It is often questioned and wondered as of what options a student will be having once he/she completes their high school education! The constant and exhaustive persuasion on students to follow a particular trail of methods has been long gone, allowing them to expand their horizon, eventually allowing them to look for wider possibilities in different parts of the world. As a result, every year a huge number of students go abroad to pursue their graduation/degree and thereby develop their skills & career in a profoundly better way.
In this blog, you would get to know what would be the best place for you to study abroad, your options for universities & courses to choose from, your life there, work options, application procedures, after study options & more.,
What Factors You Should Consider Before You Choose a Place to Study Abroad?
Before you get to choose your destination, you should know that you’ll be spending the next four years of your life pursuing your degree in this destination (the time period might differ according to the chosen program). So here are some important factors you should be looking into before you decide a place:
- Academic Goals
- Stay Options
- Cost of Living
- After Study Options (Job Opportunities) & more.,
Conducting a deep research & understanding the above-mentioned reasons will influence your life abroad to a very great extent. When students come to us asking for an ideal place to pursue their degree abroad, we would without hesitating say that there’s no better place than Canada. Reading the below-mentioned reasons will help you understand why Canada is an ideal study abroad destination for you to pursue your degree.
1. Language: –
Language is one important barrier and a huge drawback for students who wish to pursue their ambitions abroad. The official language of Canada is English & French which means that communication will not be a problem for you or any other student choosing to study in Canada.
2. Environment: –
Canada has some cities which are ranked among the top liveable cities in the world. Finding yourself in a city like Calgary, Toronto & more could change your life drastically to the better. The country has an ideal environment making Canada a suitable destination to be considered by students.
3. Culture: –
There comes the important part! Canada could be one the most culturally diverse countries you could have ever been in! The country has people & students coming from all parts of the world making it a place where you could meet a lot of new people, learn their culture and gain new global connections which could be a lot more useful during the latter than you could possibly imagine now
4. Academic Goals: –
Choosing a destination that gives you very less opportunities for you to meet & pursue your academic goals will be doing no good for your career on a long-term basis. Canada is a country that almost has every field grown and grants ample opportunities to students who opt to study there.
5. Elevate Your Standards: –
Studying in Canada helps you gain a whole new perspective on how things work. You get exposed to innovative learning methods which would help you improve your knowledge & skills and the end result would be you ending up with better job opportunities!
There are more reasons why you should consider Canada for your higher studies like cost of living, part-time work options, after study options which we will be seeing later below.
Basic Eligibilities You Should Meet to Study in a Canadian College/University:
Now, since you have known why you should be studying in Canada, let’s get down to the part about the eligibilities you should be meeting to study in Canada. A student who has completed his/her high school (twelfth standard) and willing to pursue their UG course in Canada should meet the following prerequisites:
- He/she should have taken up an IELTS Exam (Academic IELTS) and should have scored a minimum of 6 points in all four modules (Contact us for tips & tricks and guidance on IELTS Exam).
- A minimum of 55% in their twelfth examinations with Math as a subject.
- Possession of a Valid passport
- Proof of funds to ensure that the student can take care of themselves during their period of study.
Universities & Courses in Canada: –
Canada has found its place among the top 10 educational systems in the world. The country has some of the well-known universities, each having its specialization areas. Students get to choose from a wide variety of courses & universities leaving them with abundant choices making Canada an ideal study abroad destination for international students.
Well-Known Canadian Universities
- University of Waterloo
- University of British Columbia
- University of Saskatchewan
- Western University
- Cape Breton University
- Capilano University
- University of Regina
- George Brown College & more.,
Popular Programs to be Studied in Canada
- IT & Networking
- Finance & Accounting
- Health Science
- Engineering & Management
- Arts & Science & more.,
What Are the Admission Procedures that Should Be Followed?
Everything mentioned above is just a kickstart process which makes you understand how it would be to pursue your degree in Canada and the benefits accompanied with. To enrol yourself in a Canadian University, there are a lot of things that should be looked into and be carried out methodically and to be honest, it needs expert guidance & knowledge in every step of the process. We guide you through the entire process right from the beginning till the very end. The process is being explained in detail below:
Step 1: Starting Out Early: –
It is quite important and a must that we start off with the process early. In the beginning, we help you understand how things work when getting yourself enrolled in a foreign university. It is advisable to start off before 7 – 8 months of the beginning of the course. Every university has its own intake periods. (Canadian Universities have their intakes during January, May & September. Starting now would allow you to get yourself enrolled for the September intake. We generally suggest students to start off with the process at least a year before the intake periods). It is recommended that you get in touch with us during the beginning of your final year of schooling to get an idea.
Step 2: Shortlisting Courses & Colleges: –
We sit, discuss things with you and help you understand the market & industry scenario, showing to you what courses would be suitable for you to take up and the employment prospects behind it. Once the course is decided, we proceed and shortlist around 6 – 7 best universities & colleges for you.
Step 3: Taking Up IELTS Exams: –
Taking up Academic IELTS Exams is one of the primary requirements you have to meet to be considered eligible to study in Canada. An IELTS Exam consists of four modules which are Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing under which you have to score a minimum of 6 points in all four modules. An IELTS exam will be valid only for two years and it is important that you make the most of it during its validity. IELTS Exam was designed by the Cambridge University and is taken care & managed jointly by IDP and the British Council. The exams are conducted every month making it easy for you to get prepared and schedule according to your planned process (Taking up your IELTS Exam somewhere in the middle of your final year of schooling would be considered ideal).
Step 4: Submission of Documents Before Deadline: –
All necessary documents required for the process should be submitted well in advance before the deadline to avoid any delays or rejection of the application. The required documents are being listed below:
- Academic Documents (Marksheets)
- IELTS Exam Scores
- Financial Documents
- Supporting Documents as required & more
Step 5: Visa Filing Process
When all the procedures are done and the application is submitted before the deadline, the respective college/university will send you a Letter of Acceptance after which the visa should be filed (It should be noted that the visa should be filed prior to three months of the course start date).
Step 6: Departure & Landing: –
On receiving a Canadian Study Visa, all that is left is the departure & landing process. We make sure that you have a safe & comfortable journey by assisting you till the very end you find your place in your respective college.
Cost of Living & Stay Options in Canada
Since we are done with the admission procedures and we also hope that you are clear with the process (in case you have any queries, feel free to contact us), you might have cost-related questions climbing up your mind now!
Not to worry because Canada is a country where the cost of living for students is comparatively less when compared to other countries! The cost of living in Canada per annum will cost you an approximate of CAD $10,000. The country also offers you a number of accommodation options. You get to accommodate yourself in one of the following options:
- Dormitory (Offered by the respective university/college)
- Home Stay (Stay options offered by retired couples & families)
- Apartment (Though this is a bit costlier, sharing it with known people can cut down costs)
Part-Time Work Options in Canada
You also get part-time work options when you study in Canada. Working part-time could help you manage your tiny expenses and improve your skills. As a student, you can work up to 20 hours per week. Below-mentioned are some of the jobs you can work on part-time:
- International Students Recruiter
- Recreation Facilitator
- Book Store Keeper
- Life Guard at Swimming Pool
- Research Assistant & more.,
After Study Options: –
What would you do after completing your studies in Canada? Well, the answer is you can start to work right away in Canada but only if you have a Canadian Post-Graduation Work Permit Visa. The post-graduation work permit visa allows you to work in Canada provided you meet certain requirements. The validation of a Canadian Post Graduation Work Permit may vary anywhere from eight to three years. Some of the basic criteria that you have to meet are:
- You should have studied a full-time course in Canada for a minimum of at least 8 months.
- You should be possessing a valid study permit visa when you apply for the work permit visa.
- You should be applying for a work permit visa within 90 days of your course completion and should have a written confirmation from your respective college/university stating that you have met the requirements of the program.
- You also should have cleared the study program that you are into and receive a written notification stating you are eligible to obtain your respective degree.
**To know more about the Post-Graduate Work Permit Visa, click here
Why You Should Choose CanApprove to Study Abroad?
We’ve been helping students achieve their dreams by assisting them in their immigration and by giving valuable & thoughtful insights for the past twenty years.
“We truly believe that if you are a person who dreams to study abroad, you should definitely do it no matter what”
We understand how important your dreams & ambitions are and we help you take the right decisions by carefully planning & executing things which could influence your career in the positive direction to a great extent.
If you have read this far, then it is without a doubt clear that you are looking for opportunities to pursue your higher education in Canada. You should get in touch with one of our education consultants to check your requirements and to clear your queries for free!
Canada Express Entry is a faster and simpler way for individuals and families from across the world to migrate to Canada. The Express Entry system that came into existence in 2015 manages and processes applications received through Canada’s federal economic immigration programs. The candidates are selected for Canada immigration through Express Entry based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores. It is a score out of 1200 and the highest scoring candidates are invited to apply for Canada PR in the Express Entry draws that are conducted regularly.
When we observe the common pattern of Express Entry draws that were held in 2018, we can see that the minimum CRS score requirement to be invited to apply for permanent residence swung between 440 and 445 points. Immigration experts are of the opinion that the minimum CRS requirement is less likely to come down from this range in the near future. So, the best option for those with low CRS score is to find an alternative way to obtain Canada PR.
Applying for provincial nomination through the Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream is a great option for them. This Express Entry-linked stream of Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has recently been revised to make it accessible for more eligible immigrants. Earlier, candidates were required to have a minimum CRS score of 400 to be considered under the stream. This has been waived in the recent rules changes and the minimum CRS scores are now decided by the director.
Ontario has already conducted three draws with CRS score requirements below 400. Two out of these targeted candidates with a job offer from an Ontario employer and the remaining one invited candidates with French speaking abilities (CLB 7 or higher). The minimum CRS score requirement in the draw held on August 9 was 350. Candidates with CRS scores below 400 are likely to be invited in the future draws of the stream as well.
But one important thing we have to note here is that all the candidates with CRS score below 400 were selected based on either their job offer or their French-speaking skills. It means a job offer or your French speaking abilities might help you to obtain a provincial nomination from Ontario. However, neither a job offer nor French-speaking skills is a must to apply through the Human Capital Priorities Stream.
The Express Entry candidate who receives a provincial nomination from Ontario will get 600 additional CRS points as a result of which, they will be invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada in the subsequent Express Entry draws.
The Human Capital Priorities Stream helps OINP select candidates with skills and human capital factors listed in the eligibility criteria. OINP has so far issued 3,534 Notifications of Interest (NOI) through HCP Stream in 2018.
Contact us for a free assessment to know if you are eligible to apply for Canada immigration through provincial nominee programs
Canada is witnessing significant growth in the demand for workers in the field of trades & technology. Studies have shown that the demand for workers in trades-related occupations has risen from 17 per cent to 133 per cent. Studying a course related to trades & technology is a great way to start a career and obtain permanent residence in Canada.
Here are a few courses related to trades & technology you can choose to start a career in Canada
Power engineering technician
Power engineering technician study programs equip students to take up supervisory and management jobs in power plant systems and personnel. Power engineering technicians are responsible for operating industrial boilers, pumps, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The demand for power engineering technicians is on rise as ever and there are a lot of opportunities for them in mining, power generation and energy sectors.
The courses that help one to become power engineering technician in Canada include:
1. Diploma in Power Engineering Technology (Duration: Two years) -- Saskatchewan Polytechnic
2. Power Engineering Technician (Duration: 1 year) – Parkland College, Saskatchewan
3. Power Engineering Technician, Ontario College Diploma (Duration: Two years) --Confederation College, Ontario
4. Diploma in Power Engineering Technology (Duration: Two years)-Red River College, Manitoba
In automotive technician courses, students learn the theory and practice that equip them with skills required to work in simulated automotive workshops. One-year certificate or two-year diploma programs are available in this field. The areas of study include diagnosing, repairing and installing engines, suspension and brake systems, body and trim etc. besides the fuel technology systems and electronics and emission systems of vehicles.
1. Motive Power Technician – Automotive (Co-op) Diploma (Duration: Two years)--Niagara College, Ontario
2. Automotive Service Technology Diploma (International Cohort) (Duration: Two years)- Vancouver Community College
Heavy Truck equipment technician
Heavy Truck Equipment Technician programs provide students hands-on experience in maintaining, repairing and overhauling heavy vehicles and industrial equipment. The students also learn to interpret work orders, test repaired equipment, and repair and replace defective parts.
1. Heavy Duty Equipment Technician (Duration: 36 weeks)--Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia
2. Precision Metal Machining (Duration: One year)—Red River College College, Manitoba
3. Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic Certificate course (Duration: One year) -- Red River College, ,Manitoba
Autobody technician courses offered in Canada combines hands-on training with learning in deep about mechanical systems, automobile parts and functions, and workplace safety.
1. Auto Body Technician Certificate Program(Duration: One year)-- Saskatchewan Polytechnic
2. Auto body repair technician diploma(Duration: Two years)-- Centennial College, Ontario
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1. Better chances for permanent residencyThere are thousands of Indians who have been waiting to obtain their US Green Card, even for almost five to six years. Moreover, the US has also recently cancelled the spousal work permits for H1B holders. In short, the US is turning increasingly hostile towards foreign students and their aspirations to settle in the country after studies. At the same time, Canada has a number of immigration programs that allow international students to apply for permanent residence once they finish their studies. Permanent residence in Canada comes with work rights for the spouses, free education for children and free healthcare for the family among many other benefits. This is a major reason why many Indian students prefer Canada over USA.
2. High quality of life, low cost of livingCanada promises a quality life in a peaceful and nurturing atmosphere. The hostile policies towards foreign students and immigrants and a surge in racism and related crimes in the US have made the Indian students turn their focus towards Canada. There was a significant rise in the number of foreign students seeking admission in Canadian institutions in the past few years. This can be attributed to a certain extent to the political atmosphere caused by Trump rule in the US and Brexit in the UK.
3. A welcoming atmosphereInterestingly, these are not the only reasons for the rise in the number of international students in Canada. Canada is also taking concrete steps to attract more international students to the country. Canadian student visa or study permit is comparatively easier to obtain and the admission procedures are simpler. Moreover, international students can work for three years in Canada after their studies, unlike the US where the foreign students do not have such an option. Canada also promotes diversity that helps foreign students to feel more at home. In Canada, one is free to follow his/her own culture without having to face hostility.
4. High quality educationCanadian degrees have high value in the international job market. Canadian government also gives highest priority to ensure that the education offered in Canadian institutions of higher education is of world-class quality. Many Canadian universities are among the list of the best universities in the world.
5. High employment rateCanadian graduates enjoy high employment prospects, both in Canada and abroad. Most of the graduates from Canadian institutions are getting placed within six months after their graduation. The courses offered by Canadian universities are industry-oriented, preparing students to easily adapt to work life and perform well. This is yet another positive reason why more Indian students are choosing Canada as their international study destination. Canada offers a lot of opportunities for Indian students! To know if you are eligible for studying in Canada, contact us for a free assessment.
If you are planning to immigrate to Canada, you must be wondering how to open a bank account and do banking in the new country. Canada has a national system of banking with five large banks having branches across the country and many small and regional banks. The banking system in Canada is highly competitive and consumers have many options to choose from. Moreover, Canadian banks maintain a high level of security, meaning the money deposited in a Canadian bank will be safe and the customers need not have to worry about it.
Now here are a few things you need to know about the Canadian banking system as a newcomer:
1. Opening a bank account:
In Canada, anybody can open a bank account if they meet the identification requirements specified in the Access to Basic Banking Services Regulations under the Bank Act. You can open a bank account even if you don't have a job, don't have money to put in the account or have been bankrupt.
For identification purpose, you may produce documents including:
- a Canadian driver’s license
- a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
- a Certification of Naturalization
- a Permanent Resident card or Citizenship and Immigration Canada Form IMM 1000 or IMM 1442.
2. Choosing the type of account
The Canadian banks, which are more than 20 in number, offer around a 100 types of consumer bank account packages to choose. Besides, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada has a simple, free, online tool that helps the customers compare different types of accounts. There are certain packages that are specifically meant for newcomers in Canada. You can choose an account type that is competitive, affordable and suits your needs best.
3. Security for your deposit is guaranteed
All Canadian banks that take retail deposits are members of the Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC). The banks in Canada are regulated and managed well. Even if a bank fails, which is highly unlikely in Canada, the savings and deposits of the customers will remain protected.
4. Sending money to home country
Some newcomers may have to send money to their family members or friends in other countries. Banks charge a fee for these transactions called remittances. Banks in Canada offer remittance services in a number of currencies. If the person you are sending money to does not have a bank account, you can choose services like Western Union, MoneyGram etc.
5. Help to start a business
Banks in Canada offer a range of services for small business owners. These include providing finance, information, advice, lines of credit, overdraft protection, telephone banking, online banking, venture loans, and payroll and cash management services. Banks also conduct seminars and workshops for small business owners and aspiring business people to help them start or manage their business better.
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Canada, which now is the favourite immigration & hotspot destination among people has its reasons why it has become so. The Canadian Immigration dream is being still pursued by an endless number of individuals who do not have the required knowledge & proper assistance they need to immigrate. One common misconception that has been carried out by individuals is the question “Is it possible to settle in Canada without taking IELTS Exam?” Before we get down to the answer to the quoted question, let’s brush up on the basics for a better understanding.
What is the IELTS Exam?
IELTS (International English Language Testing System), is a system which is popular worldwide and used to test the proficiency level for the English Language. Introduced in 1989, IELTS has been recognized by all leading institutions, companies and countries for immigration purposes. Stats & reports say that every single year, hundreds and thousands of people take the IELTS exam for their betterment.
What Does Canada Have to do With the IELTS Exam?
Canada considers IELTS as one of the three language tests it uses to assess immigrants on their language proficiency. To immigrate to Canada, you have to meet certain requirements out of which language proficiency is one important factor. You have to take up IELTS exams and meet certain scores in order to be considered eligible for the immigration procedure.
What Minimum Scores Does an Applicant Need to Score in IELTS?
You have to score the required points in IELTS examination set by the Canadian government if you want to immigrate to Canada under any of its immigration programs. An IELTS exam will have four modules as listed below:
You will have to score a minimum of 6 in each module in order to be considered eligible for any immigration program. The more the applicant puts in hard work and scores, the more points he/she gets in the Express Entry Pool.
IELTS & Express Entry Pool: -
An Express Entry pool is where your profile will be created and will be looked upon by various Canadian provinces and will be assessed based on the information you provide. Creating an Express Entry profile is the first step for Canadian Immigration. An Express Entry profile can only be created when you clear IELTS exam and procure the required amount of scores and without doing so, you will not be able to make any further strides on your immigration.
IELTS & Education in Canada
Pursuing your education in Canada comes with the same prerequisite that you have to clear your IELTS Exam and procure recommended scores. A student who wishes to pursue graduate courses in Canada should have cleared his/her IELTS Exam and obtained a minimum of 6.0 scores in all of the four modules. The IELTS score requirements might differ for other courses. It is mandatory that you get yourself well-prepared before you take up your IELTS exam in order to make things smooth when it comes to achieving your dreams.
The thought of taking up an IELTS exam and clearing the same could be daunting at the beginning but with regular practice and certain tips & tricks, clearing an IELTS exam could be quite easy for you. Watching movies and listening to podcasts would enhance your listening & speaking skills while taking up practice modules would help you improve your reading skills and get an overall idea about IELTS Exams and the way it works.
From the above-mentioned, it is definitely clear that taking up IELTS is quite mandatory to settle in Canada. If you still have certain clarification about immigrating to Canada and IELTS exams, feel free to get in touch with our team of experts! We are glad to help you out!
Canada is a place that offers vast opportunities for nurses to thrive in their career while enjoying financial gains and high standards of living. Nurses have a wide variety of specialties for training and to gain experience in Canada. But becoming a recognized nurse in Canada involves a few steps, but it's worth the effort considering the attractive perks enjoyed by nurses in Canada. Now let's explore why Canada is the best place to work for a nursing professional.
1. Rising demand for nurses:
Canada has an aging population, which means the demand for nurses will keep rising in the future. Canadian Nursing Association predicts that there will be a shortage of around 60000 registered nurses in 2022. By 2050, nearly one-third of the Canadian population will be over the age of 60. In other words, the demand for healthcare services will only rise. It means opportunities for nurses will not fall short in the near future.
2. High salary:
A registered nurse in Canada earns an average monthly salary of $72,800 per year. The salary range has also witnessed an incredible growth over the past few years. For example, between 2007 and 2013, the growth was at a range of more than 15 percent. At entry level, nurses can earn an average of $60,000 per year and experienced nurses can earn up to $80,000 every year.
3. Flexible work schedules:
A registered nurse in Canada gets enough off-days. They also get compensated for their overtime work, besides paid annual off-days. It means, despite a hectic schedule, nurses get enough time to relax. Immigrant nurses can also use their annual off-days to visit their home country.
4. Childcare facilities in hospitals:
Mostly, nurses have to work at odd hours and even on weekends and holidays. So taking care of their children will be the greatest concern for them. Canada is a country that gives the highest priority to family welfare. In order to help the nurses take care of their children while they are working, many hospitals and institutions have arranged childcare facilities.
5. Pension and retirement:
Canada has no mandatory retirement age in Canada, so nurses can keep working as long as they can. The pension schemes for nurses vary from one region to another and one institution to another. However, the longer a nurse works and contributes to the pension plan, the bigger will be the benefits.
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With welcoming policies and high-quality education, Canada has made itself an ideal destination to pursue higher education for international students. International students from most of the countries require a study permit to study in Canada. In order to obtain a study permit, a student must meet the following requirements:
Letter of acceptance
Before applying for a Canadian study permit, you must apply for admission to a Canadian institution of higher education and obtain a letter of acceptance.
The academic requirements to get admission to a Canadian higher education institution vary from one institution to another and one study program to another. Irrespective of this fact, the students must meet the minimum English language requirements. Generally, for undergraduate courses, a student must have scored minimum 65% marks in Humanities stream and 70-80% marks in Science/Commerce stream in Class XII. For diploma and Foundation courses, usually, the minimum required marks is 60%.
Accepted by a DLI
To be eligible for a Canadian study permit, a student must first obtain a letter of acceptance from a Designated Learning Institute (DLI). So, before applying to a Canadian institution, one must first check whether it has DLI status. When you fill in the application form for study permit, you will have to write the DLI number of the respective institution. Some institutions may not have this number, in that case, you must check if the institution is in the list of Designated Learning Institutes(DLIs) of Canada.
For obtaining a Canadian study permit, an international student must prove that he/she is capable of meeting the expenses for studying in Canada. So your financial capacity is an eligibility criterion for obtaining Canadian study permit. You will have to prove that you have enough money to meet the living expenses, educational expenses including tuition fees, transportation costs etc., while studying in Canada.
Confirmation that you will leave the country after studies
You will be able to obtain a Canadian study permit only if the Canadian immigration officials are convinced that you will leave the country once you finish your studies.
Canada wants to ensure that those coming to study in the country are not bringing any communicable diseases with them. So you may be advised to undergo certain health tests, if necessary.
No criminal record
While applying for a Canadian study permit, you will have to prove that you don't have a criminal record. It is to ensure that you are a law-abiding citizen and you do not pose any threat to the Canadian society.
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