When students choose to study abroad, many are also looking towards the future and plan on making their country of study their new permanent home. For those students, the quality of life, employment opportunities, and immigration will play as important a role in choosing the right country to study in as the quality of the educational institutions will.
Lists are compiled annually ranking countries in terms of quality of education for international students and ease of immigration. These lists don’t always match, except for a few notable exceptions. Canada frequently ranks high on lists for the best countries to study in and lists of countries with the friendliest immigration policies .
For those students who are looking for an internationally respected degree and a new country to call home, here are just some of the reasons to consider Canada:
Of the top 50 universities in the world, three are in Canada. And even though these schools offer an exceptionally high standard of education, they are comparatively more affordable than other international counterparts.
Canada frequently receives attention for being one of the safest, friendliest places to live for both intentional students and immigrants. Crime rates are very low, and the population is culturally and ethnically diverse.
Canada’s economy continues to thrive, even in the wake of recovery from the global pandemic. It ranks as one of the world’s wealthiest countries in terms of nominal GDP and provides a strong infrastructure and highly educated population that helps support this growth.
Based on dozens of factors, Canada never fails to rank within the top 10 countries where residents enjoy the highest quality of life.
Natural citizens and permanent residents have equal access to government-funded healthcare and educational institutions.
Recognizing the vital role that international student immigrants play in the overall Canadian economy, Canada has enacted a number of policies that make it easier for students to gain permanent residency.
Operated as part of the Express Entry System, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) provide an accelerated pathway to Canadian Immigration. While applicants must meet several criteria to qualify under one of the programs, education, particularly Canadian earned degrees, factor heavily in the selection process.
The CEC program requires applicants to have gained a minimum of 12 months of Canadian work experience in order to apply. And while education is not a requirement for consideration, it will influence an applicant’s Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS); a higher CRS score increases the odds of being selected for Canadian immigration.
The FSWP has requirements for both educational attainment and work experience; however, international degrees and work experience are allowed. This makes the FSWP a good option for international students who have previous work experience gained outside Canada.
Provincial Nomination Programs (PNP) are administered by individual provinces and provide an excellent Canadian immigration opportunity for students. Under the program, a province may nominate an individual for permanent residency, and previous connection to the province, either through work or study, could influence receiving a nomination. A nomination does not guarantee immigration, however, it heavily influences the selection, provided that all other criteria are met.
If you are an international student currently studying or looking to study in Canada and are interested in exploring Canadian immigration for students, Five Stone Immigration can help.