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Canada opens immigration to some foreign Ph.D. students

Published: Friday, November 4, 2011 9:00 am

immigration lawyer attorney chicago visa PhD student green card permCanada will start accepting some PhD students as skilled immigrant workers to boost the country's science, technology and math sectors, the government said on Wednesday November 2. Gary Goodyear, minister of state for science and technology, announced the government is expanding the federal skilled worker category to include PhD students in certain streams, noting the country lacks people with expertise in science, technology, engineering and math.

Goodyear made the announcement at the same press conference where the government was focusing on the success of the Canadian experience class, which is aimed at skilled temporary foreign workers and international students who want to stay in Canada. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, who Wednesday welcomed the 10,000th permanent resident to enter Canada through the program, said Canada used to send people who wanted to become citizens back to their country of origin to have them start on the seven-year waitlist.

Goodyear said expanding the program tells innovators around the world that Canada is ready to welcome their ideas.

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