It means that you first come to Canada as a foreign student, and spend time in school getting trained, and working as part of your program, at a Canadian Educational Institution. After or during the time you are attending school in Canada, you apply for entry into Canada under the Canadian Experience Class option. Of course, it is wise to begin this process while you are a student, so you have time to get accepted.
If you were considering getting trained in your native country, right now, in order to get into Canada, you might like to reconsider this option. Foreign-Trained Professionals have not fared well, in the Canadian workplace. In many professions, it is very difficult to have foreign education recognized in Canada. You may have to repeat the same things you studied in a Canadian program. Avoid this waste of time and money, and get Canadian qualifications after you arrive.
The best way to get around the dilemma that foreign-trained professionals have been encountering, is to come to Canada as a student and get trained here.
You apply to a Government run trade school or professional school - it's best to look for government programs with a work experience built in.- Choosing a School, College or University
Private schools have been known to close unexpectedly, leaving students without any qualifications, and unable to get their money back. This is a fact of life. Private schools are run as businesses. And when the business is facing bankruptcy, students can't rely on the business to protect their best interests.
Aim to get into at least a one year or longer co-op or internship program - don't be seduced by 6 month programs that can't get you certified and have very limited work practice options. You need to be certified to practice in your field or it will be difficult to impossible to get hired. You need a substantial work experience component as part of your program, or you are wasting your time.
It is important that you do your research on the schools and programs that are available. For information on approved programs being offered at Canadian schools and universities- Choosing a School, College or University
All government programs should provide an opportunity for a work practicum or internship during the program, so you get Canadian experience. Try to get at least one-third of the program as work-experience.
During your program you will become familiar with Canadian society and how it works.
Please note. Apply for a work permit before you arrive. As a student with a work permit, you may also apply to work in jobs outside of your program, on campus - this will give you extra work experience.Work Permits for Students
Be sure you get all your work permits before you arrive. It takes time to get these. You don't want any problems getting work permits after you arrive. Never let your permits expire, or you will have to leave Canada.Note: You must apply for a work permit to participate in the work component of these programs, and so that your spouse can work while you are in school. For more on getting your work permits see: Permits for Work Co-op and Internship Programs
Using this option allows you, when you are ready, to apply to immigrate to Canada under The Canadian Experience Class.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Studying in Canada
Who can Apply, How to Apply, After Applying
- Using the Canadian Class Experience Route
Studying in Canada
The The Working in Canada Tool can help you to decide where to live and work, and what kinds of jobs are out there. It's important to find the right job for you. It's a mistake to train in something just to get into a program. Think long-term. You want a program that will set you up for a lasting long-term job.
With this tool you can generate your own report on job descriptions, wages, skill requirements, language training and job opportunities based on the occupations you choose. Generate as many reports as you want. Look at many different types of work that interest you.
By using this tool you can research different occupations and different locations to work in Canada. It will help you make decisions that are right for you and your family.
There is another route to enter Canada, which French speakers and others may want to look into.
It is through the French-speaking province of Quebec which has its own rules and regulations.
You don't need to pay anyone to get you into Canada. Things don't work that way in Canada. It's all done by the legal route. Always be honest and straight with the government of Canada. Go by the regulations. Watch this video of what happened to this family.Becoming Canadian: Combatting Immigration Fraud