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Posted on October 19 2022

Canada & Germany ranks #1 in retaining international graduates, OECD reports

By  Editor
Updated October 05 2023

Highlights for top most countries that retains international graduates

  • International students who graduate from studying in Canada or Germany show more interest to settle in those countries than OECD countries.
  • Canada and Germany have successfully retained their international graduates to settle in their countries.
  • The PGWP option of Canada provides international students, a good number of chances to work after graduation for up to 3 years.
  • Germany offers 2-3 years of PSWP for International students.

International Graduates of Canada & Germany

International students who study in Canada or Germany prefer settling in those countries to any other OECD countries. 60% of international students studying in 2015 in Canada and Germany settled there.

Australia, Estonia, and New Zealand were able to retain 50% of their international graduates. Every two in five international graduates studied in France and Japan stayed back in the country. 15% or fewer students remained in Denmark, Italy, Norway, and Slovenia.

OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) 38 member countries have put in a wide range of policies to retain international graduates after completing their studies.

Except for the countries Germany and Canada, no other countries were successful in retaining international graduates.

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Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

By using PGWP Canada provides fair chances to international students to work even after completing their studies by giving Canadian work permits for up to 3 years.

PFWP is exempt from LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) requirements for international graduates from an authorized post-secondary school or a school secondary school. These schools offer qualifying study programs for a minimum of 8 months.

The study programs that last between 8 months to 2 years will grant the graduate the to obtain a PGWP that lasts as per the length of the study.

International graduates whose study program is for 2-years or more will be qualified for a 3-year permit.

With this work experience, foreign graduates can increase their CRS (Comprehensive Ranking System) scores which will help while applying for a Canada PR visa through the Express Entry System.

*Do you wish to work in Canada? Get assistance from Y-Axis, experienced overseas career immigration consultant

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Canada extends Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), expired after September 20, 2021

PGWP eligibility criteria for International graduates

  • Must be 18 years or older;
  • Must have studied continuously full-time in Canada in a study program at least for eight months long;
  • Have to apply within 180-days of finishing the program;
  • Must have completed their graduation and should pass all the program requirements.

Should be a graduate from any one of the following:

  • Graduated from a public post-secondary school, like college, trade/technical school or university, or CEGEP in Quebec;
  • Graduated from a private post-secondary school that functions with similar rules as the public schools
  • a private or a post-secondary school (in Quebec) that offers qualifying study programs
  • A Canadian private school that awards a legal degree based on provincial law. Provided the student needs to enroll in a study program that leads to a degree that is authorized by the province.

During the pandemic, Canada provided flexibility to international students in terms of studying remotely and eligibility towards PGWP. IRCC started accepting remote study hours as eligible for PGWP in February 2021.

Top International Study Destination – Canada

  • IRCC officials have extended the qualifying period of PGWP to include 100 percent of online studies during the period March 2020 & to Aug. 31, 2022
  • In a survey students studying overseas were willing to pursue their studies in Canada or Australia in the first place. The UK, the US, and New Zealand are the next choices.
  • Canada's measures in handling the studies of international students were merely appreciable and made students choose it as their top destination to study.
  • Canada providing chances to fill in jobs after studies was also an important choice for international students to choose Canada.
  • International students who stay back in the host country after studies will have a long-term employment rate compared to others.

Do you have a dream to migrate to Canada? Talk to World’s no.1 Y-Axis Canada overseas migration consultant.

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