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Canadian Immigration News—October 19, 2023

Canadian Immigration

Welcome to Mesidor Immigration News and Updates! In this edition, we bring you the latest developments in Canadian immigration. Stay informed and discover how these changes may affect your immigration journey.

Start-Up Visa Program Attracts More Business Immigrants

The Start-Up Visa (SUV) program continues to gain popularity among entrepreneurs seeking to establish their businesses in Canada. In August, 175 new permanent residents arrived through the SUV, marking a significant 29.6% increase from the previous month. To meet the growing demand, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced plans to admit more Start-Up Visa applicants. The annual intake will increase from 1,000 in past years to 3,500, 5,000, and 6,000 in 2023, 2024, and 2025 respectively.

Canadian International Medical Graduates Face Residency Challenges

Canadian international medical graduates (IMGs) often encounter difficulties securing residency positions in Canada. While Canadian medical schools accept foreign "visa trainees" from countries like Oman, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, many IMGs are left without residency opportunities. This year, 1,810 Canadian IMGs who studied abroad applied for residencies, but only 370 were successful. This disparity highlights the need to address the limited resources and residency positions available for IMGs.

Three Canadian Universities Excel in 2024 QS World University Rankings

For international students seeking quality education, the 2024 QS World University Rankings serve as a valuable resource. The University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia have all achieved high rankings. The University of Toronto climbed to 21st place, while McGill University and the University of British Columbia secured positions in the top 30 and top 34 respectively. These rankings reflect the academic reputation, employer reputation, and international diversity of these esteemed institutions.

Quebec's Tuition Fee Increase for Out-of-Province Students

Quebec aims to rebalance its university network and language policies by doubling tuition fees for out-of-province Canadian students attending Anglophone universities. This measure is intended to gather funding for francophone universities and address the decline of the French language in the province. Additionally, the government plans to charge these universities for each international student recruited, with the funds allocated exclusively to francophone institutions. These changes aim to attract more francophone students to study at francophone universities.

Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services is here to assist you with your immigration journey. Whether you are an entrepreneur interested in the Start-Up Visa program, a medical graduate navigating residency challenges, an international student seeking the best university, or an out-of-province student considering your options in Quebec, we have the expertise to guide you. Contact us today to explore your immigration possibilities.

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