or charities.

The MAIN difference relies on their FUNDING METHODS.

Private universities usually charge more than public universities. Although, if the subject you are going for is not to be found in public universities, then private universities are especially useful for such courses.

Still, a very small percentage of the population and international students attend private universities, as the public ones cover a very wide variety of courses!

Public Universities in Germany

Every public university sets up their own:

  • degree programs,
  • assessments,
  • examinations, and
  • entry requirements.

The state controls:

  • funding,
  • fee policy and quality control, as well as
  • accreditation of courses – so that they meet high academic standards.

Private Universities in Germany

Private universities are free to set their own fees – higher than the public universities – but, the degrees granted are fully recognized and they do meet appropriate quality standards.

Types of Universities that offer Master’s Degrees in Germany

There are four types of higher education in Germany

  1. Research Universities – are higher education institutions providing facilities and academic expertise to award students with degrees like Master’s and PhD. Most of Research Universities are publicly administered.
  2. Technical Universities – are a sub-group of research universities, as their focus is on science, technology, and engineering disciplines.
  3. Universities of Applied Sciences – are focused on engineering, business and social sciences. In many cases, they are partnered with professional or commercial organizations. More often than not, these universities do not award PhDs. Except when they are partnered with an organization for the sole purpose of delivering specialized PhD programs. A great number of Universities of Applied Sciences are private institutions.
  4. Colleges of Art, Film and Music – are specialized in offering instructions in the creative disciplines. They can be part of both, Research Universities or Universities of Applied Sciences. Some of these Universities operate independently. The candidates are required to possess creative skills and experience.

How do I choose the perfect university for my Master’s studies?

It may seem tough to choose the perfect university for your Master’s Degree, especially when offered as many opportunities as in Germany, but it all depends on the subject you are truly passionate about.

The most important differentiation is whether your focus is academic – in which case you should probably attend a Research or Technical University.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in picking up new vocational expertise or new professional skills, you should most probably choose one of the Universities of Applied Sciences.

Obviously, students that are more creative will benefit greatly from the German artistic heritage when applying for a postgraduate course at the Colleges of Art, Film and Music.

Master’s Program types and course structure

Germany follows the Bologna Process of study, which means standard three-cycle degree format:

  • undergraduate studies (Bachelor’s Degree),
  • postgraduate studies (Master’s Degree)
  • and the preceding advanced postgraduate research (Ph.D. level).

How long does a Master’s Degree last in Germany?

Depending on the semesters your discipline will have – the courses for the Master’s Degree may vary from:

  • one,
  • one and a half,
  • up to two years long.

Whereas, one academic year is made up of two semesters! Your Master’s Degree will also include your final project; otherwise known as the dissertation that you will have to work on together with a mentor.

A fully independent postgraduate research in Germany is only done at the Ph.D. level.

How many ECTS credits is a Master’s Degree worth?

Usually, it is worth 120 ECTS credits, which you will earn during your two years (60 credits per year).

30 credits belong to your dissertation or research project that you will have to complete during your final semester!

Content of German Master’s program

Master’s degrees are taught in courses that are further divided into separate modules or units of study. Depending on the course, you may learn through small-group seminars, lectures, practical workshops, fieldwork or directed independent study.

Research Universities involve many core lectures, seminars, practical work and independent reading and study.

University of Applied Sciences include more hands-on training and workshops organized by external industry figures and various experts.

College of Art, Film and Music focused on developing and assessing your skills and proficiencies.

How does the process of dissertation go in Germany?

During the final year of your Master’s studies, you should WORK ON completing a project or a research task, an extended written dissertation or thesis. You will have the support and advice of an expert supervisor, yet you should always be the one to develop and demonstrate your own ideas and your academic expertise.

The EXAMINATION procedure of a Master’s dissertation is completed upon the evaluation of your presentation and the oral ‘defense’ as part of the assessment process. A short talk about your research topic and the answering of questions about your findings and conclusions are also included in the examination.

DO NOT FEEL OVERTHROWN, as this can actually be a very fulfilling experience for you!

Applying for a Master’s Degree in Germany

Germany has no centralized portal where you can apply for your postgraduate studies. So, you need to find a course and a university you are interested in and then apply.

There is also a service known as Uni-Assist, which helps in managing international applications.

You can apply at multiple universities as long as you meet the requirements. You should then wait for a response from your desired university.

What are consecutive and non-consecutive Master’s Degrees?

  • Consecutive Master’s Degree refers to students wishing to follow a Master’s Degree directly from the same or a closely related field completed in a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • In these courses, only candidates with a relevant Bachelor’s Degree will be accepted.
  • Also, most applicants continue directly to a Master’s Degree without a significant gap in their Bachelor’s studies.
  • Non-consecutive Master’s Degree refers to students that focus on a different though related area completed in their Bachelor’s Degree. Following non-consecutive courses may also require practical experience, except for the Bachelor’s Degree. Non-consecutive studies do not necessarily relate to an undergraduate topic. These kinds of studies are perfect for students who wish to continue with trainings and working in-between their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Continuation of education is also part of the non-consecutive category!
  • A Professional Master’s Degree focuses on vocational subjects, like teaching, nursing, lawyers, etc. The courses focus on regulated professions.

The requirements and fees for non-consecutive, consecutive, and professional Master’s Degrees vary! Consecutive programs may be free for students that continue immediately after undergraduate studies!

What is Numerus Clausus?

It is a restriction on the number of available places on particular courses (it means a restricted number of student admission).

Usually, programs associated with regulated professions are subject to Numerous Clausus in Germany, like medical professions: Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, etc.

The numerous classes help in maintaining high quality and helps in having highly specialized professionals not exceed the future possible vacancies.

There are two types of Numerous Clausus in German universities:

  1. Some are centrally restricted by the government, known as Central Numerous Clausus
  2. While other subjects are locally restricted by the universities, known as Local Numerous Clausus

Your university will let you know whether you have chosen Master’s program is subject to any type of Numerous Clausus and its effects on your process of application.

Admission to centrally restricted subjects will be more strict and competitive, while locally restricted subjects will have a little more flexibility with the number of students admitted.

Admission Requirements for a Master’s in Germany

The most important document to provide for admission in Master’s Degree in Germany is a suitable Bachelor’s Degree. It does not have to be a German Bachelor’s Degree, but it still needs to be recognized by German universities.

Application Deadlines for a Master’s in Germany

Application deadlines vary between universities, but these two general times apply broadly:

For September semester: Apply before 15 January

For studies beginning in the winter semester: submit your application before 15th of July

Make sure to check out beforehand the deadlines for your desired university, in case there are any differences with deadlines!

Language Requirements to study in Germany

Language is a requirement if you want to attend German-taught courses. The good thing is that German Universities offer many courses taught in English, in which case German language is not a requirement.

As far as German language, you will need to learn it beforehand if your courses are going to be in German.

Programs in English will not require German language tests or certificates. But, if you are a non-native English speaker, then you will be required to take English language tests, such as TOEFL, IELTS, PTE. If you have completed your undergraduate studies in English, then you will not need to take any English language tests.

To find more opportunities to study in English while in Germany, DAAD offers an international program search tool, which allows you to find the perfect program.

Applying before having completed undergraduate degree

It is common for students to apply for a Master’s Degree before completing their undergraduate studies. Usually this happens in their final year of Bachelor’s Degree. Universities are aware of this and usually accept projected degree results, an attached transcript of your current progress and may also require a statement from your tutor/professor/course tutor.

Do international students need health insurance to study in Germany?

Health insurance is mandatory for all students in Germany, including postgraduate students. So, make sure you get the proper health insurance coverage while studying in Germany.

There are two types of health insurances:

  • Public or otherwise known as STATUTORY health insurance, and
  • Private health insurance

Study Visa Requirements for a Master’s Degree in Germany

Make sure you collect on time all the documents you typically need in order to apply for a German Student Visa.

For detailed information about Germany Visa requirements, go to


Master’s Degree Fees in Germany

Master Degree fees in German universities depend whether your studies are consecutive or non-consecutive.

  • Consecutive studies are usually considered free studies since you only have to pay semester fees, which cost around 100-200€, which include payment for enrollment, confirmation, administration and Semester ticket (a monthly public transportation ticket)
  • Tuition fees are included for non-consecutive studies for a Master’s Degree, depending on program and university of choice.

Non-consecutive studies also include students who have completed their Bachelor’s studies outside Germany.

Private universities require obligatory tuition fees for both, consecutive and non-consecutive studies.

Prices for non-consecutive studies may start from around 6000€ per semester and up, especially higher prices are required for private universities.

Enrollment at the University

Once you get admitted as a student in a German higher education institution, the next process is getting enrolled or “matriculated” in studies. This process involves applying to get your courses registered, in order to be able to enroll in the academic lectures and exercises as well as to undergo the examination.

Post-graduation opportunities with a German Master’s Degree

As German University certificates and diplomas are recognized internationally, you will be able to find great opportunities worldwide, if you do not want to continue living in Germany.

But, for those who wish to continue in Germany, there will be great opportunities to find a desired and profitable job.

You have the chance to continue learning from the newest technology, knowledge, scientific research, business, and everything you can think of!

Many great opportunities will also be shown to you through your university during your study period!

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The details of Canadian provinces for immigrants to make an immigration choice

The details of Canadian provinces for immigrants to make an immigration choice

The details of Canadian provinces for immigrants to make an immigration choice

The details of Canadian provinces for immigrants to make an immigration choice

Settling on a decision of a territory from the few Canadian areas is critical for executing your point of getting the Permanent Residence. The following is a concise outline of the Canadian regions:


Alberta is the focal point of the vitality part in Canada inferable from the huge tracts of tar sands. It is likewise one of the financial powerhouses in Canada. Chiefs, Oil fix laborers, or Engineers in the oil business of Alberta can expect enormous pay bundles.


English Columbia’s Vancouver is a standout amongst the most famous urban areas for workers in Canada. It has extraordinary social projects, phenomenal social and expressions scene and energetic tech segment. It is additionally a standout amongst the most costly urban communities in Canadian territories.


This area in Canada has one of the most minimal rates of joblessness. The economy of Manitoba is generally focused on fares of characteristic assets. It major monetary parts likewise incorporates Oil, Mining, and Forestry. The typical cost for basic items here is likewise lower than other Canadian regions, as cited by the Canadim.


The main goal for migrants in Canada is Ontario territory. It is additionally a standout amongst the most costly regions. Ontario has numerous various enterprises being the biggest economy in Canada. These incorporate Arts, Sciences, Manufacturing, Tourism, and Finance.


The main authority French region in Canada is Quebec. Non-French speakers have openings in extensive urban communities, for example, Quebec City and Montreal. Montreal is additionally extremely famous among the recently arrived foreigners. It offers the vast majority of the monetary advantages of other extensive urban communities in Canada. Its typical cost for basic items is similarly low.


The biggest division of the economy of Saskatchewan is Agriculture. In any case, the base camp of the mining business in Canada is the biggest city in this territory, Saskatoon. It is likewise a vital innovation and research focus.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to Canada, contact Global Gateways.

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