Admission in Canadian School / College / University

Admission in Canadian School / College / University

Where and what to study, how to apply for schools and the list of schools that can receive students in Canada.

Choosing a program and school

In Canada, each province and territory is in charge of their own education system.

Get more information about schools and the education system:

Primary and secondary schools

Schools that teach students up to the grade 12 level are known as primary and secondary schools. Primary usually means grades 1-8 and secondary usually means grades 9-12.

All primary and secondary schools in Canada can enrol international students.

There are special rules for minor children studying in Canada.

Post-secondary schools

Post-secondary schools are:

  • colleges
  • universities
  • private career colleges and
  • vocational and technical schools.

Each post-secondary school has its own set of rules on how to apply, including the level of English or French you need to be accepted.

Get more information on post-secondary schools:

Language schools

Many schools in Canada teach English or French as a second language. For more information about private language programs, contact Languages Canada.

Studying in French

There are many ways to study in French across Canada.

Designated learning institutions

Provinces and territories approve (or “designate”) schools that can enrol international students. These schools are known as designated learning institutions (DLI).

If you need a study permit, your acceptance letter must be from a DLI. If it isn’t, we will refuse your application.

All primary and secondary schools in Canada are DLIs. You can search a list of the post-secondary schools, such as colleges and universities, and language schools that have been designated.

How to apply to a school, college or university

Once you choose a school, college or university, you must apply to go there. Every school has different rules on how to apply.

Make sure you apply at least:

  • six months in advance if you want to study at a primary or secondary school,
  • a year in advance for a post-secondary program at a university, college, etc.

Contact the school where you want to study to learn how to apply. They will give you the list of all the documents you need to send them. Your school will be able to tell you about:

  • the cost to apply
  • tuition fees
  • health insurance
  • rent and how much it costs to live in Canada
  • language tests.

Fill out the application forms for the school or schools of your choice. Follow their instructions to submit them.

If the school admits you as a student, they will send you an acceptance letter. You need this letter to apply for a study permit.

Health insurance

The Government of Canada doesn’t pay for the medical costs of foreign students.

Health coverage for foreign students is different depending on where you live. Contact the school you are applying to for more information about health insurance.

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Building on Success: International Education Strategy (2019-2024)

Message from the Minister of International Trade Diversification

I am very pleased to launch the new International Education Strategy (IES), Building on Success, in conjunction with my colleagues at Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

International education is an essential pillar of Canada’s long-term competitiveness. Canadians who study abroad gain exposure to new cultures and ideas, stimulating innovation and developing important cross-cultural competencies. Students from abroad who study in Canada bring those same benefits to our shores. If they choose to immigrate to Canada, they contribute to Canada’s economic success. Those who choose to return to their countries become life-long ambassadors for Canada and for Canadian values.

Many Canadian education institutions export services such as curriculum licensing and technical and professional training, often with the help of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS). In doing so, they export Canadian values and import new ideas, as well as generate economic returns for Canada.

In 2018, international students in Canada contributed an estimated $21.6 billion to Canada’s GDP and supported almost 170,000 jobs for Canada’s middle class. This is a significant economic contribution—and one that is felt right across the country.

Competitor countries in this sector recognize the long-term benefits of international education. They have upped their game, and to remain competitive, we upped our game too.

We asked provincial and territorial partners and stakeholders across Canada what is needed to grow and sustain Canada’s international education sector. Building on Success is our blueprint for the future. It is also an integral part of Canada’s ambitious Trade Diversification Strategy: New Markets, New Customers, New Jobs.

With a Budget 2019 allocation of $147.9 million over five years followed by $8 million per year of ongoing funding, our new International Education Strategy will, in collaboration with the provinces, territories, associations and institutions:

  • Encourage Canadian students to gain new skills through study and work abroad opportunities in key global markets, especially Asia
  • Diversify the countries from which international students come to Canada, as well as their fields, levels of study, and location of study within Canada
  • Increase support for Canadian education sector institutions to help grow their export services and explore new opportunities abroad

Our new International Education Strategy ensures that Canada will remain among the world’s top destinations for learning. This is essential in order for our schools, students and researchers to continue to expand their connections abroad and to ensure Canadian students benefit from the world of learning beyond our borders.

I invite you to review Building on Success, our strategy to ensure Canada strengthens its international education competitive advantage so that our students can take what they learn abroad and use it to help create jobs at home.

The Honourable James Gordon Carr
Minister of International Trade Diversification

Message from the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Today’s global economy is changing rapidly and increasingly, employers are seeking new skills to meet these challenges. Expanding Canadians’ access to higher education and skills training will strengthen Canada’s workforce and create the conditions to compete successfully in global markets. Post-secondary education is vital for Canada’s success as an innovative nation, and the need for global competencies, skills and networks has never been more important.

When Canadians have the opportunity to study and work abroad, they develop portable, transferable skills like adaptability, problem-solving, resilience and intercultural competencies. They also develop new relationships that can lead to higher earnings and better employment.

I am excited to announce the launch of Canada’s new International Education Strategy (IES), Building on Success, along with my colleagues at Global Affairs Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The IES includes a five-year Outbound Student Mobility Pilot program which will help post-secondary students with the costs of study or work abroad. The program also focuses on supporting under-represented students (e.g. Indigenous students, students from less privileged backgrounds, students with disabilities) to develop the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly globalized and changing economy.

Diverse, resilient Canadians are the building blocks of Canada’s future success. When people have a fair chance to reach their potential, our economy thrives. Through this new strategy, more Canadian students will have the chance to develop internationally valued skills, setting them up for a lifetime of success.

The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Greetings from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

I am pleased to introduce the Government of Canada’s International Education Strategy for 2019-2024.

In 2018, more than 721,000 international students studied in Canada, sparking new ideas, strengthening innovation and building people-to-people ties that are crucial to international trade and the global economy. As most international students are young, have Canadian educational qualifications and in-demand labour skills, and are proficient in one of our official languages, they are often ideal candidates for permanent residency. In fact, nearly 54,000 former students became permanent residents in Canada in 2018.

The strategy builds on the attributes that have made Canada a destination of choice for international students: strong schools and programs of study in both English and French; welcoming and diverse communities with an enviable quality of life; and opportunities to start careers and pursue permanent residency.

One action identified in the strategy is for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to improve its online services and forms to better connect to people who seek to visit, study or work in Canada. We also plan to expand the Student Direct Stream and make it available to prospective students from additional countries. The Student Direct Stream enables students who submit electronic applications and meet additional up-front requirements to benefit from expedited processing times.

The strategy also identifies the importance of international experiences for Canadian youth. As we increase promotion of International Experience Canada, a federal initiative that enables young Canadians to work and travel in more than 30 partner countries, we hope more young Canadians will go out and develop the international experience and contacts that many employers now value in today’s interconnected world.

I am confident that the International Education Strategy will increase awareness of what Canada has to offer international students and will contribute to our ongoing reputation as a respected centre of international education.

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Vision: International Education Strategy (2019–2024)

Over the next five years, the new International Education Strategy (the Strategy) aims to diversify the education sector, boost Canada’s innovation capacity, promote global ties and foster a vibrant Canadian economy. The Strategy will also help to ensure that Canada’s labour force has the needed skills and talent to ensure Canada can compete successfully in global markets, creating middle-class jobs and fostering prosperity in communities across the country. The Strategy is designed to support and complement efforts by provinces, territories and stakeholders toward a collective goal of a sustainable and successful international education sector.

The Strategy aims to draw students from around the world to communities across Canada where they can enrol in a wide variety of schools and programs at all educational levels (Figure 1 in Annexes). At the same time, it will help a growing number of Canadian students return from studies and work abroad with the global competencies, skills and networks needed to drive Canada’s success as an innovative, trading nation. Lastly, it will assist more Canadian schools and businesses design and export cutting-edge educational services and products to an increasing number and diversity of international markets.

The Trade Commissioner Service of Global Affairs Canada will lead the new Strategy, with other major components managed by Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

Building on success, driving prosperity

International education makes a large and growing contribution to Canada’s prosperity. International students in Canada spent an estimated $21.6 billion on tuition, accommodation and other expenses in 2018[1] and sustained close to 170,000 jobs for Canadians in 2016. Educational expenditures by international students have a greater impact on Canada’s economy than exports of auto parts, lumber or aircraft. Between 2014 and 2018, the number of international students in Canada increased by 68%. In 2018, a total of 721,205 international students at all levels studied in Canada—the largest number ever.[2] Opportunities in the sector are growing.

The new International Education Strategy builds on the attributes that make Canada a powerhouse in international education: strong schools and programs of study in both English and French; peaceful, welcoming and diverse communities; an enviable quality of life; opportunities to work and start careers; and pathways to permanent residency.

Birane Wane (Senegal), University of Ottawa – Communication

“What motivated me to come to Canada, and specifically to Ottawa, is the bilingualism of the capital. In addition to being a prestigious university, recognized worldwide, the University of Ottawa provides countless opportunities to its students. The most notable is undoubtedly the opportunity to study in a perfectly bilingual environment and being able to use French and English at a very high level. Moreover, international students like me can benefit from many services made available to them. Those include the mentoring program and the co-op system, which provides students the opportunity to complete paid internships while pursuing their studies. Studying in this special location, at the heart of Canada’s capital, is an incomparable experience in so many ways.”

Incoming students, along with Canadians studying abroad, spark new ideas and increase Canada’s innovation capacity. Perhaps most importantly, international education fuels the people-to-people ties crucial to international trade in an increasingly interconnected global economy.

International students co-found successful start-up

HeyOrca Inc. is a rapidly growing social media company that created a platform to streamline workflows for agencies that use social media as a business tool. Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, HeyOrca was founded by two international students, Joseph Tao (Malaysia) and Sahand Seifi (Iran), who met at Memorial University and have secured more than $2.65 million in investment capital. A client of the Trade Commissioner Service, HeyOrca now employs more than 30 people and has more than 400 customers worldwide. “We truly believe in the potential that international students bring to our economy,” says Sahand Seifi.[3]

Drivers of change

To ensure a sustainable international education sector Canada must address several challenges.

Increased competition

As more countries recognize that international students represent an important source of revenue and human capital, and as greater numbers of people worldwide can afford to study abroad, the sector has become increasingly competitive. In recent years, both traditional competitors (e.g. Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States) and emerging ones (e.g. China, Malaysia) have invested more in marketing their educational offerings, particularly through the use of digital media. Some of these competitors offer generous scholarships—some even offer free tuition—to attract top talent.

In addition, many traditional source countries for international students are growing the capacity and quality of their own education systems. Some universities in China, Japan, Singapore and elsewhere in Asia now rank among the world’s best and attract growing numbers of students from abroad. This will likely shift the destination countries preferred by students and also inspire more students to study in their home countries. A steady increase in the number of schools in Asia and Europe offering programs of study in English further intensifies the competition for international students.

Need for diversification

Currently, more than 50% of Canada’s international students come from two countries, India and China (Figure 2 in Annexes). In addition, international students are also concentrated in large cities in Canada. Attracting students from a wider diversity of countries, as well as to a greater variety of regions and schools, would foster sustainable growth of Canada’s international education sector and distribute the benefits more equitably across the country (Figure 3 in Annexes).

As a trading nation, Canada must continually expand and diversify not only its customer base, but also its roster of potential exporters. This requires securing markets, as well as encouraging and enabling new exporters. The new Strategy contributes to these goals by increasing the diversity of inbound student populations, skill sets and programs, and by fostering people-to-people ties and international networks. This will help build labour markets, spur economic development in target regions and industries, and support diversity at Canada’s educational institutions.

Innovation and skills

International education can help Canada meet current and emerging labour-market challenges. Canada faces significant medium- and long-term labour shortages, particularly in the highly qualified professional and skilled trades that sustain a modern economy.

Outbound mobility

Part of the challenge is that not enough Canadian youth enter the labour market with the right mix of skills. A recent report found that only 44% of Canadian youth (ages 15-29) and 34% of employers believe that youth are adequately prepared for today’s workforce.[4] Another report noted that while many Canadian graduates may have the necessary technical knowledge, they lack the soft skills and work experience required by employers in Canada.[5] Periods of study and work abroad can help them acquire these skills and can also help them develop intercultural competencies, strong international networks, and a deeper understanding of economic regions of importance to Canada.

However, relatively few Canadian students choose to study or work abroad (Figure 4 in Annexes). The report of the Study Group on Global Education estimates that approximately 11% of Canadian undergraduates study abroad during their academic career—significantly fewer than students from France (33%), Australia (19%) and the United States (16%).[6] Further, of those Canadian students that do decide to study abroad, many of them choose to study in traditional education destinations, like the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and France. Key barriers reported by Canadian students include the cost of studying outside of Canada and difficulties in transferring credits earned at educational institutions abroad. While some government programs provide financial support to Canadians who study abroad, these supports are often allocated based on merit, without considering the needs of certain under-represented students who face unique barriers.

Inbound mobility

Due in part to the aging of Canada’s population, immigration will increasingly drive net workforce growth. Within the next decade, for instance, immigration is projected to account for 100% of net growth in the workforce, up from 75% today. International students make excellent candidates for permanent residency: they are relatively young, proficient in at least one official language, have Canadian educational qualifications, and can help address this country’s current and pending labour market needs, particularly for highly skilled workers. Given these advantages, it is not surprising that 53,700 international students became permanent residents of Canada in 2018, contributing as productive and valued members of Canadian society.

Future of work

Advances in technology are changing the nature of work, requiring new knowledge and specific competencies including creativity, flexibility and adaptability, along with communication, problem-solving and inter-cultural skills. Intercultural competencies and knowledge of other societies is particularly important for trade-based economies such as Canada’s. The new Strategy will target the countries, programs and skills needed to drive innovation, improve Canada’s competitiveness and foster sustainable economic growth.

Coordinated approach

Implementing a new, coordinated strategy can help meet these and other challenges, and take advantage of emerging opportunities to maximize the sector’s long-term benefits to Canada.

In Canada, ministries of education in the 10 provinces and 3 territories are responsible for the organization, delivery and assessment of education. While provinces and territories hold constitutional responsibility for the delivery of education programming, the federal government can and should play a leadership role in the international sphere. Over the past months input from provinces and territories, as well as key education stakeholders, has been sought to help align and shape the new International Education Strategy. Ongoing engagement will also help inform adjustments as needed during the next five years.

These stakeholders include K-12 schools, colleges, institutes, CEGEPs, universities, language schools, not-for-profit organizations and private companies, all of which may be engaged in multiple areas of the international education sector. This engagement could include recruiting international students for enrollment in Canadian educational institutions; sending Canadian students and youth on exchanges for study and work abroad; developing international partnerships between educational institutions in Canada and abroad; and selling exports of made-in-Canada education and training models, curricula and technologies.

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) of Global Affairs Canada leads the overall implementation of the new International Education Strategy. To ensure a coordinated approach, three departments developed the new Strategy together: Global Affairs Canada; Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC); and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), with support from other federal government departments. In addition, the Strategy complements other Government of Canada priorities and policy initiatives, such as the Innovation and Skills Plan (2017) and the Trade Diversification Strategy (2018).

Elements of the new International Education Strategy

Canada’s new Strategy has three key objectives:

  • Encourage Canadian students to gain new skills through study and work abroad opportunities in key global markets, especially Asia
  • Diversify the countries from which international students come to Canada, as well as their fields, levels of study, and location of study within Canada
  • Increase support for Canadian education sector institutions to help grow their export services and explore new opportunities abroad

To implement the Strategy, Budget 2019 allocated $147.9 million over five years, followed by $8 million per year of ongoing funding. Key elements of the Strategy include:

Initiative Outcome Lead
Outbound Student Mobility Pilot ($95 million total over 5 years) More Canadians study and work abroad, acquiring the skills, intercultural competencies and international networks essential to their careers and economic growth. Employment and Social Development Canada

A five-year pilot project will support up to 11,000 college and university undergraduate students to study or work abroad in alignment with larger Government of Canada priorities. Financial assistance will range from $5,000 to $10,000/year. Half of the funds in the pilot will support equal access to international mobility opportunities and market diversification for underrepresented students (e.g. low-income students, Indigenous students, and students with disabilities). Students from these groups are the least likely to pursue study abroad opportunities, but stand to gain the most from those opportunities, gaining highly-valued skills and competencies and developing a professional network of contacts within their field of study.

The pilot will also support students from outside of those groups, prioritizing study abroad opportunities to countries outside of the traditional destinations of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. Encouraging these students to study in less traditional study abroad locations—particularly in Asia and Latin America—will foster specialized knowledge and new economic ties with these regions to the Canadian workforce. In particular, Asia represents a significant strategic opportunity for Canada: with strong projections for future growth and important cultural and business ties in the region, it’s essential that an increasing number of Canadians pursue work and study opportunities there.

Studying abroad can present logistical challenges, particularly for students who have never travelled overseas. Post-secondary institutions accessing funding through the pilot will provide wraparound supports and guidance to students studying abroad, as well as develop security strategies to ensure that Canadian students studying in other countries can do so safely. In parallel, post-secondary institutions will provide integration supports to students studying on their campuses.

The pilot will also test new approaches to maximizing participation and responding to learners’ needs.

The pilot will be evaluated by an independent third party from 2022 to 2024 and include analysis of feedback from users to determine future directions for the project.

Canadian woman who studied in China

“Being trilingual, mobile, enthusiastic, analytical, and eager to learn and understand, enabled me to find a job quickly, which keeps me in contact with China every day and puts into practice my knowledge and skills, to the benefit of my organization.”

Initiative Outcome Lead
Increased promotion of International Experience Canada (IEC) (approx. $1 million supplemental over 5 years and $200,000 ongoing) Greater awareness among young Canadians about opportunities to work and travel abroad through IEC Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

IEC is a federal initiative that enables Canadians between the ages of 18 to 35 to work and travel in any of more than 30 partner countries. In exchange, Canada allows youth from partner countries to work and travel in Canada. Many more foreign youth participate in the program than do Canadians, however, and four countries (France, Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand) traditionally receive a total of 80% of Canadian participants. Promotion of the IEC will increase under the new International Education Strategy, aimed at raising awareness among Canadian youth of opportunities to work and travel abroad under the program. This is expected to increase both the popularity of IEC and the number of Canadian youth with valuable skill sets sought after by employers in today’s global markets.

IEC and the Outbound Student Mobility Pilot will increase the pool of Canadians with intercultural competencies and knowledge of other societies.

Suzanne, former IEC participant

“Australia had always been a place I wanted to explore. During my year there, I worked with the Victorian Electoral Commission in Melbourne assisting with post-state election activities and with an Aboriginal education training company in Alice Springs to help prepare for its annual audit. Both were truly unique experiences. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the memories and the technical and life skills that I gained from deciding to work and live abroad.”

Initiative Outcome Lead
Targeted digital marketing strategy (approx. $24.1 million supplemental over 5 years and $5.4 million ongoing)

Enhanced support by the Trade Commissioner Service (approx. $4.9 million supplemental over 5 years and $1 million ongoing)

Attract students from a wider diversity of countries to a greater diversity of schools and programs of study across Canada.

Greater support for education clients leads to increased sales and licensing of Canadian educational services and products abroad.

Global Affairs Canada

A new digital marketing strategy will aim to diversify Canada’s international education sector and address regional and demographic gaps. It will target growing numbers of students from new source countries, as well as those seeking a wider choice of programs. Priority countries include Brazil, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, the Philippines, Thailand, Turkey, the Ukraine and Vietnam. The scope of target countries will be adjusted regularly, based on the needs of Canadian provinces and territories, education associations, institutions, relevant international student statistics, and additional data analysis.

Campaigns will also raise the profile of regions, schools, French language programs and programs that traditionally attract fewer international students. China and India will remain important sources of international students for Canada, with a focus on in-country diversification to attract students from different regions within those countries and in other areas and levels of study.

The new marketing strategy will feature new tools, channels and technologies that influence the choices of international students and will fully capitalize on the Edu Canada brand. Ongoing analysis of results, along with input from provinces, territories and stakeholders, will inform adjustments to the marketing strategy.

Building on success: Edu Canada brand

Launched in 2016, EduCanada is a collaborative promotional initiative involving the provinces and territories through Global Affairs Canada and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. Thanks to this ongoing collaboration, the EduCanada brand represents the high quality of Canada’s education sector and contributes to increased numbers of international students across the country. Under the new International Education Strategy, the use and effectiveness of the brand will increase.

To complement these marketing efforts and to increase exports of educational services and products, the Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) will intensify its efforts to grow and diversify Canada’s international education sector. Enhanced TCS initiatives will include better training for trade commissioners on the capacity of Canada’s education sector, more international recruitment fairs, and a larger Canadian presence at signature international events in the sector.

China and India will remain important markets for Canada in international education. The new Strategy will focus on diversifying source regions for students within China and India, as well as levels, programs and regions of study across Canada, to amplify economic benefits and create jobs in more of our communities. The Strategy will also seek to diversify opportunities in both markets for Canadian stakeholders to deploy their expertise, for instance, in areas such as early childhood learning, flight training, and care of the elderly in China, and in aviation (pilot training), teacher training, hospitality, health-care training and corporate training in India.

Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

For 125 years, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), as part of Global Affairs Canada, has been helping companies and organizations succeed in the global marketplace. With a broad network located in Ottawa and in more than 160 of Canada’s diplomatic missions abroad, the TCS plays a key role in advancing Canadian interests in the international education sector. In 2018-2019, the TCS provided education sector services to more than 800 clients, including at relevant trade shows and education fairs abroad, and organized in-Canada events to promote the EduCanada brand. These TCS services contributed to 83 new commercial agreements and contracts for clients in more than 35 countries.

Initiative Outcome Lead
Expand Student Direct Stream to additional countries (approx. $1 million over 5 years and $100,000 ongoing). Attract more international students from target countries. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

The Strategy will expand the Student Direct Stream to additional markets. The Student Direct Stream endeavours to offer faster processing of study permit applications to prospective international students from certain countries who plan to study in Canada at the post-secondary level. To be eligible, applicants must submit electronic applications and provide certain upfront documents to demonstrate that they meet specific eligibility criteria in addition to meeting all study permit requirements under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and its Regulations.

Building on success: Student Direct Stream

Currently available in China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam, Student Direct Stream is a streamlined and expedited application process for eligible international students. Under the Strategy, Student Direct Stream will be implemented in additional countries, where feasible, providing students who meet upfront requirements with more seamless immigration services.

Initiative Outcome Lead
Modernize immigration forms and processes (approx. $18 million over 5 years and $1.2 million ongoing). Improved client services for those who seek to visit or study, work or stay in Canada Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

The development of a dynamic electronic applications process will enable Canada to offer timely immigration services and effectively manage the increasing demand of foreign nationals seeking to visit or study, work or stay permanently in Canada. This will further enable clients to receive decisions in a timely manner and assist in increasing the quality of applications.

Initiative Outcome Lead
Additional scholarships for international students to study in Canada ($5 million over 5 years)

Consolidate existing scholarships under a cohesive, strengthened narrative.

Attract select students by targeting countries, programs and schools; strengthen bilateral relations.

Attract additional international students; support Canada’s education brand.

Global Affairs Canada

Increased scholarship funding for incoming international students will help to attract top talent from a broad range of countries, strengthen bilateral relations and partnerships, and contribute to diversification efforts.

Canada currently has a variety of scholarship programs for specific regions and countries that do not benefit from a unified, comprehensive promotional strategy. The Strategy will consolidate existing programs under a coherent narrative to facilitate promotion and raise awareness in target markets.

Measuring success

As the new Strategy is implemented, Global Affairs Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will closely monitor key indicators of progress and develop new performance measures to ensure that the Strategy delivers what it sets out to achieve and to identify potential improvements. Performance measures may include the number of leads generated by marketing campaigns and other promotional efforts; awareness among Canadian youth of the International Experience Canada program (IEC); and the experiences of participants in the Outbound Student Mobility Pilot and IEC. These measures will be analyzed regularly and revised as needed to align with Government of Canada priorities and in light of international education trends.

Conclusion: Greater contribution to Canada’s prosperity

Under the International Education Strategy (2019–2024), the education sector will grow its potential and benefit greater numbers of middle class Canadians. The Strategy will support the efforts of provinces and territories responsible for education, address current and emerging challenges in collaboration with partners and stakeholders and follow a consistent approach throughout its five-year life cycle. By building on the sector’s success, the Strategy will equip Canada with the skills, knowledge and expertise needed to innovate and thrive in the global economy.


Figure 1: Canada – Number of study permit holders by study level and by year in which permit(s) became effective

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, temporary residents data, February 28, 2019

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Figure 2: Canada – Study permit holders with valid permit as of December 31, 2018, by country of citizenship

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 2018

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Figure 3: Distribution of international students in Canada

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 2017

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Figure 4: Percentage of undergrads studying abroad while pursuing degree

Data sources: France: Campus France (2015); Germany: German Academic Exchange Service (2013); Australia: Government of Australia (2015); U.S.: National Survey of Student Engagement (2016); Canada: National Survey of Student Engagement (2016) and Universities Canada (2014). All figures are for university students.

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COVID-19-International Students

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): International students

New requirements for travel to Canada

New rules for international flights, COVID-19 testing and quarantine will take effect soon. See the news release for details.

We recognize that the travel restrictions will have an impact on many people who can’t travel to Canada right now. These restrictions stop most discretionary travel to Canada.

Travel exemptions and restrictions for international students

COVID-19 testing required for people flying into Canada

As of January 7, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada. See the news release for air travellers.

Mandatory 14-day quarantine or isolation

Everyone entering Canada must follow mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements. Not respecting the mandatory requirements is a serious offence with consequences and penalties.

To be able to enter Canada as a student, you must meet 2 requirements:

  1. You must have a valid study permit or a letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit.
  2. You must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory.

You must meet these 2 requirements whether you’re studying for 6 months or less or you’re enrolled in a longer study program.

If you’re already studying in Canada and you leave, you won’t be able to return to Canada if your DLI isn’t on the approved list.

Your travel to Canada may be considered essential (non-discretionary) if you have all of the required documents and your DLI is on the approved list.

As a student, your travel to Canada won’t be considered essential (non-discretionary) if

  • your study program has been cancelled or suspended, or
  • you’re entering Canada for any reason other than to study

You’re eligible to come to Canada as a family member

You can come to Canada as a family member to study, if

If your DLI is on the approved COVID-19 readiness plan list, you don’t need to get a written authorization from IRCC to travel to Canada.

If you cross the border into Canada regularly for school

To be able to enter Canada, you must have a study permit and be attending a DLI with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory.

As a cross-border student, you may also be exempt from having to quarantine. You don’t need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Canada if

  • you live in the United States and cross the border daily or regularly to attend your classes
  • your DLI is in British Columbia

If the province or territory in which your DLI is located isn’t listed above, you’ll be required to quarantine upon arrival in Canada.

While in Canada you must

  • wear a mask in any public setting where you can’t maintain physical distancing
  • follow all public health guidelines for the municipality and province or territory in which you study

If someone will be driving you to and from your DLI, they also don’t need to quarantine for 14 days, as long as

  • they only leave their vehicle to escort you to and from your school, and
  • they wear a mask at all times while outside their vehicle

When you travel to Canada


You must use ArriveCAN before checking in at the airport or crossing the border to submit your

  • travel and contact information
  • quarantine plan
  • COVID-19 symptoms self-assessment

Please bring your ArriveCAN receipt (electronic or paper) with you to show the border services officer upon arrival.

Make sure your school is on the list of DLIs with COVID-19 readiness plans approved by their province or territory.

When the border services officer greets you, they look at several factors, including

  • your reason for travelling to Canada
  • your ability to complete a 14-day quarantine period as soon as you arrive at your final destination
  • if you either
    • have time to complete your quarantine before you physically attend classes, or
    • can study online during your quarantine

You must bring

  • a valid study permit or a port of entry letter of introduction that shows you were approved for a study permit
  • a valid letter of acceptance from a DLI with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by its province or territory
  • proof that you have enough money to support yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada

Before you travel, you can contact the Border Information Service for more information.

A border services officer will make the final decision on whether you’re eligible to enter Canada when you arrive.

If immediate family members want to be with you in Canada

Your immediate family members may be able to come with you to Canada.

If they want to help you get settled in Canada

They don’t need a written authorization from IRCC to travel with you, but they must have an essential (non-discretionary) reason for travel.

Essential reasons for travel are either:

  1. You’re a minor child and you need a family member to
    • travel with you
    • help you meet your guardian in Canada, and
    • get set up in your new home
  2. You aren’t a minor child, but you have supporting documents that prove you need a family member with you to get settled. For example, you have a physical or mental condition and you need help getting settled. In this case, you’d submit a medical note as proof.

In either case, only 1 immediate family member will be able to travel with you to Canada.

Your family member may still need an electronic travel authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa to travel to Canada.

If they need a visitor visa, you should include their application when you apply online for your study permit.

If they need an eTA, they must apply for one separately. Make sure they follow the special instructions on how to apply for an eTA at this time.

If they’ll study or work in Canada with you

You must submit all of your applications together when you apply online. To be able to enter Canada, they’ll need to

  • have a study or work permit, or a letter of introduction showing they’ve been approved for a study or work permit
  • meet all other requirements to enter Canada as a student or worker

If they’ll join you later

If your family will join you after you’re already in Canada, what they need to travel depends on where they’re travelling from. Find out what they need to join you in Canada. They may also need an eTA or a visitor visa to travel to Canada.

Health requirements for travellers to Canada

To travel to Canada, you must

Apply for a study permit

Due to the impacts of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we

  • have temporarily changed how we process applications
  • can’t provide accurate processing times

This is to make sure that we can prioritize applications from people who meet the requirements to enter Canada.

Apply online

If you’re applying for a study permit, you should apply online, whether you’re outside of Canada or already in Canada.

When you apply, you should

If you can’t apply online because of a disability or because there’s a problem with the online application, you can apply on paper.

If you plan to study in Quebec, you must provide a valid Quebec Acceptance Certificate or proof that you applied for one.

How we process applications

We’ll process your application in our regular study permit process if you

We’ll process your application in 2 stages if

  • you submitted your application on or before December 15, 2020
  • your application is incomplete due to COVID-19 (for example, you’re missing your biometrics or medical), and
  • your program begins in the winter 2021 semester

If we process your application in 2 stages, this is what will happen:

Stage 1: We check your eligibility

In this stage, an officer reviews your application for

  • a letter of acceptance from a DLI
  • a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (if you’ll be studying in Quebec)
  • proof that you have enough money for
    • tuition fees
    • living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada, and
    • return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
  • any family ties you may have to Canada
  • evidence that you’ll leave Canada when you no longer have legal status

If your application passes this first stage, we’ll let you know by email or in your online account. This doesn’t guarantee that we’ll approve your application and issue you a study permit.

Stage 2: We check your application for admissibility and any changes to your eligibility

In this stage, an officer reviews your application for

  • a medical exam, if needed
  • police certificates, if needed
  • your biometrics
  • any information that changed after we reviewed your application for eligibility

If your application passes this second stage, we’ll approve it. If you applied for a co-op work permit, we’ll now assess your co-op work permit application.

At this point, if you meet the requirements, you may be able to travel to Canada and

  • begin your studies, or
  • continue your studies, if you’ve already started studying online

Applying at the port of entry

In general, you should not apply for a study permit at a Canadian port of entry. You should apply online for a study permit before you travel to Canada.

If you’re already in Canada and you try to apply at the port of entry, you may need to quarantine for 14 days when you re-enter Canada.

Only certain people can apply at the port of entry at this time. You may be able to apply at the port of entry if you’re a

  • U.S. citizen
  • lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
  • resident of Greenland
  • resident of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon

If you meet one of these requirements, you must have all the documents required to apply for a study permit with you when you arrive at the border. The border services officer who greets you will determine if you’re eligible to enter Canada as a student.

What to do if you can’t provide required documents

Upload a letter of explanation explaining why you can’t submit the required documents (like your biometrics, proof of enrolment, final transcripts, or others). For example, you may not be able to get these documents because offices are closed.

You must provide a letter of acceptance from a DLI when you apply. We won’t process applications that are submitted without this document.

We won’t reject your application if you can’t submit the required documents, other than your letter of acceptance, because of COVID-19.

When we start processing your application, we’ll ask for the missing documents and give you an extension to provide them, if needed.

If you want to stay in Canada longer

You must apply online to extend your stay in Canada.

If your study permit is going to expire soon

If you’re a student, you have 3 options:

  1. You may be able to extend your study permit, if you want to continue studying.
  2. You may be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), if you completed your study program.
  3. You can apply to change your status to visitor, if you’re not studying or applying for a PGWP.

You must submit an application for 1 of these options before your study permit expires, or you may need to leave Canada.

COVID-19: Changes to biometrics requirement for in-Canada temporary residence applicants

As a temporary measure, if you’re in Canada and applying to work, study or stay temporarily in Canada, you do not need to give your biometrics. Learn more about the exemption.

If your study permit has expired

If your study permit expires before you apply to extend it, you’ve lost your status as a student in Canada. You may be able to restore your status.

If you’re a visitor who needs a study permit

You can apply online for a study permit if you’re already in Canada as a visitor.

When you apply, you must follow the instructions for applying from outside of Canada. We’ll process your application in the same amount of time as though you’d applied from your home country, outside of Canada.

If we approve your application and send you a port of entry letter of introduction, you need to contact us to have your study permit sent to you in Canada.

You can’t start studying until you receive your study permit.

Studying in Quebec

The Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) is extending the validity of Quebec Acceptance Certificates (CAQs) until December 31, 2020 for all certificates expiring between April 30 and December 31, 2020.

If you submit a CAQ that expires between April 30 and December 31, 2020, with your study permit application, your new study permit expiry date will be December 31, 2020, unless your passport expires before this date.

This doesn’t apply if your CAQ expired before April 30, 2020.

You should apply for a CAQ if

  • you never had a CAQ
  • your CAQ expired before April 30, 2020
  • you plan to continue studying after December 31, 2020

Submit proof that you applied for a new CAQ when we ask you to upload your CAQ. If you receive a new CAQ before we’re ready to process your application, you can submit it using our Web form.

Complying with your study permit conditions

You’ll still be complying with your study permit conditions if your in-class courses are temporarily moved to an online-only format or suspended completely because of COVID-19. To stay compliant you must

  • stay enrolled in your DLI, and
  • participate in your studies online, if your DLI offers them

If your DLI closes permanently due to COVID-19, you have 150 days to

Letter of support for future applications

If, on a future application, an officer asks you for more information about your time studying in Canada, your DLI should provide you with a letter of support to explain how your studies were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working as a student

You can continue to work, even if COVID-19 has forced you to become a part-time student or to take a break in your studies, as long as

  • you’re registered as a full-time student, and
  • your study permit says you’re allowed to work while you study

If you work off campus, you can work up to 20 hours per week during an academic session. You can work full time during scheduled breaks in the academic year.

If you worked in an essential service or function

Between April 22 and August 31, 2020, you were temporarily allowed to work more than 20 hours per week during an academic session if

  • you worked in an essential service or function, and
  • you had a valid study permit that allowed you to work off campus

This change no longer applies.

If, on a future application, an officer asks you about work you performed during this time, let them know what essential service or function you worked in. You could ask your employer for a letter of support to confirm this.

Find out if your work was considered an essential service or function.

Co-op work permits

During the COVID-19 outbreak, many international students are studying online from abroad. If your school and employer agree, you can either

  • accept a Canadian work placement and begin working remotely from your home country
  • work for a company in your home country

If you’re working outside Canada, you can work while we process your study permit and co-op work permit applications.

How to apply for a co-op work permit

How your post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility is affected

If you’re eligible for the post-graduation work permit program, you’ll still be able to get a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) if

  • your in-person classes in Canada have been moved to an online-only format and you had to begin or will continue your classes online because of COVID-19, or
  • you had to put your studies on hold or study part-time during the winter, spring or summer 2020 semesters because of COVID-19

If you’re outside of Canada

You’re still eligible for a PGWP if you can’t travel to Canada at this time and

  • you have a study permit
  • you’ve been approved for a study permit
  • you applied for a study permit before starting your study program in the spring, summer or fall 2020 semester, or
  • you will apply for a study permit before starting your study program in the January 2021 semester

If you’re in this situation, you can begin your classes while outside Canada.

If you applied for your study permit before starting your program

Any time spent studying online from outside Canada since spring 2020 now counts toward the length of a PGWP. (Before, only the time spent studying online after you were approved for a study permit counted.)

You won’t have time deducted from the length of your PGWP for studies you complete outside Canada until April 30, 2021.

How much of your program you can complete online

How much of your program you can complete online depends on when you started studying and how long your study program is.

  1. You’re taking a short-term program that started between May and September 2020You can complete 100% of your program online. Your program must be between 8 and 12 months long, and you must have started your studies between May and September 2020.If you’re studying in a Quebec vocational program, your program must be between 900 and 1,348 hours.
  2. You’re taking a program that is 12 months or longer, or you started a short-term program before May 2020You can complete up to 50% of your program online (until April 30, 2021). You must complete the other 50% of your program in Canada.
  3. You’re completing 2 study programsYou can complete up to 50% of your total studies online (until April 30, 2021). To be able to do this
    • you must complete both study programs from an eligible DLI within 2 years
    • one of the programs must have started between May and September 2020, and
    • each program must meet all PGWP eligibility requirements and be at least 8 months long

    You must complete at least 50% of the combined length of the 2 programs in Canada.

    If you’re studying in a Quebec vocational program

    • a diploma (DVS program) must be at least 900 hours long
    • an attestation of vocational studies (AVS) can be less than 900 hours if it’s combined with a DVS

Apply for a PGWP

To apply for a PGWP, you need to submit

  • a letter of completion and
  • your final transcript

Find out what to do if you’re unable to provide required documents because of COVID-19.

You can start working right away, until we make a decision on your application, if

If your PGWP has expired or will expire soon

Starting January 27, 2021, you may be eligible for an open work permit of up to 18 months under a new public policy. Find out if you meet the requirements for this open work permit.

You can submit applications for this open work permit until July 27, 2021.

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Scholarships for International Students

Scholarships for International Students

International scholarship opportunities for non-Canadians

Choose Canada as your study or research destination and explore the scholarship opportunities available to support the best and brightest to come to Canada. Explore our database by country of origin to find scholarships, fellowships or funding opportunities made available by Global Affairs Canada and other Canadian federal government departments.

Featured scholarships

Scholarship name Who for Who applies How to apply
Short-term exchange programs
Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) – for mid-career professionals Mid-career professionals from ASEAN countries Individual candidates Guidelines
Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED) – for students Students from ASEAN countries Canadian institution Guidelines
Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program Faculty or staff at post-secondary institutions in CARICOM countries Canadian institution Guidelines
Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program Students from CARICOM countries Canadian institution Guidelines
Canada-CARICOM Skills Training for the Green Economy Scholarships Program Students from CARICOM countries Canadian colleges and institutes Guidelines
Canada-Chile Leadership Exchange Scholarship Students from Chile Canadian institution Guidelines
Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program Chinese graduates, teachers, researchers and senior professionals Individual candidates Guidelines
Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program Students from Latin America and the Caribbean Canadian institution Guidelines
Study in Canada Scholarships Students from: Algeria, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, and Ukraine Canadian institution Guidelines
Online study scholarships
Canada-CARICOM Virtual University Scholarship Program Citizens in CARICOM countries Citizens in CARICOM countries Guidelines
Research projects
Canada-Brazil Awards – Joint Research Projects Canadian and Brazilian research teams Canadian faculty and researchers (Project Leads) – STEP 1 Guidelines

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Student Direct Stream

Student Direct Stream: About the process

Depending on where you live, you may be able to get your study permit faster through the Student Direct Stream (SDS).

We try to process most SDS applications within 20 calendar days. However, some applications may take longer.

To get faster processing, you must

  • give your biometrics as soon as possible
  • meet all the eligibility requirements

A study permit is not a visa and does not, by itself, allow you to travel to or enter Canada. You may also need a visitor visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA). If you do, we’ll issue your visitor visa or eTA with your study permit.

Future of Canadian Immigration: 2021-23

Future of Canadian Immigration

History of Canadian Immigration

  • Canadian Immigration Targets 2021-23

  • Why Immigrate to Canada 

  • Uncertainty of Canadian immigration Programs

  • Various routes to Canadian Permanent Residence

  • Who Can Assist You with Your Canadian Immigration / Visa Application

  • Why Choose Euro Immigration Consultants for Your Canadian Immigration / Visa:

Future of Canadian Immigration

  1. Canadian Immigration in historical perspective:

Historically Canada has been a country of immigrants. Immigrants from Asia came to this part of world thousands of years ago and today constitute First nation population of the country. Later in 15th & 16th Century Europeans landed in North America during their exploratory visits. English and French voyagers and businessmen were the main who inhabited North America. French People mainly settled in today’s Quebec province of Canada whereas the English settled in Central parts. In 19th century Chinese migrants flocked to Canada in search of Gold and mainly settled on western coast in British Columbia. In 20th century mostly Europeans arrived to Canada, particularly after the two world Wars. Till 80’s the main focus of Canadian immigration remained on family reunification from Europe for the migrants who has escaped the war and its after effects. However, due to growing economic conditions, the immigration policies shifted towards temporary workers which later transformed to focus on economic migration of Best young people to Canada. Today immigration has transformed from a demographic tool to an economic development engine of Canada. Canadian Immigration Minister The Honourable Marco Mendicino recently said “Immigration is essential to getting us through the pandemic, but also to our short-term economic recovery and our long-term economic growth .


Post World War II saw an increase in Canadian population through the birth of Baby boomers from 1945-65. The baby boomer population has started retiring after 2000, due to which Canada needs more skilled workers for its economic development.  Canadian immigration policies have been revised in 2009 and then in 2015 in order to adjust the immigration as per the demand and requirement of skilled workers in the country.  The annual immigration target of 1% of population has been hardly achieved in recent years. The immigration objectives have been hypothetically divided into short, medium and long term targets. The short term immigration targets are being achieved through temporary workers; medium term through Skilled immigration and long term through the International students program (introduced in 2014). In recent years, International student program has received great popularity particularly after the introduction of Students Direct Stream (SDS) in 2018. In 2018, 58% of skilled immigrants who obtained Canadian Permanent Residence were previously international students in Canada who were able to outclass applicants from abroad through their high English / French language skills, Canadian Education and Canadian experience. This caused rise in the cut off points in Express Entry and certain PNP pools. Today immigration is crucial for the economic recovery and development of Canada. 

  • Canadian Immigration Targets 2021-23

Canada’s Minister of Immigration announced new enhanced targets for immigration from 2021-23. From a target of 351000 in 2020, the target for 2021 has been set to 401000, for 2022 -411000 and for 2022-421000. The quota for skilled immigration has been raised from 58% to 60%. These enhanced targets are likely to reduce the cut off points of Express Entry and different PNPs.

  • Why Immigrate to Canada:

In the modern day world immigration programs of only Canada and Australia are the most popular. UK is about to introduce Extended stay program from summer of 2021 for international students; USA only offers work permit (H1B) if a foreign national has a job offer, which may lead permanent residence (Green Card). Certain European countries have temporary immigration program but they are dependent upon securing a job offer which hardly possible in those countries due to language barriers. In view of this the Canadian and Australian programs remain the only two choices for intending migrants intending to immigrate to an English speaking country. Canada with its 380 million population is preferred by foreign nationals Over Australia whose population is about 280 million. There are various factors which make Canada the number one destination for people intending to migrate for a better life style, quality and standard of life, economic gains, social and cultural retention, safety and above all the tolerant multicultural society of Canada that absorbs new immigrants from any country. 

  • Uncertainty of Canadian Immigration Programs:

There is one thing certain about the Canadian immigration that it is never certain. There are over 100 routes to apply for Canadian Permanent residence which keep on changing from time to time depending upon the need at Federal or provincial level in Canada. Canadian Provinces differ in their economy and demography. While Ontario’s economy is based on Service industry, manufacturing, agriculture, construction, that of Alberta is based on oil and agriculture. Due to such differences, it is not similar for a person to move to anywhere in Canada due to kinship or liking or disliking. Therefore, Canadian immigration is a complex web for which you definitely need assistance from a professional who could not only help you with your immigration but also your smooth settlement and transition. You can do some research over internet, good sources of information are widely available on internet but solution to a particular problem is only available with an experienced Immigration professional who lives in Canada, has personal experience of settlement in Canada, knows about the laws and norms of Canada and can guide you about your new life in Canada. Do you believe that an unauthorized ghost consultant in your town, who might not have ever visited abroad, what to say of Canada, can assist you with your Canadian immigration applicant and your new life in Canada?

  • Various Routes to Canadian Permanent Residence 

Canadian immigration is quite complicated; it accepts both temporary and permanent immigration. The temporary immigrants include students, visitors and workers, whereas,  the Permanent Immigrants include skilled immigrants, entrepreneurs, self-employed people, family class (spouse/partner, children, Parents of Canadian Permanent Residents and Citizens). In addition to these there are asylum seekers and refugees seeking protection. FREE ASSESSMENT by a licensed Immigration Consultant. 

Temporary immigration of Canada grants pathways to permanent residence. Temporary foreign workers can apply for Canadian Permanent Residence through Federal skilled worker (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal skilled trades program (FSTP)or Provincial nomination Program (PNP). Only those foreign nationals whose skills are in demand, who fulfil the eligibility criteria of a particular job and certain immigration requirements get the work permit of Canada both from outside or inside Canada.

Students – Study in Canada: 

Similarly international students in Canada get working opportunity in Canada through Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). The experience acquired during the work permit gives them extra points to apply for PR through any of the routes discussed above for temporary foreign workers. Study in Canada is an alternate route to Canadian permanent residence for those graduates and professionals who otherwise do not qualify in any of the skilled immigration routes. In order to secure the Canadian study permit an applicant must be a genuine student, must have funds and resources to bear the cost of studies and living in Canada, have the ability to pursue such studies and retain strong ties back home. FREE ASSESSMENT by a licensed Immigration Consultant. 

Skilled Immigration:

Foreign nationals outside Canada can apply for direct Permanent residence of Canada. Skilled workers or professionals can apply through various programs like FSW, FSTP, PNP, AIPP, RNIP and municipal immigration. Artists and Athletes can apply through the Self Employment stream. FSW, CEC, FSTP and some PNPs are managed through an application management system called Express Entry. Among the different PNPs SINP, OINP, Nova Scotia Nominee program-NSNP, Manitoba Immigrant nominee program-MINP are very popular among foreign nationals for without job offer immigration streams. While FSW, CEC and FSTP are federal programs without any occupation restriction, all PNPs are occupation restricted and each province has its own list of in demand occupations in which they accept EOI from foreign nationals. 

Business Immigration:

Businessmen, people with business or management experience, and high net worth people can apply through the Provincial Entrepreneur, Quebec investor, Federal Start up, owner operator and intra company transfer programs. All of these programs offer route to Permanent Residence of Canada either directly or indirectly.  For all of these programs, applicants are assessed for their qualification, English or French language skills, work experience, age, spouse qualification and language skills, relatives in Canada, job offer, Canadian Education and experience and net worth &  investment for entrepreneurs.  FREE ASSESSMENT by a licensed Immigration Consultant. 

  • Who Can Assist You with Your Canadian Immigration / Visa Application: 

Canadian federal and provincial laws only authorize certain people to assist applicants with Canadian immigration application process with or without a fee. These include Lawyers in Canada, Quebec Notaries and Members of ICCRC. ICCRC  (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Counsel) is the Regulatory body of immigration consultants in Canada. Members of ICCRC, called Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCIC), have passed through an intensive training of Canadian immigration law at college level, obtained a very high proficiency level of English / French language and then challenged the Full Skills exam of ICCRC in order to become its member and get license to practice Canadian immigration law both inside or outside Canada. In addition RCICs are required to keep themselves updated with various immigration updates through a minimum of sixteen hours training-CPD (Continuous Professional Development) on annual basis. An average RCIC spends more than C$5000 annually on maintaining his license, paying membership fee, training fees, insurance, various software, CRM, Cloud space etc. With such updated knowledge, skills and experience they become your ideal counsel and Canadian Immigration consultant who pave way for your new life in Canada. 

  • Why Choose Euro Immigration Consultants for Your Canadian Immigration / Visa:

Euro Immigration Consultant is a Toronto based Canadian immigration firm spearheaded by Mr. Ahmad Junaid Salik who is member is good standing of ICCRC since 2013. He has been practicing Canadian immigration since 2013 and international immigration since 2002 from Pakistan. Based in Toronto area of Canada and managing and operating his Canadian immigration practice from there, he owns four offices in Pakistan in Peshawar (Since 2003), Karachi (Since 2015), Lahore & Islamabad (Since 2016). All clients in Pakistan who approach these liaison offices get direct immigration consultation from Mr. Salik and facilitated by his hand picked, trained and experienced team in each of the offices. Clients visa files and immigration applications are submitted from head office in Canada by Mr. Salik himself, thus, clients have peace of mind of little or no error margin. 

We have thousands of success stories including that of Mr. Salik himself who immigrated to Canada as a skilled worker in 2012, qualified to be a RCIC in 2013 and has been successfully managing his Canadian immigration law practice since then from Canada.

At Euro Immigration Consultant, you will have peace of mind that you will remain in safe hands of a professional and licensed immigration consultant. Our traits that make us distinctive include, Qualified, legit, experienced, professionalism, knowledgeable,  dedication, honest, modest, truthful, straightforward, reliable, flexible, just to name a few.  



Additional points in Express Entry to help increase Francophone immigration outside Quebec

News release

October 27, 2020—Ottawa—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced that French-speaking and bilingual candidates will receive additional points under the Express Entry system. Express Entry is an online system used to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers. This change will help deliver on the government’s commitment to reach the target of 4.4% French-speaking immigrant admissions outside Quebec by 2023.

While French-speaking immigration to Canada outside of Quebec has been increasing, recent data indicates that existing selection tools will not be sufficient to reach the 4.4% target by 2023. Awarding additional points to candidates with strong French language skills via Express Entry could increase French-speaking immigrant admissions to the 4.4% target by 2023. Making progress towards reaching this target will be facilitated by an eventual easing of travel restrictions associated with the global pandemic.

The change announced today will see the current number of points increase from 15 to 25 for French-speaking candidates and from 30 to 50 for bilingual candidates. This comes after we initially awarded points in June 2017 to candidates with strong French language skills.


“Supporting the development of Francophone minority communities outside of Quebec is part of this government’s plan for economic growth and long-term prosperity throughout the country. It is also the right thing to do to help support Francophone communities right across Canada. We will continue to attract Francophone immigrants to make sure that Francophone minority communities flourish.”

– The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Quick facts

  • In 2019, the percentage of French-speaking immigrants admitted to Canada outside Quebec reached 2.82%, an increase from previous years. We have also seen increases in the proportion of French speakers invited to apply each year. That proportion reached 5.6% in 2019, up from 4.5% in 2018.
  • From 2003 to 2019, more than 60,000 French-speaking immigrants were admitted to Canada in communities outside Quebec, about 8,465 in 2019 alone.
  • Under the Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future, IRCC is investing $40.8 million over 5 years to support the consolidation of a Francophone integration pathway and horizontal policy development.
  • Under the Canada-Quebec Accord, Quebec establishes its own immigration levels.
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New temporary public policy will allow visitors to apply for a work permit without having to leave Canada

News release

Revised August 25

Change intended to benefit employers who are still facing difficulties finding workers

August 24, 2020—Ottawa—Visitors who are currently in Canada and have a valid job offer will be able to apply for an employer-specific work permit and, if approved, receive the permit without having to leave the country, thanks to a new public policy announced today by the Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

This temporary policy change takes effect immediately and will benefit employers in Canada who continue to face difficulties finding the workers they need, as well as temporary residents who would like to contribute their labour and skills to Canada’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the pandemic, temporary residents who remained in Canada were encouraged to maintain valid legal status. With air travel limited around the world, some visitors to Canada have been unable to leave, while some foreign workers had to change their status to visitor because their work permit was expiring and they didn’t have a job offer to be able to apply for a new work permit. Some employers in Canada have also faced ongoing labour and skills shortages throughout this period, including those who provide important goods and services that Canadians rely on.

To be eligible, an applicant looking to benefit from this temporary public policy must

  • have valid status in Canada as a visitor on the day they apply
  • have been in Canada on August 24, 2020 and remained in Canada
  • have a job offer
  • submit an application for an employer-specific work permit that is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment, no later than March 31, 2021
  • meet all other standard admissibility criteria

This temporary public policy also provides the opportunity for applicants who meet these criteria and who had a valid work permit in the past 12 months to begin working for their new employer before their work permit application has been fully approved. To do so, they need to follow the instructions for the process described here:


“We have heard from employers who continue to face challenges recruiting and hiring the workers they need during the pandemic. At the same time, some visitors in Canada may be able to contribute their skills where there are labour shortages. The measures introduced today will now allow visitors to apply for work permits without having to leave the country first. This exemption from the normal temporary work permit requirements is aimed at removing barriers to create a more agile workforce that leverages visitors with the skills and experience to accelerate our economic recovery.”

—The Honourable Marco E.L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Quick facts

  • Any type of visitor who meets the criteria is eligible to apply under this new public policy, including super visa holders, business visitors and those who entered Canada through a Global Skills Strategy work permit exemption.
  • Foreign nationals who arrive in Canada as visitors after August 24, 2020, are not eligible under the public policy.
  • Prior to this temporary policy change, a person applying as a temporary resident would usually need to apply for their initial work permit before they came to Canada. If they were already in Canada with visitor status when they were approved for a work permit, they would need to leave Canada and return before their work permit was issued to them.

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IRCC speeding up processing for spousal applications

Canada caring for caregivers

News release

September 24, 2020—Ottawa—Today, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, is announcing action to speed up spousal application processing and help families build their lives together in Canada.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has increased the number of decision-makers on spousal applications in Canada by 66%, to process spousal applications more quickly and reduce couples’ wait times.

IRCC is leveraging new technology in a pilot to digitize paper applications so they can be processed more efficiently by IRCC employees working remotely and at various worksites. In addition to implementing facilitative biometrics measures, IRCC will be piloting, in the upcoming weeks, technology to conduct interviews with applicants remotely, in adherence with public health protocols.

With these initiatives, IRCC aims to accelerate, prioritize and finalize approximately 6,000 spousal applications each month from October until December 2020. Combined with processing to date, this rate will lead to about 49,000 decisions by the end of this year.

COVID-19 has created uncertainty for Canadians who are sponsoring spouses for permanent residence. We will continue to search for innovative and compassionate ways to reunite families, while following the advice of our public health experts to protect the health and safety of Canadians.


“We understand that the last few months have not been easy for those who are far from their loved ones in these difficult times. This is why we are accelerating the approval of spousal applications as much as possible. Our government will continue to find new ways to keep families together.”

– The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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The government of Canada announces details for the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program

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News release

October 5, 2020—Ottawa—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced details for the opening of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents (PGP) Program, building further on the government’s commitment to reuniting families.

Over a 3-week period, from 12 p.m. EDT on October 13, 2020, to 12 p.m. EST on November 3, 2020, Canadians and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada will have an opportunity to submit an interest to sponsor form online.

In order to ensure a fair, transparent and equal opportunity for applicants, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will randomly select potential sponsors and send them an invitation to submit an application. Selected applicants will have 60 days to submit their application.

Accommodation is available to persons with disabilities who are unable to use the online form. They can request the interest to sponsor form in an alternative format (paper copy, Braille or large print) by contacting the IRCC Client Support Centre at 1-888-242-2100 or by email until November 3, 2020.

Given that many sponsors may have been financially impacted by the exceptional circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, IRCC is introducing a temporary public policy that will reduce the income requirement for the 2020 tax year to the minimum necessary income, instead of the minimum necessary income plus 30%.

The government knows how important it is for families to be together, particularly during difficult times. The launch of the 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program builds on the government’s initiatives to prioritize the approval of 49,000 family sponsorship applications by December 31, 2020, as well as last week’s announcement of a process to reunite more families and approve compassionate cases within the current border restrictions.

A maximum of 10,000 applications will be accepted for processing as part of the 2020 PGP intake. In 2021, IRCC will open a new intake of interest to sponsor forms to accept a total of 30,000 new applications.


“Our government strongly believes in the importance of keeping families together—particularly during difficult times. The Parents and Grandparents Program is a dedicated pathway to reuniting more families in Canada. Our government has strengthened the program by increasing the number of people who can apply, making the intake process more fair, and steadily increasing the number of families who will be able to reunite. Now, more than ever, family reunification is an important component of Canada’s immigration system. It plays a key role in attracting, retaining and integrating the best and the brightest from around the world.”

– The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that the PGP Program is accessible and fair for all Canadians and permanent residents. IRCC worked with stakeholders on ways to better accommodate persons with disabilities in developing the 2020 program design.
  • Due to COVID-19, the launch of the 2020 PGP Program was delayed to allow the Government of Canada to prioritize its efforts to contribute to the whole-of-government response to the global pandemic.

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