Canada, known for its diversity, inclusive values and high standard of living, is internationally recognized as one of the best countries to live and study in.
Canada is the second-largest country in the world, and shares the world’s largest border with its neighbor, the United States. Due to Canada’s vast size, there are many types of landscapes and ecosystems that span the nation, including mountains, coastal regions, forests, prairie grasslands and arctic tundra. Canada is known for its natural beauty and wildlife, so take the chance to explore it while you’re here!
Canada experiences all four seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn (Fall) and Winter. The summers, which occur between June and September can be hot and humid with temperatures surpassing 30 degrees Celsius. Spring and Autumn are transition seasons, where there is typically more rain and temperatures rise or fall. Winter in Canada is very cold in most areas of the country, where temperatures typically fall below 0 degree Celsius. Snow can cover the ground from anywhere between December to early April. Some coastal areas such as Vancouver and Victoria often experience more mild winters, where rain is more common than snow.
At the beginning of January 2015, the Canadian government introduced a new application process for international graduates of Canadian universities and colleges wishing to immigrate to Canada: the Express Entry program. Under the new program, international students who have graduated from a Canadian institution are placed in a pool with other groups of skilled workers and prospective immigrants.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada then uses a standardized scoring scheme to determine which applicants to the pool will receive an invitation to Apply for permanent residency. Those who receive an Invitation to Apply may then go on to complete the application process via one of several previously established immigration programs.
Overall, the Express Entry program is meant to prioritize Canada immigration candidates with the highest likelihood of contributing to the Canadian economy and its labour force skills shortages. Canadian Immigration has also indicated the Express entry program will lead to shorter application times and better connections between employers and potential immigrant employees.
Express Entry requires students to submit an online profile detailing their basic information as well as their education and employment experience. All profiles are then ranked according to a scoring system that allocates points for each type of qualification or requirement. The scoring system looks at English or French language proficiency, education, Canadian work experience, and other factors leading to success in Canada. Candidates can earn up to 1200 points, with points broken down per section of the online application. Express Entry profiles earn big boost in scoring if they have either a job offer or a provincial or territorial nomination. Either of these would get them 600 points – halfway to the perfect score of 1200.
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