Student Visa is a legitimate way to study abroad and it not only gives you a chance to study in the most prestigious institutes around the world but also enhances your future prospects. The most common question that comes in the minds of Pakistani students is How to get study visa from Pakistan.

Getting Student visa from Pakistan is not tough but you have to fulfill certain criteria for this purpose. If you are one of the aspiring students who is longing to go abroad for higher studies, you should know the benefits of a student Visa with reference to numerous study destinations.

Following are the advantages of Study Visa.

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The Government of Canada conducts another massive Express Entry draw of 2019 on Wednesday, January 23, maintaining the number of invitations as observed in the previous draws. 3900 candidates were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence with ranking scores as low as 443.

Since the start of 2019, Canada has now issued 7,800 invitations to candidates in the federal Express Entry system. This makes a record of the most Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to be issued in the start of a year.

  • The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in this latest draw was six points lower than the minimum score in the first draw of 2019, which took place on January 10. Today’s score of 443 was the lowest score yet for a January draw through the Express Entry system.

    This decrease can be explained by the fact only two weeks elapsed between these two invitation rounds, while a gap of three weeks separated the January 10 draw and the previous invitation round on December 19.

    Less time between draws means fewer candidates have time to enter the Express Entry pool, which can have the effect of lowering the minimum CRS score.

    The tie-break rule in the January 23 draw was January 2, 2019, at 03:55:26 UTC. This means that all candidates with a CRS score above 443, as well as those candidates with scores of 443 who entered their profile in the Express Entry pool before the selected date and time, received an ITA in this invitation round.

    This was the highest number of invitations issued in a first month of the year in the five-year history of Express Entry system.

    How the Express Entry works?

    Three Federal High Skilled economic immigration programs are managed by the Express Entry candidates — the  Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class and Canadian Experience Class.

    Candidate profiles are assigned a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). This system awards points on factors including age, education, work experience and proficiency in English or French.

    The highest-ranked candidates are then selected from the pool through regular rounds of invitations, and are issued an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

    Canada’s Multi-Year Immigration Levels Plan:

    According to the Canada’s new multi-year immigration levels plan, Canada has an admissions target of 81,400 through these programs for 2019, compared to 74,900 last year. This means that the federal government has to welcome more Federal High Skilled candidates as permanent residents in 2019 than it did last year.

    In order to meet its projected 2019 and 2020 targets, it is expected that IRCC will have to issue more ITAs over the course of this year than it did in 2018. As in the last year IRCC gradually increased the draw sizes from 2,750 ITAs to 3,900.

Canada increases settlement funds for new immigrants

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a slight increase to the proof of settlement funds required for skilled immigration through the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).

The settlement funds are based on family size of the new immigrants, and are adjusted annually based on 50 per cent of the low income cut-off totals. Settlement funds are required in order to demonstrate that immigrating candidates have the means to establish themselves and their family in Canada and pay for the initial costs, such as accommodation.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is encouraging candidates to keep their funds updated in their Express Entry profile, in order to ensure they continue to meet the financial requirements of the Express Entry class through which they have registered. The condition of providing proof of funds does not apply to the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates however, CEC candidates in the Express Entry pool must also demonstrate proof of funds to successfully receive an invitation to apply (ITA) for permanent residence through the Federal Skilled Worker Class.

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The proof of funds should also be submitted by the principal applicant for his or her accompanying spouse/common-law partner. The funds must be instantly available when a candidate applies for permanent residence and while the permanent resident visa is issued. The principal applicant will also have to prove to an immigration officer that they possess the required amount, and they can utilize it after landing in Canada.

The funds that are borrowed and equity on real estate cannot be counted as proof.

While applying with a spouse or partner, money held in a joint account can be counted towards the proof of settlement funds. If the funds are in an account that is under a spouse’s name, they can also be counted if the applicant can prove they have access to those funds.

Revised Proof of Funds for New Immigrants:

The required settlement funds provided by the primary applicant must be equal to or greater than the sums listed below;

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The reopening of Canada’s Parents and Grandparents Program to interested sponsors has been announced last week. The program, known as the PGP, is expected to resume on January 28.

This program allows Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents for Canadian permanent residence.

Anyone planning to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents through the PGP will have to first complete an online Interest to Sponsor form, which will be made available at noon Eastern Standard Time on January 28.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) plans to process up to 20,000 new PGP applications in 2019. The program will process the expressions of interest based on a first-in, first-served approach, i.e. the Interest to Sponsor forms will be selected in the order they are received and invitations to apply (ITA) to the PGP will be issued until the program’s target of approving 20,000 applications is met.

Prior to this first-in, first-served approach, applications were accepted through the controversial randomized lottery process that IRCC introduced last year.

This randomized approach has been criticized as unfair by those who had been waiting for years to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents.

How Interest to Sponsor works:

By completing an Interest to Sponsor form you are not submitting an application for sponsor, rather you are notifying IRCC that you want to become a potential sponsor.

The interested sponsors should meet the eligibility requirements, including the threshold for Minimum Necessary Income set by IRCC, to ensure their selection.

The potential sponsors need to upload a copy of a status in Canada document when submitting their interest to sponsor form to IRCC. A notification on being invited or not will be generated by IRCC to all individuals who submitted an online form.

After receiving an ITA, the candidate will have to submit a completed application within 60 days, along with all the supporting documents.

Having a rich history of academic excellence, Canada has long been a smart choice to pursue your higher education abroad. Especially if you are an interactive person, you can benefit from the multicultural society the country represents. Language is not a barrier to foreign students as Canada is considered the world’s leader in language training. Canada provides a peaceful, safe and diverse environment to students, as well as an excellent working condition and a conducive atmosphere.

Country Overview

Canada is a North American country, located in the northern part of the continent, and extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. It consists of ten provinces and three territories. The country Canada is rich of tourist attractions, such as the magnificent Niagara Falls, the grand CN Tower, Toronto Zoo, the alluring Glacier National Park, the equally gorgeous Banff National Park, and the beautiful Canadian Rockies, to name a few.

Having two official languages – French and English, study in Canada is the perfect opportunity to add another language skill to your resume, which is vital in the business world and at the same time a huge advantage.

Living in Canada

In terms of tuition fees and living costs, studying in Canada is a suitable option for most of the students willing to study abroad. Estimated living expenses per month are around CAN $400- 800, but obviously you can live on less or more than that, depending on the way you choose to spend your time. As far as course fees are concerned, expect to budge around CAN $6000 to CAN $17,500 per year for undergraduate courses, with graduate courses coming in on average from CAN $6500 to CAN $33,000 per year.

Opportunities for International Students

Being an ideal place for higher education studies, Canada has been sought by many prospective international students. Many of the Canadian universities have been reputed well in the international rankings. Moreover, a recent educational strategy set by the Canadian Ministry of Education stresses on increasing the number of foreign students, thus enhancing chances for students to study in Canada.

Over 120,000 international students are admitted in Canada each year. It makes it one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world, with over 50% of the population not speaking English as their first language. This means that throughout Canada you will be surrounded by a large multicultural environment, both in classrooms, as well as in the society. This allows any foreigner to easily adapt and make friends here.

Canada has been ranked as one of the safest countries in the world, with a low crime rate. Canada was ranked the second country in the world with the highest quality of life in terms of social progress and development, according to Global News.

Most of the study programmes delivered by Canadian universities are research focused and students get the chance to engage in intriguing experiments and projects. This research based environment promotes study based on innovation and forward thinking.

Intake Calendar

It is expected that international students should start planning for their studies in Canada 1 year in advance. The major intake takes place in fall i.e. September, while the other intake is in winters i.e. January, but it also depends on the study program and the institutes the student is applying to. A few institutes may have the May intake as well.

Application Procedure for Studying in Canada

If you plan to study abroad, you have to follow a few steps to secure admission in your desired university.  The following main steps might serve as a guide for you while going through the process of application;

  1. Choose a university to apply to and get your acceptance letter:

Deciding a university is the first and foremost step while applying for studies abroad. Course selection is entirely based on your previous qualification and your area of interest. Once decided, you will be provided an acceptance letter from the Canadian university, which you need to provide while applying the study visa.

  1. Select you desired Program of study:

Canadian universities offer studies in a variety of programmes at graduate and post-graduate level, ranging from arts, languages, history, environmental studies, to management and engineering. Students willing to study in Canada get the opportunity to choose relevant programmes in the following fields;

  • business,
  • economics,
  • environmental science,
  • social sciences,
  • engineering,
  • medicine
  • arts.

The university system of Canada is considered quite successful because it provides career-focused programmes; curriculum adapted to current events and prepares you according to the needs of the job market. Moreover, graduates from Canadian universities have a high employability rate.

  1. Language requirements:

Students applying from a non- English-speaking country will have to submit proof of English language proficiency. Proof of your language skills is not in the list of required documents for a Canadian student visa. However, to have some proof of English ability makes an impression of your visa application. Accepted language tests are:

  • Cambridge English: Advanced
  1. Applying your Canadian Study Visa:

It has to be considered that an application for international study to Canada can be a slow process, taking up to 7 weeks of processing time. Keeping this in mind, you need to be making a timely decision to get all the documentation done prior to your academic calendar. A student visa, or study permit is required, which is granted on the base of the acceptance letter from your chosen Canadian education institution.

Secondly, you’ll also need your application fee, financial evidence to cover your expenses during your studies, such as to pay for tuition fees and cover day to day living costs, as well as a ticket home.

All international students need a student visa for Canada except;

  • You enrolled in a programme that lasts less than six months.
  • You are a family or staff member of a foreign representative in Canada, who is accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.
  • You are a member of foreign armed forces from the Visiting Forces Act
  • You are a citizen of another country, but you have an Indian status registered in Canada

However, in this case an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) will suffice to fly to Canada.

  1. How to file your application:

After receiving the acceptance letter from the university, it is time to proceed and apply for a student visa with no delay.

For applying your student visa, following steps need to be followed:

  • Apply online for your Canadian student visa, on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website;
  • In some countries it’s also possible to apply for visa on paper;
  • Provide the acceptance letter from the institution you have applied (the university should be recognized by the Canadian government);
  • Provide proof of sufficient financial resources to support your studies in Canada, including tuition fees and your living expenses;
  • Provide a Police Certificate to prove that you have no criminal record;
  • Submit medical certificates that state you are in good health, and complete medical examinations in some cases.

Note that the study permit expires ninety days after your studies are complete, and when you receive a notification of the programme completion.

  1. Documents required for the student visa in Canada:
  • A completed application form,
  • Proof that you paid the study permit fee (150 CAD),
  • The original letter of acceptance from the university,
  • A valid passport/travel document,
  • If you are a U.S. resident then travel document is not necessary,
  • Two recent passport-size photographs, with name and date of birth mentioned on the back,
  • Proof of financial support during your studies which provides: tuition fee + 833 CAD/month (for all provinces, except Quebec), or tuition fee + 917 CAD/month (for Quebec);
  • A letter of explanation,
  • If you intend to study in Quebec, you will also need a Certificat d’acceptation du Québec, English and French translations for your document, a statement from the translator and a certified copy of the original documents,
  1. Biometrics appointment and interview

If you are applying from Pakistan, you might have to get your biometrics taken at a Visa Application Centre in your country. The biometric fee is 85 CAD. It is additional to the regular visa fee. Some countries are exempt from the biometrics requirement, i.e. they won’t need to visit an application centre at all.

Depending on your individual situation you might also be called for an interview, for which a small amount of fee will be charged by the local visa application centers for using their services.

How can we help you?

We at Immigration Experts streamline and personalize the study visa process for each student, irrespective of the destination, institution, course or any level of study. Our team of experienced professionals will provide you individual assistance, and exceptional guidance in the process of filing your application, course selections, admission, visa, bank-loan and scholarships.

Canada sets immigration targets for 2019- an endeavor to increase the admission

Canadian immigration intake levels are set to make new records in the coming year. The government of Canada has set a target of inviting 330,800 new immigrants to Canada in 2019. This exhibits a nearly 7 % increase over the 2018’s admission targets.

Previously in October this year, Canada’s federal government unveiled the multi-year immigration levels plan, through which Canada aims to increase the total admissions by more than 13 percent between 2018 and 2021. According to the plan, an estimated 350,000 candidates shall be invited to Canada through it’s various economic, family and refugee programs.

Immigration now contributes majorly to the growth of population and labor force in Canada. Many Canadian provinces are heavily relying on immigrants to address the growing need for workers.

On the contrary, Quebec’s immigration plan for the next year runs counter to the motive in most other provinces of Canada. Quebec plans to demarcate immigration levels in 2019 — a reduction of around 10,000 than 2018. This measure was taken to ensure that the admitted immigrants can successfully integrate into the majority French-speaking province.

Ontario vies for more PNP allocation

Canada’s most populous province Ontario also plans an increase in the allocation of immigrants. The province has announced to nominate more number of candidates in 2019 than 2018 for permanent residence through Canada’s Provincial Nimination Program (PNP). This programallows the participating provinces and territories to independently select immigrants, to compensate the local labor market needs.

Ontario has confirmed to increase its 2019 nomination allocation to 7,600, which would be an increase of 1,000 nominations over its 2018 allocation of 6,600.

Admissions through Canada’s Provincial Nomination Program are targeted to reach a record of 55,000 in 2018, which was 49,724 in 2017. The target is projected to rise again in 2019, to 61,000.

Director of Communications for Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Sarah Letersky said, “Demand for the [Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program] is strong, and the province continues to engage with the federal government on increasing the province’s annual allocation”.

Letersky said in an interview with the website Queen’s Park Briefing, that the new PNP target is “higher than anticipated”. She further asserted that the additional 1,000 nominations would allow Ontario to “be more responsive and adaptive to broader labour market needs, and provide greater opportunities for Ontario employers seeking to retain international talent.”

Newfoundland, Manitoba also advocate increase of immigrants

Other examples of provinces witnessing a rise in immigration are Newfoundland and Labrador and Manitoba.

The Government of Manitoba attributed it’s population growth to the Manitoba’s Provincial Nominee Program. In the last three years, Manitoba was the fastest among Canadian provinces to set a record in 2016.

Since it’s creation in 1998, the MPNP has invited 130,000 newcomers to Manitoba, and an estimated 13,000 immigrants are projected to arrive in the province next year.

In a recent report, the Government stated that “Most of this growth is due to a concerted effort by the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program to use immigration to recruit for labour market and entrepreneurial needs”.

In October, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador revealed that the applications to the province from prospective immigrants were up by 25 per cent this year over the first 10 months of 2017, and attributed this increase to the province’s five-year immigration action plan. According to this plan Newfoundland and Labrador aims to increase number of immigrants to 1,700 per year by 2022.