Manitoba plans to give STEM graduates opportunity to apply for PR
Manitoba, the Canadian province, is introducing an International Education Stream, giving international STEM graduates an opportunity to apply for permanent residency immediately after they complete their studies.
This new scheme has been termed ‘generous’ because it will let some recent graduates directly apply for permanent residency, even if they have not been offered a job. The program at the outset appears to be a measure to keep up with the successful ‘Stay in Scotia’ campaign of Nova Scotia that gives international students a pathway to stay in this North American country after they complete their studies.
But Ben Rempel, Manitoba’s assistant deputy minister of immigration and economic opportunities, was quoted by The PIE News as saying that the new technique of the province is actually targeted at students who switched to other study programs to improve their chances of settling in Canada.
Rempel said that students were opting for the quickest programs, though they were not aligned with their career interests, and were employed in jobs that weren’t actually improving those career goals to be able to be eligible for a nomination.
He added that their goal, in a nutshell, was to make them study in the courses that were appropriate and crucial for their career opportunities, and they wanted the students to find and attain success in a job opportunity where they could use that training.
Any international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) student who has completed an internship or an equivalent as part of a master’s or a doctoral program in Manitoba will be eligible to apply for residency immediately after he/she graduates.
Eligible to apply are bachelor’s students, but they need to have a job offer in hand related to their field of study, and that job ought to be on the province’s approved list of in-demand occupations.
Also eligible to apply to Manitoba Stream’s Skilled Workers are international students, who completed their studies in other provinces in Canada.
This is not a novel idea in Canada because almost all provinces in the country have a kind of post-study work pathway for foreign students. When the Manitoba scheme gets underway in April 2018, only Alberta will be the province of Canada not to have such a scheme. Meanwhile, the federal government of Canada also has other post-study work routes.
According to Rempel, the government of Manitoba will view this new program as the first move to advance potential pathway choices for the province’s students.
He concluded by saying that this was the beginning and if new pathways, which are innovative and responsive, are found meeting the demands of specific industries or sectors, they would surely pursue them.