Canadian universities are seeing more foreign-born students enrolling than ever before, and the Canadian government is working to maintain this growth. Recognizing the benefits that international students bring to the country, the Canadian government has made strides in designing an immigration system that rewards the work, language and education experience of international students in Canada.
Securing a Canadian Work Permit
All applicants for a Canadian study permit are able to apply to bring their spouses or common-law partners, and/or dependent children. It’s important to note that the decision on whether a study permit will be granted always rests with the immigration official responsible for your case, and applying with your family may affect this decision.
Spouses and common-law partners of study-permit holders are eligible to apply for an open work permit during their stay in Canada. With this, partners of those studying will be able to work in Canada for as many employers as they choose, and wherever they like. Open work permits offer great freedom and flexibility, and allow the holder to gain valuable Canadian work experience.
Canadian Study and Work Experience Rewarded
Both study and work experience in Canada are highly rewarded in many Canadian immigration programs. The Federal Express Entry system, which targets international skilled workers with high language skills and educational experience, assigns significant points to those with previous connections to Canada through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).
Outside of the Express Entry system, several Canadian provinces offer immigration streams targeted at those with connections to the province. Success under one of these Provincial Nominee Program streams may lead to a nomination from the province, and an additional 600 CRS points added to a candidate’s Express Entry profile. With these extra points in hand, an applicant is in a very competitive place to receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Study and work permit holders will find that the pathway to permanent residence is effectively set up for them!
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