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)  


60-point Assessment Grid of Saskatchewan


Education Points
Master’s or Doctorate Degree, Canadian equivalency 23
Bachelor’s Degree OR a three or more-year degree program at a university or college 20
Trade Certification equivalent to journey person status in Saskatchewan 20
Canadian equivalency Diploma that requires two but less than three years at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other formal post-secondary institution 15
Canadian equivalency Certificate or at least two semesters but less than a two-year program at a university, college, trade or technical school, or other formal post-secondary institution 12


Skilled Work Experience Points
a)      In the 5-year period prior to application submission date
5 years 10
4 years 08
3 years 06
2 years 04
1 year 02
b)      In the 6-10-year period prior to application submission date
5 years 05
4 years 04
3 years 03
2 years 02
Less than 1 year 00

Language Ability Points
CLB 8 and higher 20
CLB 7 18
CLB 6 16
CLB 5 14
CLB 4 12


Age Points
<18 years 0
18-21 years 8
22-34 years 12
35-45 years 10
45-50 years 8
> 50 years 0


Employment offer category Points
High skilled employment offer from a Saskatchewan employer 30


Close family relatives in Saskatchewan 20


Past work experience in Saskatchewan 5


Past student experience in Saskatchewan 5


Saskatchewan introduces the updated In-Demand Occupation List

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:

0821 Managers in agriculture
0911 Manufacturing managers
0912 Utilities managers
2123 Agricultural representatives, consultants and specialists
2242 Electronic service technicians (household and business equipment)
4162 Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts
8252 Agricultural service contractors, farm supervisors and specialized livestock workers


Occupations that require licensing:

0211 Engineering managers
2131 Civil engineers
2147 Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
2154 Land surveyors
2173 Software engineers
2173 Software designers
2175 Web designers and developers
3111 Psychiatrists
3215 Medical radiation technologists
3234 Paramedics
4151 Psychologists
4212 Social and community service workers
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
3211 Medical laboratory technicians
3216 Medical sonographers
6331 Meat cutters
7201 Contractors and supervisors, machining, metal forming, shaping and erecting trades and related occupations
7204 Contractors and supervisors, and carpentry trades
7311 Industrial mechanics
7312 Heavy-duty equipment mechanics
7321 Automotive service technicians, truck and bus mechanics
7322 Motor vehicle body repairers
7237 Welders
7384 Recreating vehicle service
0822 Managers in horticulture
2225 Landscape and horticulture technicians and specialists

Did you know…?

    1. Canada has a public health care system known as “medicare”. It provides medical insurance for health care services to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents. You must have a valid health card and number to get eligible health care costs covered.
    2. Canada’s national health insurance program (Medicare) covers the cost of necessary hospital and doctor services. It involves the health care plans of all provinces and territories and aims to be equitable for all. Not all medical services or procedures are covered by public health care.
    3. The ancestors of Aboriginal peoples are believed to have migrated from Asia many thousands of years ago. In the 1970s, the term First Nation began to be used. Today, about half of First Nations people live on reserve land in about 600 communities while the other half live off-reserve, mainly in urban centres.
    4. When they came to Canada, many early French fur traders married First Nations women. Their descendants are called the Metis people. Most Metis live in Canada’s prairie provinces and speak their own dialect – Michif.
    5. The first four provinces to join Confederation as “Canada” in 1867 were Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. Canada’s first Prime Minister was Sir John A. MacDonald. Manitoba joined in 1870, BC in 1871, PEI in 1873, NWT in 1880, Yukon in 1898, Saskatchewan and Alberta in 1905, Newfoundland and Labrador in 1949 and Nunavut in 1999.
    6. Canada’s Pacific coast province is British Columbia. The Prairie provinces are Alberta, Sasketchewan, and Manitoba. Central Canada refers to Ontario and Quebec. The North means the three territories: the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. “Maritimes” refers to the three provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. “Atlantic provinces” refers to those three plus Newfoundland and Labrador.
    7. More than 80% of Canada’s population live in towns and cities that are within 250 kilometres of the U.S. border. The U.S. borders Canada to the south. The United States is Canada’s largest trading partner.
    8. According to the 2006 Census, 6,186,950 foreign-born people lived in Canada. Not all foreign-born people who live in Canada have English or French as their mother tongue. In the 2006 census, people reported their mother tongue as:
      1. Chinese 18.6%
      2. Italian 6.6%
      3. Punjabi 5.9%
      4. Spanish 5.8%
      5. German 5.4%
      6. Tagalog 4.8%
      7. Arabic 4.7%
    9. The Inuit, which means “the people” in the Inuktitut language, live in small, scattered communities across the Arctic. Their knowledge of the land, sea and wildlife enabled them to adapt to one of the harshest environments on earth. About 65% of the Aboriginal people are First Nations, while 30% are Metis and 4% Inuit.
    10. The name “Canada” comes from the Huron-Iroquois word “Kanata” meaning village or settlement, and the name was used by the early explorer Jacques Cartier. The word Canada started appearing on maps in the 1550s.

Reference: DayPlanner

Struggling with finances to study in Canada? Here’s the information about scholarship awards in Canada!

Scholarships and other awards are very competitive for international students. In fact, you will need to earn your worth by displaying exceptional extracurricular activities participation, academic excellence, the quality essay writing and ongoing studying performance in some case, among others. There are scholarships offered by specific universities/colleges and the government of Canada and other organizations. We have rounded up a selection of scholarships for those international students who are in need of financial support.

Scholarships offered by the Canadian Government 

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master’s Program
  • IDRC Research Awards
  • NSERC Postgraduate scholarships
  • Organization of American States (OAS) Academic Scholarship Program
  • Vanier Canada Graduates Scholarships Program

Scholarships offered by the non-governmental organizations

  • Anne Vallee Ecological Fund
  • Trudeau Scholarships and Fellowships
  • Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation Scholarships

Scholarships offered by the specific school

Why should you study in Canada?

  1. Global acceptance: Canadian universities are known as the least commercialized universities in the world. They offer degrees valued at par with the US schools and other Commonwealth nations. The government’s high academic standards and rigorous quality controls ensure the quality of education for both domestic and international students. This means that students graduated from Canadian institutions benefit from global acceptance at workplace. In short, it opens doors for your future.
  1. Affordable education: Thanks to the meticulous planning of economic management of the government which has checked the overall inflation rate over the decades. This economic achievement has made Canada a very less expensive country all the ways. The living standards and quality of education in Canada are among the highest in the world, but cost of living and tuition fees for international students are generally lower compared with other countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
  1. Diverse and multicultural society: Acceptance of immigrants is in the DNA of Canadians. The Canadian society understands and respects both professional and personal diversity. Such a welcoming culture has made them one of the most preferred destinations for studying and immigrating. Canada is proudly represented by the world’s ethnic groups. You will not face any difficulty in finding ethnic foods and recreation activities associated with your specific cultures. The Indian Diaspora will not allow you to be nostalgic. Places such as Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Halifax, and Calgary among others have ethnic supports and newcomers’ associations which could help you integrate into the Canadian society effortlessly.
  1. Safe and peaceful communities: Do you know United Nations consistently ranks Canada as one of the best places for living in the world? Welcoming culture, magnanimous Canadians along with the government’s stricter regulations about possessing guns make this country superior to others. International students feel at home and their rights of freedoms and expressions are fully protected. You will experience respect for human rights, equality, and a stable and peaceful society.

  1. Electrifying campus lifestyles: Canada’s post-secondary campuses are in sync with the latest technology and modern amenities. From public concert halls and art galleries to Olympic-quality sports facilities, they offer the best learning and leisure opportunities for students. Students have incredible opportunities to network with the like-minded individuals coming from the world and acquire invaluable experience through radio, newspapers, student-run governments and businesses.
  1. Primary focus on innovation and research opportunities: Canadian post-secondary education gives a significant importance on research and it is an integral part of studies. Students have ample opportunities to participate in this vibrant aspect of education. Both government and industry together encourage and support research including: medicine, computer technology, environmental science, agriculture and telecommunications. Roughly over 1 billion people every day around the world rely on Canadian innovations and discoveries – including insulin, light bulb, alkaline battery, radio voice transmission, walkie-talkie, electric oven, Java programming language, electron microns, and electric wheelchair among others.
  1. One country, many possibilities: Canadian education is a hallmark of quality which entails collaboration with other students and a great deal of interactions on various subjects with professors. Professors are right there to motivate you to think out of the box all the time. At the same time, they are overly co-operative to help and listen to you during any sorts of academic difficulties. Canada’s highly dynamic and hands-on academic environment will facilitate you to develop critical thinking, knowledge and skills in analysis and communication. Additionally, you will learn how to express yourself, demonstrate your creativity and develop self-confidence!
  1. Excellence in language education: Canada is a bilingual country and is considered as a world leader in language training. Students improve their fluency and capacity for either language as they further their studies.