Solid Foundations for International Graduates

In November 2016, the federal government announced changes to the Express Entry system to make it easier for international graduates to become permanent residents of Canada. The changes, which became effective on November 19, 2016, greatly benefit Canada’s International Graduates.  Relevant changes include: Arranged Employment is now worth only 50 points in most cases (200 for senior managerial positions); Canadian…


Maximize Your Options – Express Entry for International Graduates

The landscape for international students seeking to transition to permanent residence after graduation has changed considerably in the last 12 months. Gone are the days when an international graduate of a Canadian post-secondary institution could be assured of being able to apply for permanent residence on the strength of obtaining a post-graduate Work Permit, working in Canada for a year in a skilled position and…


Changes to regulations related to International Students and Study Permits

Canada has long been recognized as one of the top destinations for international students pursing higher education.  Indeed, the federal government issues thousands of Study Permits every year to Foreign Nationals who are intending to study in Canada.  However, with its growth, the International Student Program has experienced an increasing number of problems in recent years.  In many cases, unlicensed and…


Routes to permanent residence for International Students

In previous articles I have talked in the past about various routes to permanent residence for International Students residing in British Columbia and other parts of Canada.  For those in BC, the BC Provincial Nominee Program’s International Graduates category remains an excellent option.  And graduate students in BC should be aware that the International Post-Graduate Pilot Project has recently been extended until…


Immigration Options for International Students Outside of BC

As I discussed in a previous article, the federal government and many of the provinces have, over the last several years, come to recognize that international students make great potential immigrants. As a result, various avenues have opened up to allow international students to work in Canada and convert their status to that of a permanent resident. In this article we will look at some of the options outside of…


Immigration Options for International Students

The federal government and many of the provinces have, over the last several years, come to recognize that international students make great potential immigrants.  As a result, various avenues have opened up to allow international students to work in Canada and convert their status to that of a permanent resident. International students, especially those that complete university and college programs in Canada, make…


Vancouver’s Diversity Advantage

Last month, the widely read British magazine The Economist named Vancouver the best city in the world to live based on its “livability index” survey. It was the fifth year in a row Vancouver finished in first place. The survey, conducted by the “Economist Intelligence Unit”, ranks cities around the world based on 40 individual factors in categories such as stability, health care, environment, education and…


The Advantages of Canadian Citizenship

Approximately 250,000 immigrants land in Canada each year. Most, although not all, of these new permanent residents come here intending to make Canada their new home. And in the years after landing, many immigrants apply to become Canadian citizens. Last year, the issue of dual citizenship became somewhat controversial in light of the Canadian government’s evacuation of some 15,000 Lebanese-Canadians from Lebanon…


Microsoft Announcement Highlights Benefits of Smart Immigration Policy

I must be getting pretty good at this column-writing stuff. Last month, I looked at the proposed U.S. immigration bill and compared some of its provisions to Canada’s existing immigration selection system. I closed the column by predicting that the U.S. bill would not likely become law any time soon – despite President Bush’s assertions to the contrary -- and by pointing out that this is actually good news for…


Americans Move Toward Points-based Selection System for Skilled Immigrants

In Canada we have been using a “points system” to select skilled immigrants for approximately four decades now. It has become the cornerstone of our immigration selection system and the basis for selecting almost half of all immigrants each year. Although it has been revised and amended from time to time, the principle remains the same: select immigrants based on their skills, work experience, education, language…