Ottawa Student Immigrants Add To The Economy

CBC Ottawa is reporting that foreign students are pumping money into local economies across the country:

The number of international students who come to Ottawa to earn their high school diploma has skyrocketed, injecting money into both the local and national economy.

There are about 480 foreign students this school year at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board compared to just 50 in 2000. The students come from all over the world but the majority find their way from China and Japan.

That rising number translates into an approximate $30,000 boost to the local economy, according to the head of Ottawa’s international student program.

In Canada in 2008, more than 180,000 international students fuelled a $6.5 billion industry, which still lags behind the U.K., Australia and the U.S.

The big winner, according to one Ottawa principal and the school board, are the schools where international students attend.

Schools get big chunk of money for teachers, programs

Of the money brought into the local economy, thousands go directly to the school and help grow its programs and add to its teaching staff.

But the process has its challenges, schools admit, especially when it comes to a student’s adjustment period.

Jane Alexander, principal of Brookfield High School in Ottawa, says about 1 in every 10 of her students is an international student. (CBC)

 It’s a challenging time of life to be in high school and certainly I expect that being away from your home country and in a new country is even more of a challenge

About ten per cent of Brookfield’s student population are international students, which Alexander calls a huge benefit to her school.

Grade 10 student Shun Naito said he chose Brookfield to immerse himself in the English language. There are a limited number of Japanese students there so he can learn the language quicker than other international students.

International students need time to adjust to new country, culture

Naito, who is from Tokyo, Japan, has played sports to help adjust to Canada. He is still a little homesick, though.

“A little bit missing,” Naito said in broken English, “But it’s for my dream so I can focus to study.”

One of the toughest tasks for local programs is finding international students a comfortable place to live. They also need a lot of support while they are here to ease the transition.

“It’s like dating,” said Geoff Best, who heads Ottawa’s student program, “You find the right family, you can stay there or you just don’t click. They’ll have to move and we do that.”

Naito said he has had a fairly smooth transition with his Ottawa family, who come from a Filipino background.

His dream now is to graduate from Brookfield before attending either an American or Canadian university.

Here Are Some Tips About Canadian Study Permits

Study Permits are temporary resident visas and as such you will be required to satisfy a visa officer when entering Canada that you will be studying in Canada only for a temporary period.

There are a number of criteria that must be met to qualify for a Study Permit:

  • You need an offer of acceptance from a qualified Canadian educational institution.
  • The offer of acceptance must be in the form of a letter from the school
  • You have to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to pay the school’s tuition and for your general living expenses during your course of study up to one year.
  • Generally, if your course of study is for one year, you should show that you have $10,000CDN plus tuition.
  • You may have to undergo an immigration medial exam and if you normally require a visitor visa to Canada, you will have to be issued one in addition to your Study Permit

Here Are Some Tips About Canadian Study Permits

Study Permits are temporary resident visas and as such you will be required to satisfy a visa officer when entering Canada that you will be studying in Canada only for a temporary period.

There are a number of criteria that must be met to qualify for a Study Permit:

  • You need an offer of acceptance from a qualified Canadian educational institution.
  • The offer of acceptance must be in the form of a letter from the school
  • You have to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to pay the school’s tuition and for your general living expenses during your course of study up to one year.
  • Generally, if your course of study is for one year, you should show that you have $10,000CDN plus tuition.
  • You may have to undergo an immigration medial exam and if you normally require a visitor visa to Canada, you will have to be issued one in addition to your Study Permit

Students from around the world come to Ottawa and the rest of Canada every year to study, not only does it help the economy as we have just read, but it also enhances the diversity of the country and allows our students to learn first hand about other cultures.

If you would like more information about the Study Permit application for immigrants in Ottawa, call our Niren & Associates law office at (613) 482-0991.

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