Canada To Develop Permanent Immigration Pathway For International Students: In an online interview with ApplyBoard, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser hinted that Canada may develop a new pathway to permanent residency for international students.

Fraser spoke with Canadian immigrants who founded the educational tech company in Ontario earlier this month. The minister of immigration emphasized the importance of immigration and the value of international students to the Canadian economy during the interview.

New Pathway to Permanent Residence

The message we want to convey to international students is simple, said Fraser. It’s not just about studying in Canada. It is our hope to provide pathways that will enable you to remain at UCF and make a lasting contribution beyond your academic career.”

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser hinted in an online interview with ApplyBoard that Canada may develop a new path to permanent residency for international students.

In an interview with Fraser, the company’s founders, Canadian immigrants, spoke about how it was founded. During the interview, the minister of immigration stressed the value of immigration to the Canadian economy and the value of international students to the Canadian education system.

A simple message must be understood by international students, said Fraser. Canadian studies aren’t the only option. To further your academic career and make a lasting contribution while remaining at UCF, we hope to provide pathways for you to do so.”

There continue to be sticking points, however, challenges that international students face when trying to make a move to Canada. 

One of them is the requirement for international students to convince Canadian immigration officials they intend to return to their home countries after graduation, a requirement to get a study permit, as well as getting the necessary work permits, and gain experience so they can stay in Canada after graduation.

International Student Immigration Sticking Points Being Resolved By Immigration Minister

Permanent Immigration Pathway For International Students

The immigration minister of Canada acknowledged this challenge in an interview with ApplyBoard.

When I first started looking into this new role, that was one of the first things I noticed. Often, you hear about students who want to come, who want to work, who companies want to hire, and even provinces want to offer scholarships to, but they’re often denied entry because there isn’t a belief that they will return home.

The immigration minister said he believes there are solutions to this problem, but he did not get into specifics about what he intends to do.

“I hope my solutions will help more people become permanent residents here when they apply,” he said.

As a result of the large number of international students coming to Canada every year, Fraser ruled out the possibility of letting all foreign students stay permanently in Canada since this would mean fewer spots for foreigners under other programs.

According to Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter, the immigration minister is responsible for developing pathways to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers and international students.

“We’re currently working on some policies. The process will take a little while,” said Fraser. People will be able to better plan their succession by coming to study here and then transitioning to permanent residency after they are finished.

International students will soon be able to apply for permanent residence

As soon as a permanent solution is ready, the immigration minister says the work on the policy will begin.

Last year, 621,565 study permits were issued, an increase of 17.7% compared to 2020 when 528,190 permits were issued.

By only 2.6 percentage points, Canada is still a long way from reaching the record-setting level of 638,280 study permits issued in 2019, which was the last full year before the pandemic. 

To speed up the process of obtaining study permits, Canada wants to do even more.

Our goal this year is to have study permit processing times back to our service standard by the end of the year. This will enable us to accommodate as many students as possible, said Fraser earlier this year.

In addition to the hiring of 500 new employees, Ottawa is digitizing applications to speed up the application processing process.

Canada has also decided, in light of the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine in February, to extend for up to three years the study permits for Ukrainians in Canada

In Canada, international students applying for a Post-Graduation Work Permit may first apply for a Study Permit. They can then apply for permanent residence through Express Entry to get their permanent residency.

Tuition, living expenses, and transportation are costs for students with study permits

The students must demonstrate the following in order to be eligible to study in Canada:

  • Applicants must be accepted by a school, college, university or other educational institution in Canada;
  • In addition to paying for tuition, living expenses, and return transportation, they should have enough money to live on;
  • They follow the law and have no criminal record;
  • A medical examination will be conducted if you remain in good health;
  • When their authorized stay is over, they must prove to an immigration officer that they will depart the country.

These students may work in Canada under the following categories once they have been issued a study permit:

  1. Working without a permit on campus;
  2. Permitted to work off-campus;
  3. A work permit is required to participate in co-op and internship programs, which provide work experience as part of the curriculum.

The PGWP allows foreign students to apply for a work permit upon graduation. This program allows work permits to be issued for a maximum of three years, up to the duration of the program.

International grads can gain valuable work experience in Canada while under a Post-Graduation Work Permit and use this to apply for permanent residence through the Express Entry system of Canada.

Applicants for immigration are assigned points based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) that Express Entry programs use.

  • Expertise;
  • Experience in the workplace;
  • Proficiency in languages;
  • Spouse or common-law partner’s proficiency in a foreign language and educational background;
  • A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment must accompany a job offer;
  • Being nominated for permanent residence by the provincial government;
  • Combinations of language abilities, education and work experience increase an applicant’s chances of finding a job (transferrable skills).