Canada has come up as one of the most welcoming countries for immigrants over the last 2 decades. More importantly, the North American country has been welcoming a rising number of international students and encouraging them to stay in the country after graduation.
According to data collected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), 97.5 percent of international graduates who sought permanent residency in Canada were successful and were granted legal permission to stay and work in the country from January to October 2021. The rate was 91.5% for all other permanent residency applicants.
According to the data released by the CIC News, International student graduates who worked during their studies or after graduation were more likely to become permanent residents (60%) than those who did not. Furthermore, people with higher-paying employment were more likely to stay in the country permanently.
Indian students are one of the largest international student population in Canada according to the data given by the IRCC. Between the 2015-16 and 2019-20 academic years, the number of Indian students studying in Canada increased by over 350%. Similarly, about 1,30,000 Indian students were accepted to study in Canada from January to November 2021.
“International students who have completed their studies may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit” (PGWP). This is an open work visa that permits graduates of a DLI to work for any employer in Canada and get relevant Canadian work experience. Graduates may be able to become permanent residents as a result of this. “Through the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), anyone with at least one year of work experience in Canada and competency in one of the two official languages (English or French) may be eligible to get permanent residence status,” said Yatharth Gulati, co-founder of Rostrum Education.
Demand for Canadian academic courses grew in tandem with the announcement of these figures. “Almost half of the requests we received on our StudyAbroad platform were for Canada,” said Tarun Aggarwal, CollegeDekho’s CBO and Head StudyAbroad. Approximately 90% of these students aspire to enrol in short-term diploma programs. We discovered that Supply Chain Management, MBA, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Master in Management are some of the most popular courses among students as a result of these inquiries.”
Since the number of international students becoming permanent residents has increased, the subject of how Indian students might improve their CRS scores has arisen. Canada is known for having one of the most straightforward and simple immigration policies and procedures.
The Canadian government uses a merit-based scoring system to award a score to each candidate in the Express Entry pool, ensuring that immigrants do not have to deal with lengthy procedures. The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) is a point-based system that aids students in determining their prospects of having their study visas converted into permanent residence.
There are various ways to improve this score. The first and most important step for Indian students is to confirm that their English assessment test score meets the eligibility requirements. Canada assesses an applicant’s English language fluency using the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score. There are two types of IELTS tests: academic and general training. Students should aim for an IELTS score of 8.0 or higher to ensure that they receive a better result. The CRS calculator allows you to claim points for both English and French as a second language. Furthermore, language proficiency points can be valued up to 260 points for a single candidate. According to Yatharth Gulati, “this aspect can make a small difference in a candidate’s overall score.”
Furthermore, having a Canadian academic degree and job experience helps to improve the CRS score. “Education can earn you up to 150 points, and showing Canadian job experience can earn you another 50,” Gulati told indianexpress.
It also helps if the candidate has blood relatives in the country. It can raise the CRS score by about 15 points if the applicant has a sibling/common-law partner or/and additional relatives by blood, marriage, adoption, or other means.
Age, too, plays an important part in getting the best CRS score. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as they are practically finished with their studies. “Visa applicants in particular age categories are also given points. Applicants between the ages of 20 and 29 receive the most points in this group, with 100 points (with a spouse) and 110 points (without a spouse),” Gulati says.
Canada set a record in 2021 when it welcomed over 4,05,000 permanent residents, and the country, led by Justin Trudeau, is now aiming for even greater goals. “Following this excellent year, Sean Fraser, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, has increased his government’s immigration target for 2022 from 4,11,000 to 4,31,645. Furthermore, Canada expects to recruit around 1.3 million new immigrants over the next three years, implying that previous study visa holders would have greater options to get permanent residency (PR),” stated Karunn Kandoi, general manager and head – India Operations, ApplyBoard.
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