When international students go to study abroad, they are not just looking for education. They look for opportunities to expand their resume and improve their future. For many, their ultimate goal is to obtain permanent residence at the end of their studies. One of the most feasible ways to do this is through work permits, which provide students with many benefits, including rewarding work experiences and the chance to make industry connections wherever they study.
A competitive advantage
A work permit makes them ready for industry and gives them a competitive edge. and a way to stand out in the talent pool. It is almost considered essential for international students to consider work permit programs if they are looking for a promising career.
The work experience gained is invaluable, as it usually gives them a boost if they choose to apply for permanent resident status. So, those considering studying abroad should consider places that offer work permit programs.
Opportunities available for international students
Among the countries offering such programs, the Graduate Immigration Route (GIR) of the United Kingdom is the subject of particular attention. This is part of a wider UK government effort to increase the number of international students in higher education in the country to 6,00,000 by 2030 and India has been mentioned as a priority market in the setting. 2021 update of the international education strategy.
The success of the Canada Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWP) has been phenomenal. The PGWPP has proven that committing to study abroad in Canada can lead to valuable work experience and potentially permanent residency. Since 2017, the PGWPP has reported an approval rate of at least 95% every year and has gained immense popularity over the past five years. From 2016 to 2020, the number of post-graduation work permits (PGWPs) issued in Canada increased by 124%. Last year, 55% of the PGWPPs issued went to Indian students.
The United States is another great option with the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, coordinated by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Most international students are eligible for up to 12 months of OPT employment in the United States. A special extension for students in STEM programs allows them to work an additional 24 months. in the USA. The OPT program has a strong track record among Indian students – over 73,000 Indian students were enrolled there in the 2020/21 academic year, representing 44% of Indian students in the United States.
As the international education landscape is flooded with work opportunities, it is imperative to know which school programs and institutions a student would qualify for, along with work permit programs. Therefore, do your research carefully and consult those who have experience in the field.
The author is Managing Director and Head of India Operations at ApplyBoard, India