St. Lawrence College has announced the change in the English Language Proficiency Test requirements for the Indian students. From May 2019 intake, the Indian students wishing to study must meet the following:
For Undergraduate programs: IELTS 6.0 overall with no band less than 6.0
For Graduate programs: IELTS 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0
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
connect with the test requirements emphatically
leverage the hidden writing skills inherent in great communication
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:
Web Designers and Developers
Economists and Economic Policy Researchers and Analysts
Electronic Service Technicians
Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists
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.
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:
Log on the IRCC (government) website: www.canada.gc.ca
Plug in the key words ‘designated learning institution list’ on search toolbar on the top right side
You will see the search results and the first link is your click
At the bottom, you will see the caption, ‘View list by province or territory’ and a search box underneath
Insert your province e.g. Ontario
You will have the list of all colleges and universities located in the province of Ontario
The last heading of the table reads ‘Offers PGWP – eligible program’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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)
The Government of Saskatchewan keeps reviewing the occupation list periodically. It assesses the forecast of certain occupations based on labour market conditions and the future requirements.
SINP has a phenomenal run over the last three years and accepted the huge number of applications. Intended immigrants who struggle to cross over 400 CRS await the SINP opening eagerly. When the updated list of In-Demand Occupations is brought, it brings luck for some and frustration for others. Compared with other provinces, SINP has had a high volume of applications because the economy has shown a few upticks and the government’s robust funding in various sectors.
Here is the list of occupations:
Occupations that require no licensing:
Managers in agriculture
Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers
Occupations that require licensing:
Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
Web designers and developers
Medical radiation technologists
Social and community service workers
Early childhood educators and assistants
Medical laboratory technicians
Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
Contractors and supervisors, and carpentry trades
Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics
Motor vehicle body repairers
Recreating vehicle service
Managers in horticulture
Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists