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Students Associations Tell Canada to Remove Barriers to PSW

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Students Associations Tell Canada to Remove Barriers to PSWIn a bid to improve the immigration system for international students in Canada, the Canadian Alliance of Students Associations (CASA) presented recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

In September, Canada launched a study on migration challenges and opportunities for the country in the 21st century with CASA as one of the evidence providers.

While commenting, Adam Brown, chairman of CASA board, told the study committee that the Canadian government needs to get rid of administrative and regulatory barriers that may proof stumbling blocks for students seeking jobs and residence after graduation because international students are imperative to finding solutions to skill shortages.

CASA’s recommendations

CASA proposed a few key recommendations to the committee including; a six-month window after graduation to look for employment as well as internships and work experience program participation minus an additional work permit. They also advised that rules that hinder post-secondary staff from giving immigration advice be relaxed to provide room for flexibilities.

CASA board chair argued that it takes five months, on the average, to get a job in Canada after graduation hence the need for a longer window. He explained that the current window of 90 days (three months) given for getting employment after graduation is not realistic regarding current workforce situations in the country, let alone taking into consideration the life’s complications that could happen after graduation.

Mr. Brown also added that the requirements set for post-secondary staff to get a certificate that will permit them to give immigration advice are so high that many international students are not able to get migration information on campus. He said some institutions could not meet the commitment of time and resources required for the certification.

CASA believes that if these things are adjusted, international students will give more back to the system; hence Canada will be better off.

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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.

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