Thanks to a new two-year pilot project, international students in British Columbia will have the opportunity to gain Canadian work experience, after completing studies at private post-secondary institutions that have career training programs which have received British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation. Such students will now be eligible to apply for an open work permit. Furthermore this allows international students to obtain a post-graduate work permit after completing a program of studies as short as 7 months.
The Federal Post-Graduation Work Permit Program allows for international students that have graduated from post-secondary institutions in Canada after completing at least 2 years of studies, to apply for work permits for up to three years. This program did not include international students attending private post-secondary institutions. However, the province of British Columbia is planning ahead and has taken steps to attract more international students and make it easier for them to remain in Canada as permanent residents.
On February 22, 2011, Minister Ida Chong, the Regional Economic and Skills Development Minister stated: “In the next decade, B.C. will have more than a million job openings, and immigration is going to be a key factor in our ability to fill them,” said Minister Chong. “By expanding this program to private institutions, we’re giving more international students an opportunity to work and potentially to choose British Columbia as their place to call home.”
“International graduates with Canadian education, Canadian work experience, and an ease and familiarity with Canadian society are often excellent candidates to apply for permanent residence through the Canadian Experience Class,” stated Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.
If you choose to study in British Columbia, it could be your first step towards a brighter future in Canada. For more information on this or other immigration matters, contact Mann Law 1-905-565-5770 or email Immigration@mannlaw.ca
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