Five Benefits of Continuing your Education in Canada
If you've just wrapped up an 8-month to one-year academic program in Canada but are not yet ready to apply for your post-graduation work permit (PGWP), you may want to consider returning to school for a second program.
Paying international tuition is no joke and that is why the decision to invest in a second program needs to be a well-considered and calculated one.
If you are considering the pros and cons, here are five serious benefits of extending your studies in Canada you should keep top of mind:
1. Delay your PGWP application
The Canadian Post Graduation Work Permit is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so it's advisable not to jump into it. First, if the job market outlook looks bleak, you may want to rethink availing this privilege. Second, if your intention is to eventually settle in Canada, it's better to work with an immigration lawyer to assess your current Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score under Express Entry. A lawyer can help you determine if your application could use the extra points that come with a longer PGWP (Canadian work experience).
2. No pressure to find a job quickly or leave Canada
There is a lot of sweat, ambition and money involved in an international student journey. From sitting on a plane and leaving behind the life you know to building it from scratch in a brand-new land, your steps to success can be as brutal as they are exciting. You didn't travel all the way and invest in your education to leave Canada without achieving your original goal. Returning to school for a second program can buy you the time you need to help you achieve your objectives.
3. Opportunity to enhance your qualifications and skillset to meet the demands of the Canadian job market
As an international student, it takes time to develop an understanding of the Canadian job market and tune into popular career pathways. Returning to school for a second program allows you to gain the Canadian experience you want and excel in the academic/professional field you have chosen for yourself.
4. Earn eligibility for a longer PGWP
The length of the PWGP awarded to you depends on the duration of your studies in Canada so by going back to school you can buy yourself a longer PGWP in Canada. Check out our blog "Important Reminders about the Canadian Post Graduation Work Permit" for more information.
5. Improve your CRS score to qualify under the Canadian Express Entry process
Every international student leaves their home country with a unique educational and career background. If your decision to come to Canada was influenced by its attractive immigration pathways, it is advisable to work with an immigration lawyer so that you can assess your current Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. An immigration lawyer can help you determine if your immigration application will benefit from the extra points that may be earned by returning to school to refine your qualifications and professional skillset.
Are you ready to apply to a second college program?
Sometimes it's easier to make an important decision with the help of someone who already has access to all the information you need. This is where we can help. IDP counselors have the knowledge and expertise to help you find a school and program that matches your available budget.
IDP is committed to helping international students in Canada achieve their learning and career aspirations. We do not charge our students any fees for our services.
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