Future of International Students
in the USA vs CANADA
An International student choses a country of study with the hope of making a career post graduation. Lets see the opportunities students have in the US vs Canada. Read the complete article by Vandana Mahajan, Director, Futures Abroad. Futures Abroad is a leading education consultant in Dubai.
Study in USA vs Study in Canada
United States of America:
International students in the US with F-1 visa must be in the country to apply for the OPT. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), “Eligible students can apply to receive up to 12 months of OPT employment authorisation before or after completing their academic studies.”
STEM majors have been eligible for an additional 24 months since 2016.
President Trump’s America First policy has been giving them a hard time, and the journey from F-1 student visa to H1B visa worker to permanent resident is not easy. So if America is closing its door on international students, then what other options do they have?
However, the number two option is Canada’s international student program, which is very attractive.
Canada has the third largest international student population in the world with over 642,000 such students. A large number of Americans move to Study in Canada for undergraduate and post-graduate study for various reasons.
According to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), studying in Canada offers important benefits to international students including:
- The quality of the Canadian education system and
- Canada’s reputation as a safe and tolerant society
In addition, there are other factors, such as:
Affordability – especially for Americans, since the Canadian dollar is much lower.
- Access to a robust job market that requires youth talent
- The flexibility to apply for study and work permits at the port of entry
- Path to Canadian permanent residence through the post-graduation work permit.
The Post-graduation work permit is a crucial feature of studying in Canada for most international students. As soon as a student finishes the final school term they are eligible to apply for post graduate work permit.
There are two primary benefits of the post graduation work permit in Canada. First, this is an open work permit – meaning students can remain in Canada after graduation without a job offer while they search for work opportunities. Second, students can use the work experience they gain to boost points for the Express Entry – Canadian Experience Class permanent resident system.
The work permit can be used anywhere in Canada. They are not limited to the province where they completed their program.
Eligibility and Length of Stay in Canada for students
The post graduate work permit enables Canada to attract and retain young talent – this is crucial to the economy given Canada’s aging demographics.
Who is eligible to apply?
“Students who have been in full-time studies, except for the last term where they are allowed to be part-time.
A post-grad work permit can be a minimum of eight months and a maximum of three years depending on the length of a student’s program. A four-year undergraduate student, for example, may be eligible for a three year post graduate work permit. The cost of a post graduate work permit is $255 – $155 for the work permit fee and $100 for the open work permit holder fee.
That said, it should be noted that Canada has also been hit hard by the Corona virus pandemic and this has played out in the economic sphere as well. There is no doubt that Canada will be hit hard by a decline in student enrollments for next year, and in turn, this will take a big bite out of the $ 22 billion in revenue the country enjoys from international students studying there each year. Still, the attitude towards international students is more favorable in Canada than it is in the U.S.
Hope this above article is of help to you. If you wish to immigrate to Canada, it will be a great pleasure of ours to help you fulfil your dreams and aspirations. Futures abroad has successfully guided over 13,000 students in finding their career path and many to immigrate in their dream countries. You may check the website www.futuresabroad.com