How important is your course to fall under the SOL list when going to Canada?
Canada education system mostly focuses on Research and Specialization. Canada encourages diversified study options in Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Masters and Ph.D. programs. Petroleum engineering, computer science, business/management, pharmacy, IT, Hospitality and Tourism, education and Teaching are the most demanding courses. Being land of immigrants, Canada is known as multicultural country and has really built a healthy stay environment. Country’s education draws major attention of international student as it has maintained high education standards by each province. It is a bilingual country with two official languages English and French. Majority of French-speaking people stay in Quebec.
It is world leader in Aerospace, pharmaceuticals, telecommunication and biotechnology. Education in Canada is generally funded and managed by Provincial Governments.There is no Ministry or department of education at federal level. Student can pursue their degree or course from Universities or colleges. There are 98 universities and 150 community colleges in Canada.Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, Victoria, Montreal are the most popular cities. Ontario and Quebec are the most industrialized locations in Canada. Tuition fees in Canada are less as compared to USA or Australia. University of Mc Gill, Toronto, British Columbia and Alberta are ranked top 100 in the world and top 4 in Canada.
Canada Masters/Graduate certificate/diploma courses are of 1 or 2 years of duration. After studies if student wish to work in Canada they will have to apply for Post-Graduation Work Visa (PGWV).
Validity of PSWV depends on length of program:
- Less than eight months
You aren’t eligible for a PGWP
- More than eight months but less than two years
Your PGWP may be valid for up to the same length as your study program (for example,
if you studied for nine months, a work permit may be issued for up to nine months)
- Two years or more
A PGWP may be issued for three years
- More than one program
A PGWP may be valid for up to three years, for example, if you finished a diploma or
degree from an eligible school in Canada, and within the next two years you get a one-
year graduate degree or diploma from an eligible school in Canada.
Eligibility criteria for PGWV:
- Student should make sure institute has been allotted Designated Institute Learning (DLI) number
- Have a valid study permit
- Studied full time in Canada for 8 months long
- Must be above 18 years of age
- Apply for a work permit within 90 days of receiving written confirmation that you met the requirements of your study program.
Also, all DLI’s do not make student eligible for PGWV.
You can still apply for work permit after studies in Canada, if you are not eligible under PGWV.
Student can apply for Open Work Permits or Employer Specific Work Permits.
If student wish to work or apply for Permanent residency in Canada after studies, it is highly recommended that your course fall under National Occupational Classification (NOC) list.As we check the list we get to know almost all the course related occupations are in this list. For work or immigration purpose under NOC System, jobs are grouped as Skill Type 0, A, B, C, D. Skill type 0 are management jobs, A are professional jobs which require degree from universities, B are technical or skill related jobs where diploma degrees would be required.Work experience of few years is required for NOC, where part time jobs and internships are not taken into consideration.Also it is recommended not to depend on NOC list while shortlisting course for study in Canada, as it is updated every year.
Canada has a proud history of immigration and
has long encouraged diversity and multiculturalism.With a high standard of
living, low crime levels, clean cities and vast expanses of natural beauty,
lakes, mountains, coastal areas and national parks, Canada is an extremely
desirable place to live. Its most popular sports are ice hockey, basketball,
golf, lacrosse and baseball, although football, rugby and cricket are growing.