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3 Best Universities in Canada for International Students

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The multi-cultural country of Canada is famous for its top quality education, safe and secure environment, and versatile student culture. Canada has a lot to offer for postgraduate students. The North American country’s median age is 44 years, which means its needs both skilled and unskilled labor. It is the leading country in immigration reforms and has exceptional employment opportunities.

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Here are top three universities in Canada for international students:

1. McGill University

McGill University is unarguably the best university in Canada. It is a favorite among international students for its great quality education and rankings. Located in Montreal, the McGill University is has the most environment for international students. It has high employer activity, which ensures high paying jobs. Tuition fees are very low and the university also offers a lot of scholarships. Best courses to study are business and management, engineering, and finance.

2. University of British Columbia

It ranks 50th in the QS World University Rankings. This university is very popular among international students as well. Vancouver is the costliest city in the world and has really high standard of living. Despite that, there are great student accommodations and you can also work part-time to cover up the costs. Best subjects to study at the University of British Columbia are economics, engineering, and science.

3. University of Alberta

With its impeccable support services and high quality education, the University of Alberta gets over 6,500 international students every year. It is a tiny city but unlimited opportunities. The cost of living is also very low, which gives you the chance to save money and also explore around more. The weather is usually cold 10 months a year, so that might take a little adjusting to do. Best courses to study at the university are science and management.

Canada Tops The List The Global War For High Talent

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is helping the country tremendously. It is a two-year program launched by Canada to help companies to find talent that want to expand quickly. Through this program, Canadian companies have been able to find 1,600 employees from around the world. And it has only been two and a half months since the program started.

The program’s Global Skills Strategy reduces the amount of time it takes to clear a work permit application. The decision is made within two weeks rather than a month. It takes only half the amount of time than it usually needed. Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development, the tech sector has given a positive feedback. In these two and a half months, around 2000 people applied, out of which 1,600 already got the work permit. This means that the work is being done at a fast rate.

Canada wasn’t a first choice for many employees. They wanted to go to the US but looking at the political climate there, they chose Canada. Petra Axolotl, a former Twitter employee, moved to Canada from Singapore using this program. She didn’t want to move to Canada but she had to because Singapore didn’t identify her same sex partner.

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Petra Axolotl had planned to move to the US after staying in Singapore for a while. But looking at the political condition she chose Canada. She said that Canada’s new program only took 10 days to approve her visa. It was very easy as well. Petra Axolotl is a data scientist and is currently working with a small tech company Platterz. She has already received the permanent resident status.

Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Immigration Minister, and Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, have always emphasized on immigration bringing them growth and prosperity.

New 10,000 Working Visas Released By Canada

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Last week Canada released its 2018 Immigration Policy and this week the government announced that they will issue 10,000 working visas for young Irish people. This is such a good news for those Irish people planning to move to a different country to find work. Canadian Immigration Services will be welcoming one million immigration over the next three years. Young Professional  and Working Holiday permits is available for working people between 18 to 35 years of age.

People can work in the country on this visa for two years. If a person comes on a International Co-Op visa, they can work until a one year only. Thousands of young Irish people migrate to Canada every year. It is a favorite country among many Irish jobseekers. Recently, the Canadian government said that are expanding their immigration policies. Canada has a median age of 41. Around 5 million people will retire in 2021. This means Canada needs workforce.

Old age is a threat to their economy. The Canadian government said that immigration has enhanced Canada.

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Wants to strengthen the economy

In a statement released by the Canadian government, they said that Canada is committed to immigration and is looking forward to welcoming more immigrants. They want to make Canada strong through economic growth and build a big diverse community. The government of Canada will do everything it takes to preserve peace and safety in the country and maintain border security.

Immigration plays an important role in pushing the economy forward. Canada is in a better position because of its immigrants. The country has a 75 percent growth rate because of immigrants and want to increase it to 100 percent in the coming years.

In 2017, Canada welcomed around 300,000 Syrian refugees. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was there to welcome them all. Canada is definitely leading the game when it comes to immigration.

Canada’s Generous Behavior With Immigrants Will Cost Them Greatly

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Mike Tippett is a Canadian entrepreneur, educator, and a columnist. He is the founder of NowPublic, a company that deals with citizen journalism. Some of his American entrepreneur friends had a talk with him before Trump took the office in January 2017. Tippett said that most of his friends had startups and tech companies in the Silicon Valley.

They were concerned because of US President’s take on immigration. Also, almost half of America’s startups are started by immigrants. The US tech companies knew it from the beginning that it will become difficult for immigrant skilled workers to get an US visa. Most tech companies have highly skilled immigrants working for them.

So Tippett gave a solution that will completely work in their favor. He told them to move to Vancouver, Canada and open offices there.

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Vancouver’s growing tech industry

Some of the major tech industries who have headquarters in Vancouver are Amazon, SAP, Microsoft, and Slack. Vancouver is closely located to major cities of the US as well. It is a two hour drive from Seattle. There are plenty of direct flights from San Francisco to Vancouver. Tippett feels there will be an increase in the tech industry count in Canada. Tippett owns another company True North, that helps tech immigrant workers with taxes and other necessary documents.

He said that earlier America was a country where you could go anytime and live the American dream. It doesn’t hold true anymore. You could be successful there and no one would kick you out. But now you never know when you will be deported.

Justin Trudeau’s government is fiercely marketing Canada as an alternative to America’s Silicon Valley. But immigrants can’t just show up. You have be highly skilled and deserving to be a part of Canada’s tech industry. Around 15,000 people illegally crossed the border from the US to Canada for a better life.

Canada Becoming A Hotbed For Startups and Innovation

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Canada is on its way to become the preferred destination for many ‘technopreneurs’ worldwide. Toronto is set to edge out the Silicon Valley and other places elsewhere, like for example many European countries.

The country north of USA has taken impressive measures in making the place attractive to businesses and entrepreneurs. It is not a surprise that this development coincides with the political changes happening globally. For example, the Canadian government has launched a startup visa this year. It allows foreign entrepreneurs to pitch in their innovative business plans to investors and allow them to have a PR if the investors come on board.

At the same time the political class in both Toronto and at the national level have adjusted policies and taxation levels to compliment the attraction. As more highly skilled talent migrates over to Canada, existing business and startups are lapping it up at a fast pace.

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Another event that propelled Canada and more specifically Toronto was the anti-immigration stance by the US administration. Many workers in the technology sector are migrating, or planning to migrate to Toronto. Their reasons are multi-fold. As if the scaremongering and immigration reforms were not enough, their primary reason seems to be the arduous journey in obtaining the coveted green card. Compared to the US, getting a permanent residence in Canada is much easier, according to some of them.

The heuristic view on this situation suggests that Canada is capitalizing on the visas and immigration fiasco that the US is undergoing now. It is not necessarily a bad thing though. Competition is always good for business. There is no conceivable doubt that when the US realizes what it is losing, there will be a quick reversal in its policy. Or it may begin to relax its visa norms.

In any case, the winner of this competition will neither be the US, nor Canada or any other developed country. It will always be you – the skilled migrant.

Asylum Seekers At The Canadian Border Triple In Number

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Canada prepares itself for rush of immigrants from Mexico

Canada is a place which has been attracting a fair share of immigrants since the visa debacle in the US and the restrictions in the UK. However, it has also been facing the problem of having asylum-seekers crowd up the borders illegally and this problem shows no sign of going away.

According to the latest Canadian government data, asylum seekers illegally crossing the U.S. border into Canada tripled if not more in the last month. Worried about Trump’s crackdown, some migrants are heading north to look for safety.

More than three thousand people crossed the border illegally in July in order to file refugee claims. They were arrested in numbers which was much higher than what was recorded in June.

Maximum of them went to Quebec where there has been a recent rise in the influx of asylum seekers. Opposition politicians and anti-immigrant groups are strongly opposed to the situation. Quebec also saw the entry of 3800 people in the first half of August. The federal and provincial governments are under tremendous pressure to deal with the situation where thousands of newcomers have arrived in less than two months.

Understanding the Problem

While Canada is known to be one of the most compassionate countries out there, the problem of refugee seekers is something that the Government of Canada has yet to address successfully. What is aiding the problem is that more refugees are now choosing Canada as their next home.

Canada is unable to provide shelter and social assistance for all the asylum seekers. The refugee crisis has hit an all-time low. The Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) has redeployed resources to efficiently deal with the Quebec arrivals. Haitians, who might be deported from the US after the expiration of their temporary protected status, are seeking asylum in Canada and are responsible for more than half the influx.

Cheaper fees and Better Jobs for International Students in Canada

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Cheaper Tuition fees and Better Jobs for International Students in CanadaThe major reasons why students from across the globe are moving to Canada for pursuing studies are the cheaper tuition fees, a faster visa process and most importantly better post-graduation job opportunities.

However students are facing several problem as they are unaware of Canadian norms. According to many students, cultural awareness sessions are highly beneficial and also by providing a senior student guide has been proven to be beneficial.

America has always dominated the market for foreign students but  Donald Trump’s victory  could make lives difficult in the country as an immigrant.However Canada has recently announced its tweak in its immigration system to help and boost economy and also declared sustained record immigration numbers. One of these policies will make it easier and simpler for international students to begin their working lives in Canada after they graduate.

Reportedly international students pay two to three times more tuition fees than Canadian students, making them the major contributors for the top universities across the country.It is estimated that the U.S. international student population is approximately worth $32 billion a year to the country’s economy. Most of the students are targetting top universities like Toronto and McGill.

International Graduates Under Express Entry

International students obtaining degrees and diplomas in Canada are now specifically awarded points. Students will get 30 extra points for completing a total three year post secondary, master’s, professional degree or doctorate, while those who complete post secondary diploma of at least one year can score 15 points. No points are awarded for a high school certificate acquired in the country.

However Canada’s provinces are already working upon the policies attracting international students to their universities, and on giving a warm welcome to international graduates through their immigration programs. It is also reported that the number of Canadian-born graduates who are dropping off from the college are increasing year after another.






PGP Applications Process to undergo changes in Canada

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Parents and Grandparents Program Applications Process is All Set to Change in CanadaParents and Grandparents Program (PGP) is all set to experience changes from 2017 cycle, as confirmed by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). According to these changes, now people are required to fill an online form depicting their interest in IRCC program for sponsoring parents or grandparents to live in Canada.

These online forms will be made available from January 3, 2017 on 12 pm EST to February 2, 2017 till 12pm EST. After this 30 days period, 10,000 forms will be selected randomly to submit further applications provided that these individuals should be the citizens or permanent residents of Canada. In case if more than one application is submitted, duplicate ones will be deleted from the record.

Chosen individuals would have to submit applications and required documents within 90 days from the invitation date. A complete guide will be made available on IRCC site from January 9, 2017. A notification will be provided by IRCC to all those who filled the online form no matter whether they are invited to send applications or not. Those 10,000 candidates who are selected only can submit further application and documents. Those who are not selected in the current cycle can try again in 2018.

In the earlier system, the applications for Parents and Grandparents Program were chosen on the basis of first come and first serve. But with the changes introduced in the system, IRCC believes that it will be a fairer decision this time to pick candidates for PGP.

John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said that, they are making changes on the basis of past applicants experiences. Through these reformed policies, everyone will have equal and fair chance to file application to sponsor their parents or grandparents.

It is a matter of fact that the Canadian Government is aiming at 20,000 new permanent resident entries to Canada through Parents and Grandparents Program in 2017.

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