A New Online Portal for International Students and Graduates in Canada

The Canada Visa Study Hub: A New Online Portal for International Students and Graduates in Canada

A New Online Portal for International Students and Graduates in Canada

A New Online Portal for International Students and Graduates in Canada

It is estimated that more than 350,000 international students are currently studying in Canada, and this number is on the rise. Many universities and colleges are reporting significant increases in applications from potential international students for 2017. Studying in Canada can open doors to opportunities, not only for working after graduation but also for immigrating permanently. Individuals around the world are eager to take advantage of these opportunities.

Attorney David Cohen has more than 35 years of experience in Canadian immigration law. Now, he is applying this experience to a new initiative to assist international students through the entire journey of studying in Canada and the pathway to permanent residence. The newly launched Canada Visa Study Hub is an online portal that provides international students and graduates with the means to maximise the potential of their time in Canada.

WES Global Talent Bridge sat down with Attorney Cohen to discuss this new resource.

What is the Study Hub?

The Canada Visa Study Hub is an online portal for international students in Canada, as well as recent graduates working on a post-graduation work permit. The Study Hub not only provides information on studying in Canada, and working during and after studies, but also a customised plan for temporary and permanent immigration. Many international students in Canada aim to work after graduation or immigrate permanently, and the Study Hub is all about giving students the best possible opportunity for realising that goal.

So the Study Hub is for international students and graduates who are aiming to stay in Canada?

Not exclusively. We’ve designed the Study Hub to cater to all international students and post-graduate workers in Canada. Although many international students do plan to stay in Canada after graduation, many others make plans to return to their home countries, or move elsewhere in the world. There are still many ways the Canada Visa Study Hub can help these students during their time in Canada, and beyond. For example, there are career development resources to help students who are working during and after their studies and customized updates on permit status and renewal.

Tell us more about the features of the Study Hub.

The current offering includes a wide range of tools and resources, such as personalised notifications, a status tracker, customisation news updates, a job search tool, and more. These tools can be used to create a tailored plan for immigrating to Canada permanently, based on each member’s own situation.

There’s even a Scholarship Contest, offered exclusively to Study Hub members, in which every month one lucky member can win $2,500.

All these features are offered free of charge so that international students can take control of their future in Canada. We recognize that each international student in Canada is unique, with different backgrounds and objectives. With this in mind, I envision the Study Hub as a means for students to receive information that is pertinent to them individually. We’re continually looking for ways to improve the offerings of the Study Hub and plan to implement various new features as our community develops.

That sounds very helpful for international students here. What made you want to create the Study Hub program?

My goal in creating the Study Hub is to demystify the immigration process for international students. Moving to a new country can be equally challenging and inspiring—for international students, in particular, there are many exciting new opportunities that studying in Canada can bring, but there are also challenges. Keeping track of permits and staying in compliance, all while maintaining good grades and settling into a new country—it’s a lot to take on. We hope that the Study Hub can simplify the bureaucratic side of things so that international students can have some peace of mind and focus on what’s important: getting the most out of their studies in Canada and preparing for their future.

What makes Canada a great place to study for international students?

Where do I begin? World-class institutions and innovative study programs, a welcoming attitude toward newcomers, opportunities to work while studying, and immigrate after graduation—the list goes on. In fact, Canada may be unique in its successful combination of comparatively affordable tuition and living expenses, bilingual education system, and options for immigration after graduation. Add to that a government that supports higher education and backs its support with generous funding, and Canada starts to look like a pretty attractive option.

Most international students can work for any employer during their studies. Spouses and common-law partners can accompany an international student and get an open work permit themselves. Children of international students can attend school—at the primary and secondary levels—for free. Canada is at the forefront of research and development in many sectors, including hot-button issues like start-up technology, environmental energy, aviation, engineering, mining, to name but a few.

Three Canadian cities—Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver—were recently named among the best cities globally for student life, with Montreal taking first place. You don’t find that combination of factors, all of which are extremely important to those people considering studying abroad, in many countries. You could say Canada’s got the whole package!

What do you hope to achieve through the Study Hub?

My ultimate goal is to create a community of bright, talented individuals who are dedicated to getting the most out of their time in Canada. International students and graduates are uniquely talented—they’ve left their comfort zone to settle in a new country, a new culture. Often, they speak more than one language, and they’ve proven their academic prowess. Many of these individuals can pursue immigration and work options after graduation without the assistance of a lawyer. But sometimes, things may not go as expected. We want to be that safety net if international students and graduates encounter issues they can’t navigate on their own. We hope that the Study Hub will be their first resource for getting the information they need when they need it.

How can international students learn more about immigrating to Canada after studying?

The Study Hub offers a step-by-step outline of the processes involved to make the transition to permanent resident status. Our frequent updates inform members when immigration programs change or open, and we regularly publish the latest news on immigration matters. I would encourage any international student or post-graduate worker who is considering immigrating to Canada to remain proactive and research the options open to them. Many immigration programs can change, open, and close at short notice, and those who are best prepared have the best chances of success. I hope that the resources within the Study Hub can help these students seize their opportunity when it comes along.

International students and recent graduates on a Post-Graduation Work can join the Study Hub to access these features, and enter the Canada Visa Scholarship Contest for a chance to win $2,500.

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Steps for students to reach the Australian Permanent residency milestone

Steps for students to reach the Australian Permanent residency milestone

Steps for students to reach the Australian Permanent residency milestone

Steps for students to reach the Australian Permanent residency milestone

The third most popular destination for international students to study is Australia. Where the quality of education is relatively high and the culture is diverse. Apart from this Australia have eight of the top 100 universities in the world. Above all the country’s modern and highly potential culture and the thirst for knowledge gain and impart; makes it the best option for students since the years.

It is a unanimous dream for every student to stay in Australia after the completion of studies. The first step is to express interest to the department of immigration and Border Protection’s Skill Select program. This is an exclusive online service which enables an applicant to apply for the permanent residency this is a source to express interest.

There are a few details which have to be filled in such as personal information, course completed, English language proficiency, evidence of skills assessment. Here are a few steps to reach that one unprecedented milestone:

  • Skill Select is the first and basic step
  • Make sure your occupation is recognized which will maximize your points
  • Make sure your occupation is on the prorata list
  • Good score in the English proficiency test will do the needful anything above 6.0 band and 8.0 will do.
  • Prior work experience must be equivalent to the skilled work experience in Australia
  • Further plans for studies
  • Spouse skills will be an added advantage which will add 18-49 points.
  • Language proficiency skills would add 20 points to your credential. The validity for these exams is 3 years.
  • Skills assessments depend totally on the occupation you choose
  • Job you hold makes the path feasible to acquire a permanent residency status
  • The best option for students will be any sort of employer sponsorship occupation will work out wonders.
  • Last but not least state nomination opens doors for more opportunities

Considering the points need anything that you score above 60 will make you outstanding and top the priority list. And being issued with a Permanent residency status will work out unexpectedly well. A state nomination will add 5 good points to your application. And the post study work scheme will add extra points based on your bachelor’s degree as well.

While the course is still in progress and you are at the verge of completing your studies apply for a graduate temporary visa. This path enhances full working authority and also rights to seek employment. This is another point scoring method. A graduate temporary program is a great demand for an employer sponsorship program.

Employer sponsorship program requires the applicant to show evidence of the places they have lived and worked in the past. And during your precise stay in Australia make use of it to enhance your skill of communicating.

Speaking about immigration which has predominantly changed in Australia since 2013. And applying for permanent residency is highly competitive and document sensitive. It is very important that you make the best of every opportunity. The best way to experience things work out is contact Global Gateways the India’s best consultant who would design the best road map for a successful immigration need.

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Canada Streamlines Work Permit Process for Talented Skilled Foreign Workers

Canada Streamlines Work Permit Process for Talented Skilled Foreign Workers

Canada Streamlines Work Permit Process for Talented Skilled Foreign Workers

Canada Streamlines Work Permit Process for Talented Skilled Foreign Workers

Certain skilled workers can expect their Canadian work permit applications (and Canada visa applications, where applicable) to be processed within two weeks—compared with the current wait times of up to five or more months—under a new program, beginning June 12, 2017. Dubbed the Global Talent Stream, the streamlined immigration option will benefit high-growth companies needing unique foreign talent in order to scale-up and companies needing highly skilled foreign talent in occupations on a new Skills Shortage List. Another key element of Canada’s new Global Skills Strategy is faster processing for short-term (30 days or less in a 12-month period) highly skilled, low-risk workers.

Canadian immigration law allows Canadian employers to access foreign workers in certain situations where Canadian citizens and permanent residents are not available in the Canadian labor market. As a general policy, before Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will issue a work permit to a foreign national, the foreign national’s prospective employer must obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Service Canada/Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) confirming the need for a temporary worker and that no Canadians are available to do the job.

Obtaining an LMIA-based work permit can be an onerous process for an employer and one that can take up to five months or longer, unless the employer is able to benefit from variations to the general LMIA recruitment requirements, or falls under an expedited stream or one of the LMIA exemption codes. To avoid unnecessary delays and costs when recruiting foreign nationals for work in Canada, it is therefore important for employers to assess whether any variations, expedited streams or exemptions are available.

With a view to facilitating the hiring of talented skilled workers from overseas in an organized and fast manner, IRCC recently announced that, on June 12, 2017, it will launch a new, 24-month pilot program, the Global Talent Stream (GTS). Eligible employers will benefit from expedited processing times for certain LMIA-exempt work permits as well as a new LMIA program with quicker processing times. It is anticipated that ESDC will process these LMIA applications within 10 business days (rather than the current timing of up to several months), and after the LMIA application is approved by ESDC, IRCC will process the work permit application within 10 business days. The goal of this initiative is to facilitate immediate access to top global talent for certain eligible companies conducting business in Canada.

Two categories of employers will be eligible for the GTS. Category A covers high-growth companies with a demonstrated need for unique talent to scale-up and grow. Category B covers companies with a demonstrated need for highly-skilled foreign nationals for occupations found on a Skills Shortage List. The details of the GTS and the requirements to qualify as a Category A or B company are still being developed.

IRCC also announced that there will be a simplified process for short-duration employment (30 days or less) and high-value work. The purpose of this streamlined process is to help employers expand operations and grow their business in Canada. The details of this initiative are also currently being developed; however, it is anticipated that this simplified process will be available to workers in specific occupations (to be determined) and to citizens of countries that are exempt from having to obtain a temporary resident visa to enter Canada.

New information will be posted as it becomes available. Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding this new program.

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