Saskatchewan revises the in-demand occupation list

The Government of Saskatchewan keeps revising the in-demand occupation list periodically considering the labour market needs. The updated occupation list is far more encouraging than the previous list as nine occupations do not require licensure or professional status.

The updated 24 occupations are listed below:

NOC Occupation Title Licensure Required
0423 Managers in Social and Community Services Yes
1226 Conference and Event Planners No
1311 Accounting Technicians No
2154 Land Surveyors Yes
2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers Yes
2251 Architectural Technologists and Technicians No
2255 Technical Occupations in Geomatics and Meteorology No
3211 Medical Laboratory Technologists Yes
3215 Medical Radiation Technologists Yes
3216 Medical Sonographers Yes
3234 Paramedics Yes
4151 Psychologists Yes
4212 Social and Community Service Workers Yes
4214 Early Childhood Educators Yes
4215 Instructors of Persons with Disabilities No
5254 Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness No
6331 Meat Cutters Yes
6332 Bakers No
6342 Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners No
7292 Glaziers Yes
7312 Heavy-duty Equipment Mechanics/Technicians Yes
7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers Yes
7322 Motor Vehicle Body Repairers Yes
7332 Appliance Servicers and Repairers No

Admission Woe for Canadian Colleges Continues

Over the last two years, international students, especially from India, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, have been facing difficulty in securing admissions at the community colleges in Canada. This discomfort can be attributed to rapidly growing numbers of international student from these countries against the limited capacity of the schools. Seats fill up quickly; in some cases, when community colleges decide to open the admission gate for specific courses, they fill up in moments. That was not the case some years ago.

Seeing this, one could start scratching his head and ask himself, “Where does this overnight demand come from?”

There could be multiple answers to such questions. Here is my perspective to this continuing dearth of seats for students:

Under the Student Partner Program (SPP) which was introduced by the Canadian Immigration Department almost a decade back, the numbers of Indian and Chinese students were going up every year. The scarcity of the place at the community colleges was firstly experienced in the year 2013. Some schools filled up in the blink of the eyes. However, not all the colleges were beneficiary of this boom but that was the cursor to the deteriorating situation. In the following year, international students started experiencing the same. This did not end there. The government of Canada decided to add other countries, such as Philippines and Vietnam not far long ago and replaced the SPP program with the Student Direct Stream (SDS). I believe this was the tipping point, and it looks like the situation is not going to get better in the years to come.

Ergo, we advise students to be early and fast in having their applications processed. There is a never-ending queue and if they are late in applying for the school, probably they will miss the bus.

CELPIP Success – Your Writing Struggle Ends

CELPIP Success is the one and only book for the CELPIP test written by an Indian author – Vinod Gambtoo. The CELPIP test is a designated English Proficiency Test accepted by IRCC for Canada PR status. Intended immigrants who are tired of taking IELTS over and over again could think of switching to this test for their English language eligibility criterion.

With CELPIP Success, test takers will be able to:

  • write both tasks with confidence
  • play with language
  • create captivating content
  • craft ideas
  • connect with the test requirements emphatically
  • leverage the hidden writing skills inherent in great communication

Have a happy reading!

IELTS Writing Part: The flow chart of an Essay



General statement

Thesis statement




Advantages (merits)/causes/agreement

Relevant example




Disadvantages (demerits) /effects/disagreement

Relevant example




Personal opinion (check the type of essay)




Conclusion (Reiteration of the topic statement or final assessment)


Saskatchewan prunes the occupation list for OID & Express Entry Stream

Effective from 22nd August 2018, the government of Saskatchewan has removed ten occupations from the demand list. The following occupations are no longer eligible for both SINP categories – Occupations In Demand and Express Entry Streams:


Occupation NOC
Engineering Managers 0211
Civil Engineers 2131
Computer Engineers 2147
Software Engineers 2173
Web Designers and Developers 2175
Economists and Economic Policy Researchers and Analysts 4162
Electronic Service Technicians 2242
Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists 2225
Manufacturing Managers 0911
Utilities Managers 0912


New Zealand cuts back work permit rights for international students

Over the months there have been a lot much speculation doing rounds over student work permit rights for international students studying in New Zealand. Today, the Immigration NZ has finally put an end to the extended work rights i.e. 3 years for international students, and has cut back to one to two years now.

Beyond doubt, the Immigration NZ has tried to make the trade-off between advantages of studying in Auckland and out of it. International students studying diploma or advanced diploma degree will only be able to work for a maximum time period of two years after their course completion, and only one year if they have chosen a university located in Auckland. This clearly suggests that the government wants international students to populate other regions than Auckland.

In the past or right now we can say that international students are offered post study work permits up to three years regardless of the region they have chosen for their studies. These new regulations will be effective from November this year. The existing students will see no impeding effects on their work rights as these regulations are of no retrospective nature.

Your Canadian College could make you ineligible for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

Oftentimes several international students find themselves stranded after graduating from certain colleges in Canada each year. Not all study programs are designated by the provincial or territorial government for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

There is a popular misconception among international students that colleges or universities which have designated learning institution (DLI) codes come under all sorts of legal agreements with the government which makes international students eligible for PGWP.  It is not the fact though. Some programs that you choose to study may not be eligible for  PGWP.

DLI looks like O 110111011101, and it is mentioned on an acceptance letter. The student also mentions this code on his Study Permit application to IRCC.

Before you choose any school, you need to pay attention and check whether or not your course is listed as eligible program for PGWP. Or else your college will make you ineligible for PGWP.

How do we check the PGWP offering status of a college/university? Here are the steps:

  1. Log on the IRCC (government) website:
  2. Plug in the key words ‘designated learning institution list’ on search toolbar on the top right side
  3. You will see the search results and the first link is your click
  4. At the bottom, you will see the caption, ‘View list by province or territory’ and a search box underneath
  5. Insert your province e.g. Ontario
  6. You will have the list of all colleges and universities located in the province of Ontario
  7. The last heading of the table reads ‘Offers PGWP – eligible program’
  8. If it reads ‘YES’, you are good to go ahead and if it reads ‘NO’, take your own decision

A wise student always researches all his study and other options rather than relying only on his representative. Make use of all the information available on the government website and take the informed decision before it gets too late.

Study in beautiful Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver is a home to world-renowned University of British Columbia and well-acclaimed prestigious school such as Simon Fraser University. This marvellous city prides itself of having top-notch professional colleges, such as Columbia College and Langara. We have rounded up top 9 schools that are located in the city of Vancouver.

  1. University of British Columbia (UBC): UBC is one of the top universities in Canada and known for its excellence in teaching and researching facilities across the globe. It offers scholarship awards to both domestic and international students for a wide range of courses. It is located near the southwestern coast of Vancouver, about 20 minutes from Downtown Vancouver by car.
  2. Simon Fraser University (SFU): SFU is home to more than 25,000 students and operates from three campuses: Burnaby, Surrey and Downtown Vancouver. It has been ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities consistently from the last 20 years.
  3. Capilano University: Capilano University is one of the smallest universities with an established pedigree in offering popular undergraduate programs to students. The student-faculty ratio is tremendously favourable to students. It is located in North Vancouver, about 20 minutes north of Downtown Vancouver.
  4. Columbia College: Columbia College was Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. It is located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver.
  5. Langara College: Langara College started in 1965 as part of Vancouver Community College and in 1970, it opened its West 49th Avenue campus. It is located approximately 20 minutes south of Downtown Vancouver by SkyTrain.
  6. Vancouver Community College (VCC): Located in the heart of the city, VCC offers academic, cultural, and social environments that inspire relevant real-world training. VCC has two campuses: Downtown Vancouver and E Broadway (just south of Downtown core)
  7. British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT): BCIT is one of British Columbia’s largest post-secondary institutions with more than 48,000 students enrolled annually (16,600 full-time, 31,600 part-time). It has five campuses: Burnaby, Downtown, Marine, Aerospace, and Annacis Island.
  8. Stenberg College: Over 25 years of delivering exceptional education, Stenberg College is incredibly popular among students for courses, such as Health Care Administration, Nursing and Health Care Technology. It is located just next to Simon Fraser University’s Surrey Campus.
  9. Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU): Established by the government of British Columbia in 1981, Kwantlen, now Kwantlen Polytechnic University, has four campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia. KPU offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations in more than 120 programs. Almost 20,000 students annually attend courses at KPU campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley and Cloverdale.

Artificial Intelligence arrives earlier than anticipation

Two decades back when the idea of self-driving car was taking place, perhaps most people doubted saying it was just a Science fiction. Hollywood movies off and on showed and glorified this incredible idea in movies, such as the Bond series and MIB, but we refused to accept it – or some might have accepted it for the later stage. Did they realize that this technology would become a reality – earlier than anticipation?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has arrived and gradually making some space in our day-to-day life. In fact, AI-dominated landscape is approaching fast, even accelerating. I would say it is already here: we use Google’s assistant, Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. Amazon’s low-latency Alexa plays music of my choice and helps me go back to my world.

AI seems to be a big industry which could propel the growth engine for many countries. As usual, the US and European countries are the first in the race to embrace this life-changing technology we could certainly expect the updated academic curriculum from them for students – potential innovators of the world. A career in AI would be challenging and fun for students, but it would keep them on their toes.

Considering the ever-growing significance of AI and robotics, we have rounded up a few American Schools for this course:

Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) Stanford University (Stand
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Cambridge, MA) University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) Yale University (New Haven, CT)
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
Columbia University (New York City, NY) University of Texas (Austin, TX)
University of California, Los Angeles

(Los Angeles, CA)

University of Michigan (Ann Harbor, MI)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA) University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA)
University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign, IL) University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)
University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI) University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
University of Washington (Seattle, WA) Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)
University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (Rapid City, SD)
Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI)