Positive Signal To International Students As Canada Sets High Immigration Targets

The federal government of Canada has announced plans to welcome some 1,233,000 new immigrants into the country between 2021 and 2023, something that Universities Canada says will be a “positive signal” to international students. The targets were published by Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) following the announcements at the parliament.

In the report, Canada now aims to welcome 401,000 newcomers in 2021, 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023 – a goal which stakeholders and experts have said will be partly achieved by international students remaining in Canada after their studies.

“These recently announced immigration targets are a positive signal to international students that Canada is ready to welcome highly skilled talent from around the world,” Wendy Therrien, director of external relations at Universities Canada, said in a media report.

“Graduates of Canadian universities and colleges can benefit from clear government immigration pathways if they want to stay in Canada after their studies,” she said.

Cosmina Morariu, senior manager of Fragomen, a leading immigration law firm that provides immigration services, explained a study permit is one of the major gateways into Canada.

“It enables you to come and study and then after you complete your studies you can get a post-graduate work permit(PGWP), which is an open, very flexible permit that allows students to work for any employer, at any location in Canada.

“The maximum duration you can get on a post-graduate work permit is three years, so it is very convenient. The moment you have one year Canadian work experience, you can apply for permanent residence,” she Morariu.

Morariu explained that international students who applied for Canadian permanent residence after completing one year on a post-graduate work permit would make up a large part of the IRCC’s targets.

As international students will fall under the economic class program, a large number of them, if not the majority will be Canadian experience class, which comes from the international student population.

International students are likely to play a pivotal role in the government achieving its immigration targets between 2021 and 2023.

The majority of the international students are from India, China, Brazil, Nigeria, Korea, Vietnam, and now with an increase from the United States as well.

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