Tips for choosing a good college and educational program

Tips for choosing a good college and educational program

Traveling to Canada through the educational pathway is the most common way for thousands of immigrants to achieve their permanent residency goals. 

The reason for this practice is because studying in Canada allows enormous flexibility and gives the candidate control over the process. The control is due to the fact that the candidate can choose the date of arrival in Canada, the province in which he/she wishes to live and therefore the process is 100% in the candidate's hands. 

This makes a difference compared to other avenues such as employment where the candidate is 100% dependent on an offer from a Canadian employer and goes through a recruitment process that can take years. 

However, in practice, although many people opt for the educational pathway which has a percentage certainty of allowing the candidate to obtain permanent residency, many people find that the plan they designed does not allow them to obtain the long-desired residency and therefore the result is to pack their bags and return to their countries with a Canadian diploma and without being a resident. Even in many situations, mistakes made at the beginning of the application lead to the rejection of the study visa application. 

The main reason for this phenomenon is that the candidate makes mistakes at the beginning of the process, either at the time of selecting the college or university, also at the time of visa application or later mistakes once the candidate arrives in Canada. 

In this blog we will provide you with important tips that can help you ensure that your college or university selection process is the right one for your goal of achieving permanent residency. 

Before we begin we invite you to evaluate our college or university registration services which are free of charge to immiland. You can visit our website: or send us an email to At Immiland we work with 90% of the colleges and universities in Canada and we are ready to provide you with the best service. 

  1. The choice of the program to study: Make sure that the chosen program has a logical thread with your professional career. Including your work and educational background. For example, it is not recommended that if you have an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and your entire career path has been in mechanical maintenance that you enroll in a cooking program. A career change may result in the officer not seeing the real reason to invest so much money in a program that will not assure you entry into the profession you will study in Canada.
  2. Do not lower your educational level: If you already have university studies, the ideal is to pursue a postgraduate or master's degree, however if you want a technical program, it is recommended to evaluate the curriculum of the program and make sure that at least 80% of the subjects are new to what you have previously observed. 
  3. The decisive Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP): If your objective is to migrate, it is recommended that you choose an institution that allows you to be eligible for a work permit after graduation, not all institutions are eligible for it and if you do not choose the right one you will have to return to your country once you graduate. 
  4. The bridge to residency (Provincial Nominee Program): It is also very important that if you wish to migrate choose the college in the province and city with which you have already defined your migration plan, because the migration plans by province are different. It is recommended to have a consultation with a regulated immigration consultant first to define the provinces that best suit your professional profile. 
  5. With or without Co-op: Co-op (internships) is beneficial if the institution also allows for work permit eligibility after graduation, because it provides the possibility for the student to obtain Canadian work experience in the area of study before graduation so that after graduation and upon obtaining the open work permit it will be easier to find a job. However, if your program does not have a co-op but you are eligible for a work permit after graduation it is also useful. 
  6. Make sure that you have the economic funds to apply for the visa: Take into account when choosing the program of study and college the budget that you have for your studies, because although the institutions do not require to demonstrate the economic solvency the government will require it and it is one of the most important factors to take into account for the application of the visa. To understand the amounts and ensure a good plan: How much does it cost to study in Canada? - Exact amounts v2.
  7. Visa application requirements: When choosing the program and the college you must take into account that you must comply with all the admission requirements, in Canada the only way to get a letter of acceptance without conditions is to comply with all the requirements that the institution demands. You must be honest with yourselves and know if your profile applies or not to the program you want, such as university grade point average, language level, work experience, among others. This way you ensure an acceptance if you have applied on time. At Immiland we specialize in this type of application. You can request a quote for our services at this link:

  1. Study for 1 or 2 years: At Immiland we recommend a minimum of 2 years of study because the work permit is normally granted for the duration of the studies and if it is a 1 year study, the work permit will only be open for 1 year, whereas if it is a 2 year study, it will be open for 2 to 3 years. 

Many successes in your processes, 

With love, 

Angy Diaz and Eddy Ramirez. 

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