Studying in Canada is a great immigration pathway for foreign nationals and offers many benefits. Canada is home to many world-class universities, colleges, and other learning institutions. For this reason, over 300,000 study permits are issued every year and the numbers are just increasing.
One of the many benefits of studying in Canada (post-secondary programs, certificate, diploma, or degree) is the opportunity to immigrate. From an immigration perspective, Canadian-educated foreign nationals are desirable candidates for permanent residency. The government understands that these foreign students have been exposed to the Canadian school system, culture, working environment and would easily assimilate into Canadian life and society. Depending on your country of origin, once the application is submitted, the processing time can take as fast as 2 to 4 months, which is why studying in Canada remains to be a popular immigration stream for many foreign nationals.
Another benefit of having a study permit in Canada is the opportunity to work while studying, with restrictions. Students are allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week during school semesters and full-time during breaks between semesters. If the student has a spouse or partner, they can be granted a Spousal Open Work Permit, which allows the spouse or partner to work full time, with no restrictions. As a student, your family can accompany you while you study and dependents up to Grade 12 can study for free, just like any other Canadian student. Not only does studying in Canada allow you to meet employers and expose you to business opportunities, it also gives you access to Canadian universal health care and the opportunity to live a high quality of live and enjoy the beauty of Canada.