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Montreal Ranked #1 City in the World for Students in 2017!

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February 16, 2017

Marisa MastrogiovanniMontreal has been ranked the best city in the world for international students! As a French-Speaking city in a largely English speaking country, Montreal has experienced mass immigration from across the world. Montreal is known for its multicultural makeup and inclusive ethos. It is also home to several of Canada’s highest-ranking institutions including McGill University, which has been ranked 30th in the world, and 1st in Canada. Although Toronto did not make the top 10 list (ranked in 11th place), it did have the highest score of any city in…

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Permanent Residence Options for International Students

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March 30, 2016

adminApril is just around the corner and this means that many students are in the process of completing their academic studies in Canada. International students studying in Canada are considered to be temporary residents and are expected to leave upon the completion of their studies. However, those students who wish to remain in Canada and become permanent residents have a few options. Canadian Experience Class International students who have completed programs from participating Canadian post-secondary institutions may apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). Eligible applicants who receive this open-work…

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Temporary Pause on OINP “Base” Stream Applications

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November 18, 2015

Chi-Young LeeThe Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) offers employers and investors the opportunity to recruit and retain highly skilled foreign workers in Ontario. The OINP also provides foreign workers and international students the opportunity to permanently live and work in the province. The program assists successful nominees to gain permanent residence status in Canada. Each year, the total number of nominations permitted by Ontario PNP is capped by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”). As of 16 November 2015, OINP has announced they have exhausted its “base stream” allocation for 2015 of…

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Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program – 2014 caps met

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November 19, 2014

Chi-Young LeeThe Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (“Ontario PNP”) offers employers and investors the opportunity to recruit and retain highly skilled foreign workers in Ontario as well as foreign workers and international students to permanently live and work in the province. The program assists successful nominees to gain permanent residence status in Canada.  Each year, the total number of nominations permitted by Ontario PNP is capped by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”). Opportunities Ontario has now met its 2014 cap of 2,500 nominations. Applicants can still submit their applications under all streams,…

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Canada Welcomes More International Students

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November 7, 2014

adminAccording to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, Canada has issued 11% more study permits to international students this year compared to 2013; in 2012, there was a 26% increase.  Last year, international students coming to Canada to pursue education are mainly from China, South Korea, India, France, and the United States.  Click here for the full news release.

Which Canadian University Should You Attend?

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October 23, 2014

adminFurther to my education blog, Tips for New Immigrant Students in Canada, posted earlier this month, the recent Canadian University Report by the Globe and Mail may further assist students with university selection.  Whether you are a Canadian, newcomer, or international student, choosing an appropriate university to attend can be quite overwhelming.  I hope you find this report informative and useful, as it provides an overview of the tuition costs, student experience, and the highlights of each university.  All the best! Click here for further information on study permits. Source

Tips for New Immigrant Students in Canada

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October 10, 2014

adminOctober is a busy and challenging month for many students.  With mid-term work and adjustment to new classes and/ or school environments, it can be a stressful time.  For immigrants who are either attending school in Canada for the first time or have not yet fully settled, the experience can be both exciting and uncertain.  Immigrants who are still learning either English or French – the two official languages in Canada – and have yet to develop their social networks may benefit from support programs and services geared specifically to…

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Outstanding numbers for Chinese Citizens

April 24, 2014

adminOn April 22, 2014 Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister, and Costas Menegakis, Parliamentary Secretary to Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister announced that in 2013 Canada issued more than 270,000 visitor visas , over 29,000 study permits and granted permanent residency to more than 34,000 Chinese citizens.

Minister Chris Alexander travels to China!

March 19, 2014

adminCanada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander is taking off for China, on a trip to promote Canada as a destination for business people, students and investors. This diplomatic travel comes right on the heels of the Minister’s February announcement to eliminate Canada’s Federal Immigrant Investor Program and Federal Entrepreneur Program, both exceptionally popular among Chinese investors looking to gain permanent residence in Canada. The Minister will travel to Hong Kong and Shanghai to promote the new focus of his immigration policy on Canada’s economic and labour market needs. He plans to outline visa options available to businesses, students, and families looking to settle in Canada.

A Summary of Recent Changes to Canadian Immigration

March 4, 2014

Mario BellissimoIn recent months Citizenship and Immigration Canada has introduced a series of regulatory changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Many of these changes have already started to come into effect this year. Below is a summary of how several popular immigration programs have been affected. To learn more, contact us today to find out how these changes may affect you!


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