More international undergraduates are coming to Canada than to the United Kingdom, with tighter immigration rules in the UK cited as one of the main reasons why Canada has now overtaken its European counterpart.
An all-party parliamentary group in the UK announced this week that immigration strategy is costing the country its share of international students, with many of them instead choosing to study in other countries, such as Canada. The group echoes recent warnings made by UK politicians and academics that the inclusion of international students in targets to cut net migration risks putting them off coming to the UK in the first place.
Meanwhile, the new government of Canada has increased overall immigration target levels and announced that it aims to find ways to make the immigration process simpler and more straightforward for international students once they have completed their studies in Canada.
Immigration Minister John McCallum recently stated that Canada “must do more to attract students to this country as permanent residents,” adding that “they are the cream of the crop in terms of potential future Canadians.”
Such positive, welcoming rhetoric from the Canadian Immigration Minister is a far cry from comments made over recent months and years by peers in other developed countries, such as the UK and United States. Last year, the UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, was forced to defend a government plan to expel international students from the UK after graduation.
There are multiple reasons beyond immigration strategy as to why Canada is now more favoured by international undergrads.
With quality and more affordable tuition, safe cities, employment options (both during and after the study period), and as a pathway to Canadian permanent residence, the decision to study in Canada can be one of the most important, and best, decisions made by young people from around the world.
Moreover, an increasing number of Canadian education institutions are quickly gaining global renown for the breadth of research and learning opportunities on offer.
To learn more about specific advantages that studying in Canada can offer, compared with competitor countries, consider the following:
- Canada is a vast, diverse nation with different living and learning environments. To learn more about provinces and locations for studying in Canada, click here.
- Transfer programs allow international students in Canada to begin studying at a college, but later transfer to a university.
- Foreign spouses or common-law partners of international students can also come to Canada with an open work permit.
- International students in Canada can work off-campus while studying, allowing them to gain an income, build up valuable Canadian work experience, and make professional connections that can help kick-start their career.
- Upon graduation, international students in Canada may obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit for up to three years. This open work permit allows graduates to work for any employer in Canada.
- Canada wants its cohort of international students to build their careers in Canada. Therefore, there are many ways for students to obtain Canadian permanent resident status after completing studies in Canada.
To learn more about your options for studying in Canada, click here.
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