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Aug 30, 2016 at 12:00am ET By Joanna Hughes

While many students seek out international study opportunities in Canada, few stay after graduation due to immigration obstacles. According to a recent announcement from Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship John McCallum, this situation is subject to change in the near future. This fall, the country will roll out new policies aimed at welcoming international students to remain in Canada to work following completion of their studies. Let’s take a closer look.

Cultivating “Future Canadians”
Under the new policy, international students will now receive more points in the country’s Express Entry system thereby making it easier for them to remain in Canada as members of its workforce. Why the push? Says McCallum, "Canada is an aging country, so we need new young immigrants to support our economy and help make it grow.”

During an interview with, McCallum also cited international students for their profound potential to become “future Canadians” due to their youth, intelligence, bilingualism and familiarity with the country.

Rolling Out the Welcome Mat
While McCallum pointed out that the policy seeks to promote immigrating to Canada for all international students, he also spoke specifically about plans for longtime education partner China -- particularly regarding the opening of five to 10 more visa application centers approach. His explanation? "The governments of both countries want to expand ties in investment, trade and also in people, so we would like many more Chinese people to come to Canada as students, workers and temporary visitors ... so we need more visa application centers.”

Bilateral cooperation has long been strong between Canada and China, with more than 150,000 Chinese students studying in Canada last year representing 33 percent of the country's total international student population of 450,000. This latest development promises to further nurture Canada-china relations while simultaneously promoting Canada as a destination for international students from all over the world.


Joanna worked in higher education administration for many years at a leading research institution before becoming a full-time freelance writer. She lives in the beautiful White Mountains region of New Hampshire with her family.

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