Before we jump into what Canada offers for international students, let’s look at the current political climate.
Following the recent developments pertaining to the immigration policies being formulated by the Trump Administration, you may wonder whether pursuing higher studies abroad at this point in time makes any sense at all. To make matters worse, the UK hasn’t been an ideal destination for aspiring Indian students after Brexit. Moreover, the Australian and New Zealand governments are also mulling over curbing their postgraduate work visa permit in the coming few weeks. All in all, let’s just say that we (aspiring Indian students) have a narrow window of opportunity to study abroad and eventually, immigrate.
The Canadian Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) is, however, an outlier when compared to other post-graduation work permit programs available for Indians. The PGWPP and the provincial nominee program makes it easier to acquire a permanent residency status in Canada. This is equivalent to a Green Card in the US. And eventually, this can lead to a Canadian citizenship.
With that being said, is Canada a good option when it comes to international education? Or rather, is the job market comparable to that of the US? For starters, did you know that the population of the state of California is more than the entire population of Canada! It seems unbelievable, right! However, this is probably the biggest driving force behind the Canadian Government’s lenient immigration policy.
Canada represents a huge opportunity for students from core engineering sectors such as Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Computer Science, Electronics or Instrumentation, and who are looking to pursue an MS program in their domains. With big ticket employers such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, ExxonMobil, and Shell, getting a job will require a bit of patience and doggedness.
On the other hand, for candidates looking to pursue an MBA or a Masters in Management, B-schools such as University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, York University, McGill University, Queen’s University, Ivey Business School, University of Alberta and University of Calgary are some of the best options for prospective students in North America.
Like most global B-schools, it is imperative that students start networking from day one. Indian students usually have a mindset of concentrating more on academics rather than networking. This is because potential employers visit the college for campus placements. Of course, academics do play an important role and one shouldn’t dismiss its importance completely. But eventually, networking will quicken the process of getting a job after you graduate. Some of the most prominent sectors that MBA graduates end up getting employed are BFSI, IT, FMCG, Mining and Minerals, and Oil & Gas.
The Canadian Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) ensures that international students have ample time to search for a job. For instance, if a student is pursuing a 20-month MS/ MiM/ MBA program, they get a work permit for a period of three years. Likewise, if a student is pursuing a program that is less than 20 months, the work permit duration will be equivalent to the program duration i.e. for an 18-month program; the work permit duration will be 18 months.
Finally, as a country, Canada is more receptive towards people belonging to the South Asian community. For instance, the Canadian Defence Minister is a Sikh and the ex-CEO of Husky Energy is a Bengali. Moreover, Canada had been the first country in the world to accept Syrian refugees.
To conclude, Canada has always been a more favourable destination for international students, however, the current geo-political scenario amplifies its preference.