There is good news for thousands of Indian students studying in Canada who wish to obtain permanent residency. Canada has now revised its immigration policies. Under the newly introduced revisions in the Express Entry Program, extra points will be given to students studying in Canada in obtaining permanent residency.

A file photo of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with people of Indian origin | Source: Reuters

The revisions were announced by Canada's department of citizenship and immigration on November 19.

Here are the key points:

  • An eligible post-secondary education of three years or more will get 30 points.
  • A one or two year recognised diploma holder will get fetch 15 points.
  • Applicants will get 90 days to apply for permanent residence, instead of the earlier 60 days.


A representational image | Source: Reuters

According to a report by the Canadian Magazine of Immigration, Indian students form the second largest group (the first being Chinese students) of international students in Canada. As per the statistics recorded in the year 2015, a total 48,914 Indian students (13.7 %) are studying in Canada.

The number of Indian students rose by 630% from just 6,675 in 2004 to 48,914 in 2015. Engineering, including IT, business management, pharmacy related courses and hospitality management are some of the most sought after courses which Indian students pursue.

(Feature image source: Reuters)