Immigration friendly countries are the most sought after among Indian students wishing to study abroad. Factors like a strong economy, easy immigration visa policies & work permit, quality education and post-study work opportunities make a country immigration friendly. Countries like Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Germany are considered the most immigration friendly countries in the world because of their booming jobs market and diverse cultural amalgamation.
In this article, we have listed the most immigration friendly countries for Indian students. You will also find details of the factors that make a country immigration friendly and suitable for an international student to pursue their education.
Highlighted below is a list of immigration friendly countries for international students to help them decide upon the most suited country as per their needs and requirements.
|S.No.||Name of Country||Path to Permanent Residency|
|1.||Canada||Post-Graduate Work Permit Program |
Express Entry – Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class
|2.||Australia||SkillSelect Migration Program – Skilled Independent Visa|
|3.||New Zealand||Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa|
|4.||Singapore||Professional, Technical Personnel & Skilled Workers Scheme (PTS Scheme)|
|5.||Germany||Settlement Permit (Niederlassungserlaubnis)|
Considered one of the most immigration friendly countries in the world, Canada offers quality education, flexible immigration rules, easy visa conditions and part-time work permit while studying and post-study work permit to international students. Ranked as #1 country in the world for high quality of life, Canada favours multicultural societies and prohibits any kind of discrimination based on gender, race, disability, etc., making it safe for international students to fulfil their educational dreams here. Even the job market in Canada is booming, creating work opportunities for skilled immigrants. The flexible immigration rules make it easier for meritorious international students to settle in Canada if they wish to do so or extend their stay in order to gain global corporate exposure. Having a points-based system known as Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to assess and score a candidate’s profile for permanent residency, Canada allots numbers based on the student’s educational qualifications, work experience and age. The maximum score is 1200 which includes 600 as core points and 600 as additional points. Take a look at the factors given below that make for core and additional points.
Now that you know why Canada is considered one of the most immigrant friendly countries, let’s read about how to pave the path to permanent residency of Canada while studying there.
Also, read ‘Study in Canada: All you need to know’ to know about the educational opportunities in Canada.
One of the favorite destinations to study abroad among Indian students, Australia is home to a number of world-renowned educational institutions that offer an array of courses to students to pursue. Besides providing world-class curriculum courses, Australia also provides good job prospects along with a high standard of living and easy immigration regulations. All these factors make it one of the best immigration friendly countries in the world, enticing international students into settling there. Australia uses a points test to offer an invitation to apply for permanent residency to desiring candidates who fulfil all the required requirements. The international students having graduated from Australia can apply for permanent residency through the SkillSelect Migration Program, which is an online system to help lodge an online Expression of Interest (EOI) for migrants.
Highlighted below are the steps that an international student having graduated from Australia can take to apply for permanent residency.
Now that you know how to go about applying for permanent residency, let’s read about the things that the applicants must keep in mind before the visa application process begins.
|S.No.||Name of English Language Test||Required Score|
|1.||IELTS||A minimum score of 6 for each component|
|2.||TOEFL iBT||At least 12 in listening section, 13 in reading section, 21 in writing and 18 in speaking sections|
|3.||PTE Academic||A minimum 50 in each of the components|
|4.||Occupational English Test (OET)||At least ‘B’ grade in each component|
|5.||Cambridge C1 Advanced Test||A minimum 169 marks in each component|
Read ‘Study in Australia: All you need to know’ to gather details about education in Australia for an international student.
Blessed with natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, New Zealand is emerging as one of the favourite study destinations for international students. The country offers a world-class education system, great infrastructure, low unemployment rate, low crime rate and a strong economy. These factors attract several international students to not only study in New Zealand but also see it as a potential residence for the future. Indian students who study in New Zealand generally go for post-study work visa to pursue a professional career in New Zealand. This may help candidates to become eligible for permanent residency there. The PR is granted on the basis of a points system in which the intending applicants are awarded points on the basis of their educational qualifications, employability, work experience, age (must be less than 55 years) and family ties. Also, most of the Indian students go for Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa when applying for a PR.
Let’s read the steps given below to know how an international student having graduated from New Zealand can apply for permanent residency through Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa.
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Having a strong education system, Singapore is one of the best countries in Asia to offer world-class education. Several of the Indian students wanting to study abroad flock to Singapore due to its cost of studying which is comparatively less than that of USA and UK. This Asian country has one of the most stable economies in the world and is considered an important financial hub of the world. These factors attract students to explore avenues post-study and look for permanent residency in Singapore. The most viable option for students who wish to apply for Singapore PR is getting post-study work permit. The international students can apply for a non-renewable Long Term Visit Pass of one year and obtain a relevant job in the country. The students must keep in mind that on not getting a relevant job they would have to return to their country. On acquiring employment, the candidates become eligible for Work Permit after a year. And having worked for at least 2-3 years make candidates eligible to apply for Singapore PR.
Now, let’s read the steps mentioned below to know how to apply for permanent residency of Singapore.
Read ‘Study in Singapore: All you need to know’ for more information about educational opportunities in Singapore.
Touted as the hub of automobile industry, Germany is one of the favourite study abroad destination among students who wish to pursue education in Europe. Stable economy, world-class educational centres along with great infrastructure and rich cultural heritage lures international students towards Germany to fulfil their career goals and look for ways to earn the country’s PR. The best way to go about is to obtain a Residence Permit/EU Blue Card from Foreign Nationals’ Registration Office in the vicinity. The Residence Permit allows students to stay in Germany post-study for 18 months to work in an industry befitting their course of study and qualification. Having gained a work experience of at least 2 years, the students are eligible to apply for permanent residency provided the candidates still have a job in Germany that would support his/her living cost in this European country.
Let’s read the steps about how international students can apply for permanent residency in Germany.
Also read, ‘Best Country to Study Abroad – All You Need to Know’.
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