The five amendments that are done in Canada benefit international students as well as the permanent residents, who held protected person status or were temporary residents such as work permit and study permit holders.
As On 11th October, the Canadian permanent residents who were previously on study permit will be able to count a portion of their time while studying towards Canadian citizenship residency requirement. There was also reduction in the physical presence for 3 to 4 years. It means international students and graduates, who would be looking to settle in Canada can enjoy the better way for their needs.
How this benefits international students
As per the new regulations, each day of the permanent residents spent in Canada as an international student or a post graduation work permit holder, was counted as a half day for up to a maximum of 365 possible days. The new measures and the reduction in the days for physical presence for three years could mean the workers and the international graduates in Canada are eligible to apply for citizenship after two years of being permanent residents.Morever, the government no longer needed the citizenship applicants to be present in Canada for 183 or more days in 4 out of 6 years preceding the citizenship application as was earlier.
As before, the time spent in Canada on temporary status was not counted for citizenship. The students would be counting their physical presence requirement for citizenship after getting the permanent residence. The residents had to be present in Canada for 4 to 6 years to fulfill the physical presence requirements in order to be eligible to apply for the citizenship.
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International students as permanent residents
Canada always encourages international students and workers to contribute towards the culture and economy of Canada. The international students for post secondary studies increased to 16 percent in one year, from 2015 to 2016.
Canada’s federal government always emphasizes on the better immigration programs such as Express Entry Canada and the provincial nominee program Canada.