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Canada ranked as one of the safest and stable countries for international students

In recent surveys which were conducted by an organization called Navitas Insights, it was claimed that Canada was one of the safest and stable countries for international students. This result was due to Canada’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has made Canada the top choice for international immigrant aspirants who wish to study abroad.

Additionally, Canada is also considered to be one of the most ‘open and welcoming’ country along with one of the most ‘safe and stable’ country.

Canada has ensured that there are a minimum number of causalities caused due to the pandemic and has taken various measures to stop its spread. Canada has issued travel restrictions from March 18, 2020, till Jan 31, 2021, and is making sure to allow international students to travel to Canada if the students and their study institutes follow all the precautionary protocols issued by the Canadian government correctly.

International students are only allowed to enter Canada if their Designated Learning Institution (DLI) has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place.

According to the Canadian government, Coronavirus Readiness Plan is necessary because it;

  • Protects the health and safety of all students and the surrounding community
  • Describes how they will manage the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for international students, including arrangements for transportation to the students’ quarantine location.
  • Provides information and support to international students about how they can get the items they need for their quarantine, like food and medications.

There is a mandatory 14-day quarantine imposed for everyone traveling to Canada.

Canadian immigration pathways:

Express Entry:

The Canadian express entry is an online system that is used to manage the applications of skilled workers for permanent residence and identifying which of them are eligible for the invite.

Express Entry oversees Canada’s three main economic classes which are – the Federal Skilled Workers Program, The Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. ITA’s are issued to a certain number of top-ranked candidates in the Express Entry pools to apply for their permanent residence in the regular draws that usually takes place every two weeks and incorporates the vast majority of candidates from the three main economic classes managed by express entry.  In the process of selecting candidates to be invited for permanent residence, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score remains the top priority and the primary factor. The cut-off CRS score can be influenced by certain factors such as the size of the draw and period between draws. This implies that the CRS cut-off score would be lower if the pool size is bigger and if there is less time between two draws and vice-versa. Factors such as age, education, skilled work experience, and proficiency in English and French also play a major role in determining the CRS score.

The standard time that is taken for a permanent residence application filed through the Express Entry System to process takes around six months, as stated by the Government of Canada.

Provincial Nomination Program (PNP):

If a candidate is interested in a specific province or territory, they can opt for the Provincial Nomination Program. In PNP, Candidates are selected based on the local labor market needs of the certain province or territory the candidate is applying in. Most provinces and territories take part in PNP. Once candidates receive the provincial nomination, they are awarded additional 600 CRS points, which guarantees them an Express Entry invites for a Permanent Residence.

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