Why you option for a Canadian Study Permit over a US Study permit

Why you option for a Canadian Study Permit over a US Study permit

Why you option for a Canadian Study Permit over a US Study permit

Why you option for a Canadian Study Permit over a US Study permit

Canadian Study Permit is increasingly becoming popular and favored by overseas students across the world. Latest studies have revealed that Canada has emerged as one of the most popular nations for applications of overseas students, even more, renowned than the US.

Below are some vital factors that will prove why you should opt for a Canadian Study Permit over a US Student Visa:

Job opportunities

As per the statistics of the International Education bureau in Canada, more than 50% of the overseas students in Canada seek and eventually obtain a Canada PR. After graduating through a Post-Graduation Work Permit overseas students can work in Canada for 3 years. This helps them to get a job, the pathway to Canada PR and ultimately Citizenship of Canada.

The scenario in the US is absolutely opposite where getting a job after graduation is not permitted until a sponsorship is obtained.

Policy of Canada

In complete opposition to the anti-immigration US policies, Canada intends to welcome overseas students. The government of Canada plans to accept 450, 000 overseas students to Canada by 2022. The percentage of overseas students arriving in Canada has increased by 92% from 2008, as quoted by the Canadim.

Tricky US Visa policy

A proposal has been put forward by the US Department of Homeland security that would mandate overseas students studying in the nation to renew their visas every year. On the other hand, overseas students with Canadian Study Permit are encouraged by Canada to remain in the nation as long as possible.

The visa application system of the US is also complicated and lengthy requiring lot of waiting, questioning and intense security. Meanwhile, visa process of Canada is quick and simple and obtaining a Canada Study Permit is easy.

Exorbitant costs

Studying in the US is not only just more expensive than studying in Canada; it is also tough to obtain financial assistance as an overseas student in the US. Universities in Canada are more forthcoming in offering scholarships and financial aid to overseas students. This is very rare in the US.

Meanwhile living cost is also lesser in Canada. Overseas students are opting to study in Canada also because it is more inexpensive.

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has severely influenced the way people perceive the US globally. His anti-immigration policies are de-motivating overseas students to opt for the US Student Visa.

Multiculturalism has become the hallmark of Canadian policies and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enhanced the popularity of the nation amongst the overseas population with the tweet ‘Welcome to Canada’.

Healthcare

Healthcare in Canada is administered by provinces individually and they offer diverse coverage to overseas students. Overseas students usually choose the insurance plan of their school or opt for one of the several reasonable plans offered by private insurance firms.

Overseas students in the US must apply for insurance coverage from many schools and are often required to pay high premiums for private healthcare.

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Express Entry Report Looking at the Third Quarter of 2017

Express Entry Report: Looking at the Third Quarter of 2017

Express Entry Report: Looking at the Third Quarter of 2017

Express Entry Report: Looking at the Third Quarter of 2017

So far, 2017 has proven to be a dynamic and active year for Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system. At the end of this year’s third quarter, the number of candidates issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) is the highest it has ever been since Canada first introduced the Express Entry selection system in January 2015.

Despite the decrease of ITAs issued in the third quarter of 2017 in comparison to the record high number of ITAs issued in the second quarter, the number of ITAs issued was more than double the number for the same period last year. Additionally, the third quarter of 2017 saw a decrease in the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score required in order for a candidate to be issued an ITA.

A large number of ITAs issued thus far in 2017 follows a stated goal from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to utilize the Express Entry system to welcome newcomers based on human capital factors over other factors, such as an offer of employment. Improvements to the system made last November and in June 2017 have helped IRCC to realize this objective.

July, August, and September by the numbers

In the third quarter of this year, a total of 18,135 ITAs were issued, 12,841 more than over the same time period in 2016. During the third quarters of 2015 and 2016, a total of 9,084 and 5,294 ITAs were issued, respectively.

The third quarter of 2017 saw 26 percent more ITAs issued than the sum of ITAs issued in the third quarters of 2015 and 2016. As indicated in the graph below, every quarter of 2017 has witnessed a record-breaking number of ITAs issued in comparison to previous years.

Overall, 69,420 ITAs have been issued up to and including the third quarter of 2017 to candidates in the Express Entry pool. This figure is more than three times larger than the 20,580 ITAs issued up to the same period in 2016, and all together higher than the total number of ITAs issued in any previous annual total.

Decrease of CRS cut-off threshold

Over the late summer months of 2017, IRCC invited candidates over a series of six Express Entry draws, two draws fewer than the previous quarter. In the third quarter, the lowest CRS points requirement of 433 occurred in two instances, the August 9 draw and again on September 20.

The graph below indicates the CRS cut-off thresholds over the course of 2017, with the third quarter highlighted.

Over the course of the third quarter, the CRS points requirement went from 449 coming into the quarter to 433, in the final draw of September. The first draw of the quarter saw the largest decrease between two draws, with a drop of nine points to 440, though the eight-point decrease between the draws that took place on August 2 and August 9 was another significant decrease in CRS cut-off requirements.

Provinces actively seeking candidates

Provincial nomination continues to be the single most valuable way for Express Entry candidates to increase their CRS score. In the third quarter of 2017, British Columbia (BC) and Saskatchewan introduced changes to their Express Entry-aligned enhanced Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). This is a clear indication that provinces continue to recognize the significance of Express Entry as the main driver of economic immigration to Canada.

In late July, the province of Saskatchewan introduced an expanded list of eligible in-demand occupations for its popular International Skilled Worked- Express Entry category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). With an expanded list, eligible candidates in the federal pool with work experience in one of 43 in-demand occupations are given the opportunity to submit an application for provincial nomination under the SINP, when the sub-category reopens on a first-come, first served basis, as has occurred four times so far in 2017. Many of these occupations are geared towards candidates in the technology sector, though candidates across many other sectors may also be eligible.

Another benefit for tech and IT candidates was the announcement by the government of BC of a new BC Tech Pilot, where tech-focused draws target individuals from a list of specific occupations to meet the demand for tech talent in BC. The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) operates its own points-based immigration system, part of which is aligned with the federal Express Entry system. Over the summer months, scores for Express Entry-aligned categories in BC have decreased, allowing more candidates in the federal Express Entry pool a greater chance of receiving an enhanced provincial nomination, which, like the SINP sub-category mentioned above, comes with 600 additional CRS points and an ITA at a subsequent draw.

Meanwhile, other provinces across Canada have continued to leverage Express Entry into their respective PNPs, providing opportunities for candidates in the pool to increase their scores.

Options available to candidates with low core CRS

In addition to PNP options, candidates in the pool may improve their CRS scores by other means.

In the Express Entry system, a core CRS indicates a candidate’s score without any additional points awarded for a provincial nomination, an offer of employment, or post-secondary education obtained in Canada. More than half (55 percent) of candidates who received an ITA in 2016 had core CRS scores of less than 450, the lowest score drew in 2016. Approximately 6,000 of these candidates had core CRS scores lower than 300. Core CRS indicated a candidate’s score without the additional points for a provincial nomination, a job offer, or post-secondary education obtained in Canada.

Since last year, new additional points were introduced for candidates with a sibling in Canada, resulting in some candidates seeing a boost of 15 points to their existing score. In addition, candidates with French ability may now receive 15 or 30 additional points.

Further, and as was also the case before those changes were introduced, candidates may improve their score by obtaining a qualifying job offer, completing an educational credential, proving a better language ability, gaining additional work experience, or, if applicable, having their spouse or common-law partner prove their level of educational attainment, language ability, and/or work experience.

Commenting about some of these changes, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen stated at a conference in June, “As we do these innovative programs, we still have a strong commitment that we have to reunite families. We know that when families are able to reunite and stay together, it improves their integration into Canadian society, their economic outcomes, and their ability to contribute to our communities, and our great country.”

The introduction of those additional points demonstrates the evolving nature of the CRS system through immigration policy that is aimed at increasing the opportunities for candidates in the pool.

What to expect for the remainder of 2017 and beyond

In efforts to enhance immigration efforts, provincial, federal and territorial members of government met this September to discuss ways to increase immigration levels and establish better immigration planning models for upcoming years. This year’s annual immigration levels plan sets a target of 300,000 new permanent residents in Canada by the end of 2017. However, Minister Hussen confirmed in a mid-year conference that this figure serves as a baseline for immigration targets under the current government.

As IRCC continues to introduce new initiatives, such as the Global Talent Stream, the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project, changes to the Express Entry system, and new citizenship regulations, skilled workers, as well as recently graduated international students in Canada continue to be the prime focus for economic immigration to Canada.

Up to and including the third quarter of this year, larger draws, higher target intakes, and a cleared backlog of pre-Express Entry applications have resulted in lower CRS cut-off thresholds. These factors, along with IRCC actively seeking skilled workers in the pool, give candidates and other stakeholders reason to believe that more ITAs may be issued in the last quarter of 2017 going into the new year.

“Quite frankly we need to fill the skills shortages that exist in Canada,” Minister Hussen said in Toronto late June. “And by allowing highly-skilled immigrants to come to Canada and share with us their skills and their talents, we allow them to also help us create more jobs for Canadians, and more prosperity for all of us.”

Attorney David Cohen says, “Express Entry continues to provide individuals and families around the world the opportunity to make Canada their new permanent home. To begin, however, it is important to evaluate all the options available. If eligible, it is then crucial to enter the Express Entry pool and showcase one’s credentials to provinces, as well as the federal government, which ultimately decides who may be selected.”

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Canada’s Citizenship Act to Come into Effect Next Week

Important Changes to Canada’s Citizenship Act to Come into Effect Next Week

Canada’s Citizenship Act to Come into Effect Next Week

Canada’s Citizenship Act to Come into Effect Next Week

Permanent residents of Canada can enjoy a quicker, simpler citizenship naturalization process after key measures contained in Bill C-6, Changes to the Citizenship Act, come into effect next week on October 11.

Speaking in Brampton, Ontario on October 4, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen, stated that changes have been “long awaited by permanent residents” who have “been eagerly awaiting these changes.” C-6 had been passed into law last June, but some of its most important provisions did not come into effect immediately. The government had stated that some elements of C-6 would come into effect in the fall (autumn).

“We want all permanent residents in Canada to become citizens. That’s our wish because we value Canadian citizenship, we understand we are a community that continues to welcome people from all over the world. And we understand the importance and the positive role that immigrants play in our economy, in our society, and in our cultural life,” Minister Hussen said.

“We have a responsibility to ease their path to Canadian citizenship,” he added.

Among the changes that come into effect on October 11 are measures covering the number of days that an applicant must spend as a permanent resident before applying for citizenship, and how those days may be counted.

Previously, applicants for citizenship had to amass 1,460 days (four years) of residence in Canada within a six-year period, all of it on permanent status, before applying for citizenship.

Following the changes, applicants are only required to have amassed 1,095 days (three years) of residence in Canada over a five-year period before becoming eligible. Further, individuals who spent time in Canada on work or study status or as a protected person before becoming a permanent resident may count up to 365 days of this time as a temporary resident towards their overall residency days. In such cases, each actual day spent in Canada on such a temporary status is counted as a half-day (in other words, for every two days spent in Canada on eligible temporary status, one day may be counted towards citizenship eligibility, up to a maximum of 365 days).

For citizens-to-be who came to Canada to work or study, this important change may reduce the amount of time one has to spend in Canada as a permanent resident before being eligible for citizenship, in some cases from four years down to as little as two years.

In addition, as of next week, the government will no longer require applicants for citizenship to be physically present in Canada for 183 days or more in four out of the six years preceding their application.

“With these changes — with the ease of the physical presence requirements, for example — and the flexibility that we are introducing to those requirements means that permanent residents will be able to apply for citizenship sooner, but they will also be able to have the flexibility to do so,” stated Minister Hussen.

Other changes to the Citizenship Act will also come into effect on October 11.

PREVIOUS REGULATION

NEW REGULATION

Applicants had to be physically present in Canada for four out of six years before applying for citizenship. Applicants must be physically present in Canada for three out of five years before applying for citizenship.
Applicants had to file Canadian income taxes if required to do so under the Income Tax Act, for four out of six years, matching the physical presence requirement. Applicants must file Canadian income taxes, if required to do so under the Income Tax Act, for three out of five years, matching the new physical presence requirement.
Applicants had to be physically present in Canada for 183 days in four out of the six years preceding their application This provision is repealed. Applicants no longer have to meet this requirement.
Time spent in Canada prior to becoming a permanent resident did not count towards the physical presence requirement for citizenship. Applicants may count each day they were physically present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident as a half-day toward meeting the physical presence requirement for citizenship, up to a maximum credit of 365 days.
Applicants between 14 and 64 years had to meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship. Applicants between 18 and 54 years must meet the language and knowledge requirements for citizenship.

Earlier this year in June, other provisions of C-6 came into effect. These included the repeal of the previous provision whereby applicants were required to intend to continue to live in Canada if granted citizenship. Another provision that was repealed at that time meant that dual citizens living in Canada who are convicted of treason, spying and terrorism offense now face the Canadian justice system, like other Canadian citizens who break the law, whereas previously their citizenship could be revoked.

Canadian citizenship is one of the most sought citizenships globally, as it brings with it opportunities that are not available to permanent residents. First and foremost, Canadian citizens may apply for and obtain a Canadian passport, one of the most valuable passports in the world. Further, citizens can leave and re-enter Canada without needing to be mindful of residency requirements for the purpose of maintaining status. Citizens may also vote and stand for political office, giving them full participation in one of the world’s great democracies.

Initial steps

“For many people, the dream of Canadian citizenship may have just become a bit more attainable. However, it is important to note that, with the exception of a handful of cases, everyone who ultimately becomes a naturalized citizen of Canada must first become a permanent resident,” says Attorney David Cohen.

“Fortunately, Canada offers a broad range of immigration programs through which individuals and families may obtain permanent residence, the most well-known of which are arguably the federal economic immigration programs managed under the Express Entry selection system.

“In addition, there are Provincial Nominee Programs, programs managed by the province of Quebec, options for business persons, programs whereby Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor family members, and, of course, Canada’s long-standing tradition of refugee resettlement. Through these programs, as well as ongoing initiatives to welcome international students and foreign workers, Canada is bringing in hundreds of thousands of people annually, many of whom will no doubt go on to become full-fledged citizens of this great nation.”

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