Overseas students in Canada from India who wish to secure the permanent residency upon completion of their studies will now be benefited by the revamping of the points allotment under the express entry scheme. Their educational credentials will assist them to obtain higher points.
At present there are around 50,000 Indian students in Canada and these numbers are increasing. In the earlier scenario, the overseas students pursuing their studies in Canada were not awarded any points.
According to the modifications announced by the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada the overseas students in Canada will now incur additional points for their application or permanent residency under the express entry scheme. These points will be awarded for the time they spent in Canada and the course of study, as quoted by The Times of India.
The Managing director of Migration Bureau Corp. and legal expert in Immigration Talha Mohani has said that earlier the applicants of permanent residency under the express entry scheme could earn a maximum number of 150 points for their educational credentials. The only advantage that the overseas students in Canada had was that they did not have to establish the degree’s equivalency.
According to the changes that have been made to the express entry scheme the overseas students who have secured their educational degree credentials in Canada will now be awarded extra 30 points, said Mohani. This will assist to improve their profile in the express entry group and enhance their chances of selection over other applicants, he explained.
For instance, an educational degree of post-secondary studies for three year period will fetch 30 points to the overseas students. A diploma of two to one-year duration could secure 15 points.
As per the statistics of the Canadian Magazine of Immigration of the government of Canada, the strength of the overseas students in Canada has increased even more than twice in the last ten years to 3.56 lakh in 2015 from 1.72 lakh in 2004. From 2012 onwards, India remains the second largest nation sending overseas students to Canada.
There were 48, 914 Indian students in Canada as compared to the mere 6, 675 students in 2004 which was a whopping increase of 630 percent. The most favored courses of study for students from India in Canada are business management, engineering, IT, hospitality management and courses related to pharmacy.
It is the opinion of the counselors that the number of overseas students arriving in Canada will continue to increase. A counselor in Mumbai has also said that Canada is quite keen on a growth that is inclusive. The modifications to the express entry scheme and the Trump led US administration will only facilitate more students to choose Canada as the destination for their studies.