Indian students make up over 30% of Canada’s international students
Posted on September 13, 2022
Highlights: Indian students in Canada
- 30% of foreign students are Indians in Canada due to its stability, safety, and tolerance in the country.
- International students are allowed to have a job and work for certain hours per week.
- Indian Students who are eligible to apply for the study permit under Student Direct Stream (SDS). The usual standard service time that SDS takes to process the study permit applications is 20 days.
- International students are allowed to work off campus for a minimum of 20 hours a week after reaching Canada for a study program. Students can hold multiple jobs to fill in the hours.
Indian students in Canada
Canada is been a top choice for foreign students due to its safety, security, and tolerance in Canada along with the high-quality education that is available in Canada, statistics released by the Canadian Bureau of International students.
This statistic is especially true for Indian students who opt for Canada very often for their overseas studies. Canada has 30% of international students as Indians, which sums up to become 217,000 by Dec 31, 2021.
Canada is popular among Indian students because of its shared language, i.e., English and huge, and well-established Indian communities across the country. International students have a chance to have a job and work for a particular number of hours per week.
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Strategy to study in Canada
Canada has multiple numbers of named schools, universities, colleges, and post-secondary institutions that are well-received and welcoming to international students. To be qualified for the right program and to attend the university, there are certain that need to be followed.
Explore well about the place where you want to study
Always take some time to find about the study programs that are aligned well with your career goals, by searching about the location where your school/college is located, and the daily life over there. Ensure about the program that you choose is under a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Check regularly about this information on the Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
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A Designated Learning Institution (DLI) is a school that is approved by a provincial or territorial government to host foreign students. It is hard to get a study permit or a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) for an international student if their school/college does not have the DLI status.
When you have made a decision on the college or institution that you want to join and attend, then only you have to take the next step and apply for it.
Letter of acceptance (LOA)
You will obtain a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) when your application sent to DLI is approved. This letter is required to submit while applying for a study permit. Ensure the letter has the following details mentioned.
- The name and contact information of the DLI
- Your name, date of birth, and mailing address
- The Program of study you choose, the level of the program, duration of the study, its start date, and approximate date of completion.
Apply for a study permit
The moment you receive your LOA, you can begin applying for the study permit directly to the IRCC. Apart from this, to obtain the study permit, you need the following documents
- Proof of financial support to support your living expenses and also cover your tuition fees in Canada
- Police certificates
- Medical exams, if applicable
- Letter of explanation detailing your career goals and purposes, and ties to your home country
*Note: To apply for DLI in the province of Quebec, you are also required to have a document ‘Certificatd of Acceptation du Quebec’ (CAQ) along with your application to submit to IRCC.
How to apply for a student permit under the Student Direct Stream (SDS)?
Indian Students who are eligible to apply for the permits of study using the Student Direct Stream (SDS). The residents from a list of countries by default have study permit applications that are accelerated under this stream. The standard service that SDS takes is 20 days.
SDS provides there are more eligibility requirements. Apart from the requirements that are permitted using the normal study stream, students can apply to have a Guaranteed Investment Certificate (GIC) through SDS with a bank in Canada of $10,000 CAD. Along with this. There is a requirement of language proficiency with a minimum of 6.0 on each skill of the IELTS that has writing, reading, speaking, and listening sections.
Arrival to Canada
Under a student permit, the student is allowed to work off campus for around 20 hours a week once you have reached Canada to begin the study program. This can happen during the study of regular semesters and full-time study even during the breaks such as summers or winter holidays. You can opt for multiple jobs without having a limit to fill in the hours.
The moment your study program ends, you will not be allowed to work in Canada as a student and required to apply for a work permit if you are willing to stay and work in Canada.
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Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)
Many qualified Graduates always stay back in Canada by applying for a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). PGWP makes the fresh Graduates of Canadian learning schools or institutions stay and work in Canada after graduation.
The work experience that is obtained during the PGWP permit, you get a chance to become a PR using the Express Entry, PNP, and other immigration pathways.
Usually, the PGWP length equates with the educational program length, for up to a maximum length of three years.
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