Benefits for International Students in Canada - Reforms to Increase Opportunities


Meridean Overseas

Updated On 31 October 2022 & Read Time 5 minutes



With more than 300 Universities and Colleges, Canada is one of the best destinations to study abroad. Every year, Canada hosts more than half a million international students. It is also one of the most affordable countries for international students. The cost of living and tuition in Canada is cheaper than in most countries.

Also, it is a warm and friendly place to live in. Regarding fantastic work opportunities and global careers, studying in Canada can undoubtedly provide a high return on investment. Generally, international students are offered three intakes in Canada, i.e., in January, May, and September.

Benefits of Studying in Canada

Studying in Canada provides you with many benefits and massive career scope. Some of the top reasons to study in Canada are mentioned below.

  • Many Canadian Universities and Colleges are among the world's top educational institutions. While studying in those institutes, international students get the opportunity to learn from the best subject experts around the globe.

  • The degrees from Canadian institutes are valued worldwide and provide you with a pathway to a global career. The country itself has tremendous scope for jobs in top MNCs.

  • One of the primary reasons to study in Canada is the excellent research and development opportunities. Most Canadian universities are research-intensive. Also, the Canadian Government offers support for research undertaken for public welfare.

  • Canada has welcomed international students from different parts of the world for a long time. This offers a great multicultural experience to all the students visiting Canada.

  • The Canadian student visa allows international students to work up to 20 hours per week during regular days and 40 hours per week during holidays. It helps the students to bear their living expenses.

  • Canada's Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PWPP) allows students to stay and work in Canada for up to three years after graduation. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about Canada's high standard of work ethics.

  • It is one of the safest countries to study in. The crime rate in Canada is very low. Also, the standard of living in Canada is very high.

  • International students can also apply for scholarships in Canada.

Problem Faced by International Students to Study in Canada in 2022

Many international students seeking to study in Canada faced various visa procedure problems. There were massive delays by immigration services. This was restricting thousands of international students from studying in Canada. At the same time, some students had even deposited their tuition fees to the institute but were facing problems collecting their visas. The Canadian educational institutions acted on the issue and discussed it with IRCC. Most countries wrote to the Canadian Government to express their concerns about visa delays. Recently, the government made 5 new announcements to help international students wishing to study in Canada and normalise the immigration process.   

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New Announcements by Canada for International Students

To overcome the problem of visa delays, Canada is continuously working to strengthen its immigration system and improve client experience. Recently, the Government has made 5 new announcements to improve its immigration services.

  1. According to CIC News, Canada will increase the number of study permit holders. In 2022-2023 approximately 753,000 international students will get the study permit. This is an excellent opportunity for international students planning to study in Canada.

  2. Canada plans to expand the Student Direct Stream (SDS), which allows fast-track study permits for candidates from many countries to provide a smooth procedure for a study permit.

  3. To fill the gap of labour shortage, it is planning to promote permanent residence for international students in Canada.

  4. To help international students track their applications, Canada's immigration authority has promised to publish monthly data on backlogs.

  5. Recently, working off-campus in Canada for international students is also permissible. The students can work for over 20 hours per week in a temporary measure. Internationals who have already submitted a study permit application can also avail this opportunity.

The updates will help international students secure admission to Canadian Universities and Colleges. The more straightforward visa process will motivate international students to study in Canada. The labour shortage problem in Canada can benefit international students. Also, in the SDS process, students must provide fewer documents than non-SDS.

Other Efforts by the Canadian Government to Improve Immigration

  • Canada's minister of Immigration, refugees, and citizenship is planning to hire 1250 employees to improve online systems and the process of Canadian Immigration.

  • Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have also clarified international students' rules. The rule includes online classes for students outside of Canada and promotes distance learning.

Basic Documents Required to Apply for a Canadian Student Visa

International students require various academic and personal documents to apply for a Student Visa in Canada. Some of the essential documents are mentioned below.

  • Offer letter from the university/ college

  • Financial Documents

  • Valid passport

  • Statement of purpose

  • Custodian declaration (minor children)

  • Letter of Recommendation

  • Proof of Medicals

  • Birth certificate

  • English Proficiency score

  • Attested copies of 10th, 12th and Degree certificates

List of Top Colleges in Canada

Canada is a hub of various top-ranked colleges. Below are some of the best colleges to study in Canada for international students.

  • Centennial College

  • Humber College

  • George Brown College

  • Lambton College

  • Conestoga College

  • Seneca College

  • St. Lawrence College

  • Selkirk College

  • Algonquin College

  • Niagara College


Moreover, students who wish to study in Canada can contact our expert educational counsellors at any branch of Meridean Overseas Education Consultants (MOEC). Our expert counsellors will provide you with the best guidance and support you need to be admitted to top Canadian Universities and Colleges. They will also help you with the visa process. Moreover, the students can also take free online counselling through our website. For more information or any queries, you can mail us at or call us at our toll-free no. 1800-1230-00011.

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