Here is all you need to know about the top countries offering easy immigration to international students along with their immigration rules and available PR or pathway programmes.
There is a boon in choosing countries with easy immigration or PR – easier transition into the workforce. While many countries have limited welcoming policies for international students, there are some that even offer specific pathway programmes for easier permanent residency.
Today, a growing number of countries are looking for ways to launch flexible immigration policies and attract more international students to fill the skilled labour shortages. This has further made it difficult for international students to narrow down their search when looking for the right countries with easy PR after study.
Here is a list of the top five countries with easy immigration and their respective immigration programmes, rules, types, and eligibility criteria.
Let us first have a quick look at the top five countries with easy immigration or PR for international graduates, including those from India. Also, find their respective PR visas and processing times:
PR Visas/Pathway Programmes
Canadian Experience Class, FSW programme, PNP, Quebec Immigration Options and PSWP
Subclass 189, subclass 190, subclass 491
Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, 2021 Resident Visa, Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa
76 days to 6 months
German permanent residence permit or Settlement Permit
Singapore PR Visa
Around 6 months
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It is known that Canada tops the list of countries with easy immigration. For international students who want to immigrate to Canada post their studies, the country has exclusively designed a number of pathway programmes. Also, going to Canada as an international student is known to be the first step to gaining permanent residence.
Here are the Canadian immigration pathway programmes:
One of the most popular and fastest Canadian PR pathways for international students, this programme is operated under the Express Entry system. To obtain this, international students need to fulfil a number of eligibility criteria including providing evidence for at least 12 months of full-time, continuous and skilled work experience in Canada.
Again, if the student gathers experience during their study programme, it would not be counted towards the 12-month requirement. Apart from this, an international student also needs to meet other criteria based on language proficiency, level of education and age.
The FSW programme, operated through the country’s Express Entry system, lets international graduates with skilled worker experience abroad immigrate to Canada. It is a merit-based programme which evaluates applicants using a points-based Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.
Although highly competitive, this can be a Canadian PR option for international students who can manage to meet the eligibility requirements.
In Canada, each province has different immigration programmes called Provincial Nominee programmes (PNPs). These have been curated keeping in the mind the varying needs of a particular province or territory. PNPs prefer applicants with some connection to the province like a history of studying or working in the province.
The Quebec province has a separate immigration system with its own set of eligibility criteria and application process. Broadly, Quebec Immigration Options can be divided into the Quebec Experience programme (PEQ) and Quebec Skilled Worker (QSW).
While PEQ is for those who have completed their programme or are only 6 months away from completing the programme, QSW is for those who have either completed or are about to complete an education credential in the province.
Although it is not a direct PR programme, it allows international students who have graduated from a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) to remain in Canada after their course of study or work in Canada.
Australia has become one of the easiest countries to immigrate to in 2022, primarily because of its points-based system. International students can also check their eligibility by using the Australia PR calculator. Given below are the Australia PR visas for international students along with their provisions and eligibility:
Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)
Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)
Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)
The visa allows students to work and study anywhere in Australia,
Become an Australian permanent resident and then an Australian citizen (if eligible),
Allows students to sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence,
Lets students enrol in public health care scheme, Medicare of the country,
Students can travel to and from Australia for five years.
Students must have completed their study in Australia for a total of at least 16 calendar months while holding an authorised Australian student visa,
They should have more than one qualification leading to a total of no less than two academic years of study and a single eligible qualification, OR, a single eligible qualification requiring at least two academic years of study.
They must also meet other requirements including employment, age, English language skills, partner skills, and more.
Those willing to receive a permanent residence in Australia after studies may refer to a detailed Guide to Australian PR as an Indian Student.
International graduates in New Zealand who have been living in the country for two or more years on a New Zealand residence visa, may qualify for a NZ PR visa. The same will allow them to travel to and from New Zealand at their convenience.
Let us see why New Zealand is featured in the list of top countries with easy immigration/PR. New Zealand offers a wide range of Residence visa options for international students. These may include:
Students with the required skills, qualifications and experience for the growth of the country’s economy can be invited to apply for this visa. If approved, the applicant along with their family can live in New Zealand permanently.
Those who were in the country on September 29, 2021, might be able to apply for this visa if they have an eligible work visa and they either earn at or above the median wage, work in a scarce list role or have lived in New Zealand for the last three years.
In case the student has the required experience and qualifications to fill a vacancy under the country’s Long Term Skill Shortage List and has an offer in the same occupation, they may be eligible for this visa.
It is important to note that New Zealand also follows a points-based system like Australia. The same takes into account factors such as age, educational qualification, job offers, family ties and work experience.
Moving on to Germany, which is one of the top countries with easy immigration or PR, it has been widely famous for offering free education (terms and conditions applied). And, more often than not, those studying in Germany are likely to apply for permanent residency and even citizenship post that.
The German permanent residence permit, also known as Settlement Permit, is offered only after an applicant has lived and worked in the country for a particular period of time. Briefly, gaining Germany PR requires international students to meet some requirements:
Must have gained at least two years of experience as a skilled worker
Must have a German university degree or vocational training
Must have B1 level or higher proficiency in the German language
Must submit evidence of financial support
Must have contributed to the statutory pension insurance while living and working in Germany
Might also be required to submit proof of accommodation in Germany
Coming to the fifth country with easy immigration for international students, Singapore is known for its world-class education, top-ranked universities and welcoming policies.
The easiest way to get PR in Singapore is through the Long Term Visit Pass (1 year) when you should be working. After that, students can apply for the Singapore work permit, following which they can apply for the professional, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme (PTS).
Although Singapore allows all international students studying in the country to apply for PR consideration, they still need to meet some basic requirements, such as:
International students must have lived in Singapore for more than two years at the time of application,
They should have passed at least one national exam such as PSLE or GCE ‘N’/’O’/’A’ levels, or
They should be in an Integrated Programme (IP).
While everything has been detailed out, immigration to a new country can become a tedious job if not executed systematically. Each country has different pathways for PR, allowing each international student to find a suitable PR visa for them. So, thorough research on the immigration systems of these countries is something that needs to be done first.
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