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1 Retaining Global Talent Conference – University of Calgary March 2, 2012

2 Work opportunities for students Permanent residence streams Useful tools What we’re covering today: 2 March 2012

3 Immigration to the Prairies & Northern Territories Region C A L E N D A R Y E A R MANITOBASASKATCHEWANALBERTANORTHWEST TERRITORIES NUNAVUT 20004,6351,88214,3638313 201015,8097,61532,64213719 Since 2000, the yearly number of immigrants destined to Alberta has grown from 14,363 in 2000 to 32,642 in 2010 due largely to its economic and labour market situation. Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Facts and Figures 2010 2 March 2012

4 Foreign Students present December 1 with University as Level of Study 4 C A L E N D A R Y E A R CANADAALBERTACALGARY 200693,8456,5052,250 200797,2106,9552,485 200898,6907,0352,440 2009109,6407,9352,645 2010116,8658,5502,825 Foreign Students in Alberta 2006-2010 Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, RDM, Facts and Figures 2010 2 March 2012

5 Work On Campus Work Off Campus Co-op and Internship Programs Work available to a Spouse or Common-Law Partner Work While Studying in Canada 2 March 2012

6 Work on Campus You may work on campus at the institution where you study without a work permit if: – you are a full-time student at: a public post-secondary institution a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution, and receives at least 50 percent of its financing for its overall operations from government grants a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees – you have a valid study permit 2 March 2012

7 Work part time off campus during academic sessions – Can work full time during scheduled academic breaks Open permit Do not require a Labour Market Opinion To qualify: – Must be a full-time student enrolled at a recognized post-secondary educational institution Must have and remain in good academic standing – Must apply for and obtain a work permit Off-Campus Work Permit Program 2 March 2012

8 Need a work permit and study permit To qualify for a work permit – You must have a valid study permit – Your intended employment must be an essential part of your program of study in Canada – Your employment must be part of your academic program, certified by a letter from a responsible academic official of the institution – Your employment cannot form more than 50 percent of the total program of study – Your employer must be the post-secondary institution you attend Co-op and Internship Programs 2 March 2012

9 Open work permit To qualify: – you are a full-time student – you have a valid study permit Length of Time – Valid for the same period of time as your study permit Work Available to Spouse or Common-Law Partner 2 March 2012

10 Gain valuable Canadian work experience Open permit Same length of time as your study program – 8 months – 3 years To qualify: – Graduation from a recognized post-secondary educational institution – Apply within 90 days of receiving written confirmation of completing academic program Work After Graduation – Post Graduate Work Permit 2 March 2012

11 Implemented April 1, 2011 Limits the amount of time a foreign worker can work in Canada to 4 years Cumulative Duration Work While Studying in CanadaCounts toward Cumulative Duration? Work on CampusNo Off-Campus Work PermitNo Co-op or Internship ProgramMay Post Graduate Work PermitYes 2 March 2012

12 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Staying In Canada Permanently 2 March 2012

13 The CEC was launched in 2008 to offer a pathway to permanent residency for – international students – skilled and highly skilled temporary foreign workers In November 2011, Canada welcomed its 10,000 permanent resident through the CEC Program CEC Brings Best and Brightest to Canada 2 March 2012

14 CEC Objectives Attract more temporary foreign workers and international students to Canada and retain them as permanent residents Improve immigrant outcomes by selecting those best positioned for successful labour market integration Encourage more dispersed settlement patterns, thereby better meeting regional labour market needs 2 March 2012

15 Pass/Fail Selection Criteria 1 year of work in Canada (NOC 0, A, B) 2 years of work in Canada (NOC 0, A, B) Foreign GraduatesTemporary Foreign Workers Canadian PSE Credential Language proficiency in English or French CLB 7 - NOC 0,A CLB 5 - NOC B 2 March 2012

16 Visit Human Resources and Skills Development Canada website ( for information on the NOC Classification Search the system to match your work experience to the correct NOC category National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2 March 2012

17 NOC Skill Type 0: Management Occupations – Managers in Health Care – School Principals NOC Skill Level A: Professional Occupations – Auditors or accountants – Physicians, dentists, and veterinarians NOC Skill Level B: Technical Occupations and Skilled Trades – Medical technologists & technicians (except dental) – Carpenters and Cabinetmakers NOC 0, A, B Examples 2 March 2012

18 Canada plans to accept between 55,000 and 57,000 federal skilled workers (FSW) in 2012 2010 report on the FSWP – 89 percent of FSWs were employed or self- employed three years after landing – 95 percent of the employers surveyed indicated that FSWs were meeting or exceeding their expectations More Federal Skilled Workers in 2012 2 March 2012

19 Canada will accept up to 1,000 PhD students per year through the FSWP PhD students are now eligible to submit applications for processing as a Federal Skilled Worker FSWP – PhD Students 2 March 2012

20 Current PhD Students: – completed at least two years of study towards a PhD – good academic standing – not be recipients of an award requiring them to return to their home country to apply their knowledge and skills Recent PhD Graduates: – graduated no more than 12 months before the date their application is received – did not receive an award which required them to return to their home country to apply their knowledge and skills (or did, but have satisfied the terms of the award). FSWP Qualifications – PhD Students 2 March 2012

21 Alberta can nominate immigrants to meet their specific economic and labour market needs In 2010, Alberta admitted 7,500 PNPs, up from 400 in 2004 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) 2 March 2012

22 To qualify: – Apply through the Province of Alberta’s nomination process ng/ainp.aspx ng/ainp.aspx – If your application is accepted, you must apply separately to CIC for permanent residence. PNP Qualifications 2 March 2012

23 Interactive web tool launched August 2011 with over 750,000 visits so far Helps determine if you are eligible to come to Canada and what stream to apply for Come to Canada Tool 2 March 2012

24 2 types of Immigration Representatives – Paid lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society Notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec Immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council – Unpaid Third parties, such as family members, friends, non- governmental or religious organizations You are not required to hire an Immigration Representative – Will not receive special attention or guaranteed approval Immigration Representatives 2 March 2012

25 How to Reach Us CIC Call Centre: 1-888-242-2100 (in Canada only) To speak to an agent: 8 AM - 4 PM weekdays To listen to pre-recorded information about CIC programs, order application kits, or check the status of your application: 24/7 CIC Website: 2 March 2012

26 Thank You. Questions?

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