The Graduate Visa Route – UK, Canada and USA

The Graduate Visa Route – UK, Canada & USA

 

Students who go abroad for post-secondary studies look for jobs once they have graduated to supplement their finances to help them settle their student loans and make living abroad affordable. Post-study visas also enable them to get invaluable work experience and enhance their chances of settling down there. The UK was the most sought-after place to head to for education for students because it offered post-study visas. This was gradually adopted by other countries as well and has become just as popular.

Graduate Immigration Route – UK

 

After the previous post-study visa route was phased out in 2012, there was a gap that needed to be filled for students looking to work after their education was over. Recently, the UK has introduced the Graduate Immigration Route. This allows students to stay in the UK after their program is completed and work at any level. There is no cap to the number of students that are allowed to stay under the scheme, nor is there a minimum wage level. Students who have completed their degree from a recognized UK university will be allowed to stay and work or look for work for two years. Those with a Ph.D. can stay for up to three years. This visa makes studying in the UK more attractive for a lot of prospective students. All students who will be completing their degree after July 1, 2021 (or later), will be eligible to apply for the post-study work visa. Students will also need a track record of compliance and have a valid student visa when submitting their application. The catch is that students whose visa is expiring before they have a chance to apply will not be able to extend their stay in the UK.

With the graduate immigration route, you can work in most fields, look for employment, be self-employed, and even do voluntary work. You may also continue to live in the UK with your partner and children if they are eligible and also choose to travel abroad and return to the UK.

Quick Facts:

  • 500,000 international students annually in the UK
  • The program aims to increase this number to 600,000 by 2030
  • The number of student visa applications has increased 19% since June 2011
  • 86% of sponsored study applications are for higher education in the university sector

Post-Graduation Work Permit – Canada

 

One of the most international student-friendly countries, Canada welcomes students with not just good education but also opportunities for finding employment. It offers the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) which is valid for three years after completion of a post-secondary program at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada. The program offers the flexibility to work full-time, part-time, and even be self-employed. In light of the current pandemic, Canada is offering permanent residency to 40,000 international graduates who have completed an approved Canadian post-graduate program in the last four years (after January 2017). Even if international students have been unable to participate in in-person classes due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, they are eligible for PGWP. Studying in Canada is considered a fast-track option to permanent residency.

Quick Facts:

  • The number of PGWPs increased by 74.2% from 2017 to 2019
  • During the same period, the percentage of study permits increased by 26.2%
  • Of all the PGWPs issued, Indians make up 54.4%

 

Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT): United States

 

The US is the most popular study destination for international students. Its F-1 student visa offers temporary employment through Optional Practical Training (OPT). This isn’t a separate work visa, but a benefit of the F-1 visa. Students can apply for OPT while studying and this is known as the pre-completion OPT. When they apply for OPT after graduation, it is known as post-completion OPT. The number of months that a student is enrolled in pre-completion OPT is deducted from the months that the student can spend on post-completion OPT. Post-completion OPT enables students to find employment in an area that is related to their major. They can further choose to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week or full time for up to 12 months. Students who are STEM graduates can opt for an OPT extension up to 24 months.

Quick Facts: 

  • The highest number of OPT Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) requests were approved in 2019 and they stood at 223, 284 
  • This number has nearly tripled from 2003 to 2019 and STEM OPT accounts for almost half of this

 

Fulfil your dreams of studying in Canada with Aplicar!

Aplicar connects students and recruitment partners to the best educational opportunities across Canada. It’s a one-stop solution to ease students’ journey towards studying in Canada

The Aplicar Advantage 

  • Save hours of research and apply to the most suitable programs and schools in Canada
  • Apply to the school of your dreams in just 5 minutes
  • Apply to multiple schools/colleges with a single profile
  • Excellent acceptance rate
  • Streamline and simplify search, application, admission, study visa, and post landing services through our flexible service model



Making The Right Choice – Programs to Explore in Canada

Making the Right Choice – Programs to Explore In Canada

 

 

Choosing a program for graduation after is a milestone as it’s the first step of getting to the career path students aim for. Such an important decision can be overwhelming and guidance can go a long way in reaching a decision. Overseas education can open up a host of opportunities, but because not everyone is well aware of the options available, making an informed choice can be difficult. Aplicar steps in and helps you explore courses you can choose in Canada after your 12th.

 

Why Canada?

 

Canada offers world-class education along with excellent multicultural experiences. Choosing a college to study at after graduation is one of the most important and formative decisions of one’s adult life. Given the high standard of education in Canada and global respect for the same, choosing a college here assures a bright future and wonderful job prospects. Most up and coming streams and career fields find appropriate educational and training institutions in Canada. Among other study abroad destinations, Canada is preferred by many for its safe environment and also the prospect of gaining employment upon completion of school. Canadian universities and institutions have made their mark globally. Whether you want to pursue a career in engineering, technology, humanities, medicine, life sciences, data sciences or any other, there are many top-class options to choose from.

Given the multicultural set up, the faculty at these universities is drawn from varied backgrounds. Not only are they highly educated, they also have ample experience in their respective fields. One of the very big draws for students is that they are permitted to work while they study. This makes education here pretty affordable.

 

Top Programs in Canada 

Canada has a plethora of full time degree, diploma, post-graduate diploma, certificate and vocational programs to offer. 

Management is a very popular field for those choosing Canada for education. Having studied commerce with math gives students an edge in choosing subjects such as Financial Planning, Science in Statistics, Construction Management and Economics, Computer Applications, Company Secretary, Accounting, Economics, Business Administration.

For students with a background in commerce, there are plenty of options. They could choose courses in Marketing, HR Management and Supply Chain Management if they are interested in marketing and management. For others, Law, or even Digital Media and Journalism programs for those interested in legal studies and communication respectively are a great choice. For those interested in the hospitality industry, there are good hotel management programs as well. 

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If you studied sciences with biology, there are plenty of options in the medical field.  Apart from becoming a practising doctor, for which you need to get a bachelor’s degree from a Canadian university before joining a medical school, you can also choose a specialisation such as BDS, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Cardiology, Zoology, Physiotherapy, Radiology, Anaesthesia, Biology, Bioinformatics or Forensic Sciences.  There is also the choice of going with Nutrition and Dietetics, Pharmaceutical, Food Science Technology and Veterinary Sciences. 

For those with a science background without biology, Canada offers plenty of options. From among a host of courses for engineering, you can opt for Electrical, Mechanical, Mining, Automobile, Civil, Chemical, Robotics, Textile, Structural, and Computer Science. There are also excellent options for Information and Technology, Architecture, Computer Science Engineering and BSC s in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Data Science. 

Other than degree programs, there are many diploma programs that are quite popular in Canada. For those interested in nursing, there is the option of choosing between General and Auxiliary Nursing and Midwifery. There are plenty of management diplomas as well to choose from, allowing students to select from among diplomas in Office Administration, Retail Management and Business Administration with specialization in HR, Marketing and Finance. 

With so many options and plenty of opportunities, it is no surprise that Canada is fast becoming the most popular education hub for students globally. Find the program of your dreams and apply with Aplicar!

 

Fulfil your dreams of studying in Canada with Aplicar!

Aplicar connects students and recruitment partners to the best educational opportunities across Canada. It’s a one-stop solution to ease students’ journey towards studying in Canada

The Aplicar Advantage 

  • Save hours of research and apply to the most suitable programs and schools in Canada
  • Apply to the school of your dreams in just 5 minutes
  • Apply to multiple schools/colleges with a single profile
  • Excellent acceptance rate
  • Streamline and simplify search, application, admission, study visa, and post landing services through our flexible service model

Plan Your Study Abroad Journey with these top Tips

Plan your Study Abroad Journey with these Top Tips

Pursuing studies abroad – A life-altering experience

Over the last few decades, studying abroad has grown in popularity. Globalization and the advent of the internet have made it simple to apply to universities in foreign countries and to spend a semester at an institution abroad.

Studying abroad is a wonderful experience and is highly enriching on many levels. An overseas study program can completely transform the outlook of a student. 

  • Early planning is key to studying abroad:

Studying abroad requires a great deal of planning because there are so many details you must arrange. It is advisable to start planning at least six months before your departure date so that you have ample time to get everything done before you leave.

  • The sooner your visas are sorted out, the better!

Research all the details of the visa requirement for your program and make sure you obtain it well in advance.  If you have any questions, you should speak with a study abroad advisor at your school.

  • Make sure you start saving early!

It can be very expensive to study abroad, so once you know where and when you are going, you should start saving. You will need to figure out how much money you’ll need per month to support your study abroad, then try to save that much in the months before you depart.

  • Dig out information on financial aid:

To learn about potential scholarships, contact your university’s financial aid office or your study abroad advisor.

There are several types of scholarships to study abroad you should also check out, including

    Scholarships that are location-specific

    Scholarships for Study Abroad in specific programs

    Scholarships provided by universities

    Study Abroad Scholarships for specific subjects

However, you will have a better chance of receiving funding if you apply to smaller scholarships, such as those offered by your university or to students travelling to specific regions/countries.

  • Take out a foreign travel-friendly debit or credit card:

Consider getting a credit card that does not charge international fees.

  • Digital preparation: 

Back up your digital documents or scan important documents like passport photos, insurance, important contact information/addresses, and letters of acceptance and send them to a web-based email address.

  • Do not book your return flight too early:

Keep your return flight flexible until you know what you want to do! You never know what opportunities will arise before the end of your program!

 

About APLICAR

Aplicar offers a free, global platform that brings students and recruitment partners together with our most trusted partner schools.

Besides providing continuous, unparalleled support to our students and partners, our team supervises the recruitment process so that globally renowned schools have the finest, most qualified candidates on their teams.

We believe that it is all about connecting, establishing networks, and providing continuous assistance and support.

The easiest way to study in Canada with APLICAR

Aplicar’s portal makes the process of studying in Canada easier for students by providing a single point of entry. With Aplicar, students and recruiters are connected to Canada’s best educational opportunities.

Aplicar’s flexible service models effectively mean students will have more options, and the time and effort required for historical applications will be reduced.

A chance for qualified students who wish to gain admission to international colleges

We offer interested and qualified students the opportunity to apply to outstanding schools and programs.

A quality-driven, three-point check process, as well as meticulous quality control, combined with the recruitment team in-house and Aplicar’s global recruitment partners, ensures that our schools can attract students from a diverse cross-section of backgrounds.

Fulfil your dreams of studying in Canada with Aplicar!

Aplicar connects students and recruitment partners to the best educational opportunities across Canada. It’s a one-stop solution to ease students’ journey towards studying in Canada

The Aplicar Advantage 

  • Save hours of research and apply to the most suitable programs and schools in Canada
  • Apply to the school of your dreams in just 5 minutes
  • Apply to multiple schools/colleges with a single profile
  • Excellent acceptance rate
  • Streamline and simplify search, application, admission, study visa, and post landing services through our flexible service model