New Immigration Route For International Graduates In Canada

By Editorial 13 June, 2014

International graduates from a Canadian college or university who have a job offer in Nova Scotia can now apply for permanent residency through the country's Skilled Worker visa stream.

The Skilled Worker stream helps employers to recruit foreign workers for positions they have not been able to fill with permanent residents or Canadian citizens. The new immigration route was introduced on June 6, and follows negotiations between the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

However, although the province can nominate potential immigrants through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, the final decision in each case remains with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Nova Scotia's Immigration Minister, Lena Metlege Diab, described international graduates as ideal candidates for immigration: "International graduates are educated, they've made friends, they know the language, and they're already familiar with all the great things Nova Scotia has to offer," she said. She also expressed thanks to "the many employers, business organizations, connector programs, communities and people across Nova Scotia who work to recruit and retain international graduates who will help enhance our economy and our culture."

The move was praised by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and by George Cooper, who is President of the University of King's College and a member of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents. He said: "We look forward to working with government and others across Nova Scotia to explore and act upon the enormous potential of universities to attract and retain top talent to our province."

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