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More Than 60% Intl Students Want Canadian PR

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More than 500,000 international students enrolled in Canadian colleges and universities in 2017, the highest ever till the date. Canada’s growing popularity can be credited to the Express Entry system that was started by Trudeau administration in 2015. According to Canadian Bureau of International Education, more than 60 percent international students want Canadian permanent residency and stay in the North American country after their studies are complete.

More than 14,000 international students participated in the CBIE survey. The percent increased by nine percent from 51 percent in 2015. Leah Nord, stakeholder, Relations, and Director of Board Member CBIE, said that the number reveals the permanent residency visa is a strong point to consider for choosing their country for studying abroad. She also mentioned that while so many students want to stay back after completing their education, the Canadian government needs to put more efforts to make things easier for international students, so that more stay back. CBIE Member of Director Board emphasized that foreign-born students should be provided with more guidance and support at college and university level so that they are prepared to enter the real world.

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Amy Braye, International Education Centre Manager, Mount Saint Vincent University, feels that foreign-born students’ intention to remain in Canada after completing education is generally perceived positively in the Canadian society. Braye also said that there are many job prospects for international students to stay and work in Canada, helping them to apply for permanent residency. She also emphasized that the Canadian government and provincial governments need to do more in helping the students and giving them more opportunities and provide them with a headway into their sectors.

Indians make the most number of international students in Canada, followed by China and South Korea. Indians also make up the highest number of candidates who received Express Entry invitations.

Canada’s express entry – why it pays to have the right occupation

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Express entry was introduced by Canada in January 2015, to streamline the immigration process.  Since then, the current government has set to overhauling the whole process which is why the year end report on express entry assumes importance. The latest Express Entry report on the first 12 months on the immigration process to Canada provides a wide range of extremely useful information for those who have enrolled for it. Also, the data mentioned in the report covers the first 23 draws in 2015.

What is Express Entry?

Here the eligible applicants are required to submit a profile into the introduced pool of Express entry. Then their profiles are ranked according to the CRS score where the score is calculated based on their education, background, occupation etc. From here the government selects the topmost ranked applicants on a priority basis.

In 2015, the total number of invitations issued was around 31,063 to those who were looking to migrate to Canada. As per the report :

  •  A number of applicants have IT as a part of their occupation issued by the ITAs, whereas those who were working for the food and related services have also scored pretty well.
  •  A majority of applicants who were issued the ITAs were already residing in the country itself.
  •  There are also a huge number of candidates who were invited from all over the world especially from countries like China, UK, India, Philippines, and Ireland.

Primary Focus on occupation

The Government of Canada has stated that the new Express Entry system would make sure that Canada’s economy and the labor market’s requirements are met by all successful applicants. Also, when the Express Entry system was compared to the previous ones, the total intake of the work permit caps for certain occupations were done away with. There’s no doubt that the Express Entry is a flexible system, one which is more responsive to the requirements of the Canadian employers and other provinces.

The eligible candidates who get a qualifying job offer or a Provincial Nomination Certificate are reportedly issued ITAs by a draw from the pool, on the basis of the occupation of the candidate. You should also note that a valid job offer is not the only consideration when it comes to getting an ITA. Last year over 40% ITAs were issued to those who did not have a job offer or did not meet the bare requirements, for a valid one. Nevertheless, it has become apparent that the main focus of Express entry happens to the applicant’s profession and any valid job offers they may have received – for with a good job offer, the applicant may receive an ITA at the earliest.

Canada Eases Restrictions On Immigrants And Students Planning To Applying For Citizenship

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Canada eases restrictions on immigrants and students planning to applying for citizenship

As per the latest Canada news and updates, it has been reported that the government of Canada is gearing up to reverse the most controversial bill, amending their Canadian Visa program and citizenship charter that were introduced earlier under the previous government. The program was initially led by Stephen Harper the hide bounded ex Prime Minister of Canada but now, the controversial bill post amendments and changes, will be passed into law, under the current liberal government.

The bill introduced is named as C-6. This bill is also considered as a masterpiece of the New Canadian Government and its latest legislative agenda. Whereas the Liberal bodies of the Canadian House Immigration Committee announced that the bill is expected to pass into the law during Canada Day which is July 1, 2016.  As for additional changes and amendments being introduced on this bill, it will depend on how the bill is received by the senators and the resulting debate on the same, before it is enacted into law by them.

It is expected that the legislation will also reduce the time a permanent resident needs to reside in Canada so as to become eligible in order to apply for the citizenship – this can be from 4 out of 6 years to 3 out of 5 years. This would allow the immigrants who spend time in Canada on the temporary resident status to calculate and meet the bare minimum that would be required, as by the new law so as to apply for citizenship. This proposal has been welcomed by immigrants, foreign workers and the students who are currently enrolled in international study programs who look forward to a longer stay in Canada.

Additionally, as per the Canada Visa news and Canada Visa Updates the government of Canada now has the right to seize all the documents that are utilized to get the citizenship via illegal methods or fraudulently.

Presently the Canada’s immigration authorities are moving towards the cancellation of citizenship of a number of people right after the auditor general made some unsavory comments where he claimed that the current government is not doing much to curtail fraud especially in those seeking to apply for citizenship. According to the reports there are certain instances of the people residing in Canada with some serious criminal records, yet managed to obtain Canadian citizenship using fake addresses.

The proposed changes in  the Citizenship Act

Below is the  list of all the  proposed amendments along with  how they will commute to the present Citizenship Act :

The Present  Act The Proposed Amendment
Here, the Officials can revoke the citizenship for some of the acts that are totally hostile to the national interest of Canada and its government. The mentioned grounds includes the  persuasion of terrorism, acts of treason towards the host country or  spying offenses along with the type of the sentence received or for the membership in any armed militia, lastly engaged in any  armed or illegal conflict with Canada. Revoke national interest grounds for revocation.
The applicants are required to have the intentions in terms of residing in Canada if they are granted the citizenship. Revoke the intent to reside provision.
The applicants must be physically present for 4 out of the 6 years before applying for the citizenship. The time for the presence has been reduced to 3 out of the 5 years before applying for the desired citizenship.
The total time spent in Canada temporarily will not be counted The Applicants may now calculate the days and time of their presence in the country as a temporary resident or as a sponsored person before applying for citizenship
All the applicants must be 14-64 of age Should also meet all the language requirements and must pass the knowledge test. The applicants must be of 18-54 of age and should meet all the language requirements along with clearing the knowledge test.
No visa authority is allowed to seize fraudulent documents when it comes to processing applications. Now, the authorities are allowed to seize all the documents provided to the authorities during the processing of the Citizenship act, if there is a reasonable ground to be believed that the application is fraudulent or it is being utilized fraudulently.

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