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Canadian government eases citizenship process for international students

  • The Canadian government has introduced legislation to reduce the period of physical residency required to apply for Canadian citizenship
  • The new legislation will also restore a provision that allows international students to count time spent studying or working in Canada against that residency requirement
  • The government has also committed to a review of the Canadian Experience Class programme, a key path to permanent residency for international students in Canada

The newly elected government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced legislation to repeal a number of controversial changes to the Canadian Immigration Act. Under the previous Conservative government, a number of changes to the Act were packaged as Bill C-24 and passed into law in June 2015.

Of particular interest to international students were provisions that made the path to Canadian citizenship more difficult for foreign graduates. One of the key requirements for a citizenship application is physical residency in Canada. Bill C-24 increased the residency requirement from three years to four. But it also eliminated a special provision that allowed 50% of the time spent in Canada on a work or study visa to be counted against that physical residency requirement.

As the University of Toronto’s student newspaper, The Varsity, put it at the time, “The bill states that you must spend at least 183 days in Canada each year for a total of four years to qualify for citizenship. International students spend at least 240 days a year here; most international students are completing a four-year programme. According to these numbers, international students should be eligible for citizenship by the end of their degrees.

In addition to including time spent in Canada on a study or work visa towards the physical residency requirement, Bill C-6 will also reduce the period of physical residency required to apply for Canadian citizenship. It reduces the physical residency requirement from four out of the previous six years to three out of the previous five years.

The Canadian Experience Class and Express Entry

Also of note to international students, the government has committed to review Canada’s Express Entry process, pledging that, “We will make changes to the Canadian Experience Class to reduce the barriers to immigration that have been imposed on international students.”

As we reported last year, it was roughly 2005 when the Canadian government began to introduce policies designed expressly to help talented international students to become permanent residents of Canada. First introduced in 2008, the Canadian Experience Class programme was a notable example in this respect and it is considered to have been an important factor in the significant international enrolment growth that Canada has realized in the years since. Indeed, recent surveys by the Canadian Bureau for International Education have found that roughly half of the international students in Canada intend to apply for permanent residency at some point in the future.

The path to the Canadian Experience Class programme was muddled somewhat in January 2015 by the introduction of a new system called Express Entry. We have written extensively about Express Entry in the past and readers who wish to have additional background are encouraged to review our earlier coverage.

To sum up the mechanics of the programme quickly: anyone applying for permanent residency (via Canadian Experience Class or otherwise) must now first apply via the Express Entry system. All applications are scored within the system, and all applicants that score above a given threshold will receive an “Invitation to Apply” which then allows them to progress to the Canadian Experience Class process (or to another applicable programme under the Express Entry umbrella).

Since the introduction of the Express Entry process, there have been a lot of questions about both the annual immigration quotas allocated to individual programmes, such as the Canadian Experience Class, and also about the scoring system used to rank and select applicants from the Express Entry pool.

While it is not clear what steps the Canadian government may now take with respect to either the Canadian Experience Class or Express Entry, it seems likely that any policy moves designed to open greater opportunities for permanent residency and citizenship for international students would target one or both of the following:

  • immigration quotas associated with key permanent residency programmes relevant to international students, including the Canadian Experience Class; and/or
  • Modifications to the scoring system to better recognize the experience of living, studying, and working in Canada that international students bring to their Express Entry applications.

Again, while it is not yet clear how the Canadian Experience Class will change as a result of the current government review, it seems certain that students, agents, and educators will watch closely for further developments on the file, particularly given its important to the residency and citizenship goals of many foreign students in Canada.

Reference: http://monitor.icef.com/2016/02/canadian-government-eases-citizenship-process/

Comparison between Studying MBA from USA or Canada

This article may be very useful when you are choosing between USA and Canada to pursue MBA or Masters in Management field.

USA VS CANADA (Zenithabroad.com)Doing MBA or a Management course from a foreign university can be very helpful in understanding business and trade from a global perspective. However, once an aspirant has zeroed down the choice of studying management abroad, the next likely question ahead him/her is about the destination or the university where one must study.

The USA and Canada are the two obvious choices that emerge as foreign destinations to pursue Masters in Management, MBA or related postgraduate courses, for international students.

The world-class universities and colleges, the quality of education and the variety of courses make these two as one of the top choices for any international student.

United States of America have lots of one of the best universities in the world like Harvard University, University of Phoenix, and University of Southern California, etc.

On the other hand, Canada also has lots of top class universities like the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, McGill University, and University of Alberta etc.


This is the first thing to look at while making your choice for the suitable country. The requirements of various universities may vary however, the generally accepted norms are as follows:-

Countries USA CANADA
Eligibility Minimum 4 years of education after 10+2 Minimum 4 years education after 10+2
GMAT Essential Essential
Work Experience Recommended Required for most Colleges

Difference between USA and Canada universities-

  • United States of America: Any person cannot get settled permanently in the US directly after completing MBA or a post-graduation in management. However, an individual can study and work in the US for some time basis the acquired work permit.
  •  Canada: Any person studying in Canada for two years or more and having a valid work permit under the Post Graduate Work Permit Programme (PGWPP) shall have better chances to get settled in Canada.


The tuition fee may vary greatly depend on the institute. We here compare the approximate average expenses of doing an MBA in various countries.

Cost Figures in Indian Rupees (Lakhs)

Countries USA

(Public Universities)


(Private universities)

Tuition Fees

(Full Cost)

10.35 Lacs 19.35 Lacs 9.3 lacs
Living Cost


5.4 Lacs 5.4 Lacs 3.1 Lacs
Duration 2 Years 2 Years 1.5 to 2 Years
Total Cost 21.15 Laks 30.15 Lacs 15.5 lacs


By: Manprabhjot Singh (Sr. Admission Counselor)


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Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

MCAT or Medical College Admission Test is for the students who are planning to pursue their Medical education in either USA or Canada. The MCAT test is a standardized, multiple-choice examination.

The test is designed to assess the examines problem solving, critical thinking and knowledge of Science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. Almost all US Medical Schools and many Canadian schools require applicants to submit MCAT exam. MCAT scores are valid up to 3 years.
MCAT is compulsory for both, a student who is about to start his/her medical education and an MBBS degree holder as well.

What is the format of MCAT?
MCAT tests a student’s Problem Solving, Critical Thinking and Knowledge of Science concepts. The sections include Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Verbal Reasoning.

What can I expect in the Physical Sciences section?
The Physical Science section of the MCAT exam assesses the introductory-level knowledge of general Chemistry and Physics to solve scientific problems.

What can I expect in the Biological Sciences section?
The section assesses the introductory level knowledge of Biology and Organic Chemistry to solve scientific problems.

What can I expect in the Verbal Reasoning section?
The section will assess your ability to understand, evaluate and apply information and arguments presented in text.

How am I eligible for MCAT?
Either you are fresh out of 10+2 or have just finished with your MBBS degree in both the cases you are eligible to appear for MCAT.

How do I register?
MCAT Website: https://students-residents.aamc.org/

What is the fee for MCAT?

The details are mentioned below:

  • Regular Registration: USD 270
  • International Test Site: USD 85
  • Late Registration: USD 75
  • Date Schedule: USD 90
  • Change of Test Center: USD 90

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Zenith Abroad Education Consultancy

New Pre-Arrival Medical Test for Student Visa of Malaysia

Changed Medical Procedure 2015

Steps to be followed For Pre-Arrival Medical


Students will be required to undergo a Medical Screening prior to their arrival in Malaysia in addition to the one they do after arrival.

This step has been taken to protect the community from the spread of communicable diseases.

Students will be requested to do the Medical Screening and upload the documents after the application has been created by the institution in STARS

Changes in Malaysian Student Visa — 7th October 2014

Introduction of New Compulsory I-CARD for All International Students

EMGS (Education Malaysia Global Services) has introduced a new I-Card, which can be used as an international student ID Card. This will mean students will not be required to carry their passports from now on. The I-Card was issued free from July 1st until Sept 30th but is now being charged at RM 50 per year.

As such, the EMGS Student Pass Processing Fee will be revised from RM 1,000 to RM 1,050 to include the cost of the card.

All applicants whose applications which are pending submission to the International Students Dept. will be invoiced RM 50 and this needs to be settled when they arrive at HELP.

If the card is lost, the student will need to make a police report and pay RM 50 for a replacement card. The card is valid for 1 year. If students change course or progress to another university, they will have to return the card to HELP to be returned to EMGS. Students will no longer need to carry their passport if they are holding this card. The card is issued by Immigration and is recognized by the Police as well.

For existing students, the I Card will be issued to students upon renewal of visa.

Study in France, A Smart Choice!

Study in France by Zenith Abroad Education ConsultancyAside from being the center of Western culture, art, thought, politics and research for over 800 years, France remains a major presence in the modern world and continues to be a huge contributor to the fields of science, art, cinema, fashion, technology, politics, philosophy, archaeology, trade and economics. Students studying in France today can benefit from a variety of opportunities and exciting developments in the French culture and economy. When the point of education is taken into consideration, to French it is a world tradition to welcome foreign students. The French education has a history which takes you back to 800 years and the students from all over come to France to study. Today, French universities have added a new dimension to their higher education. In addition to a good educational experience, studying in France leads to good career opportunities internationally after graduation. France is better known for its high level of technological development, culture and reputation in the education system, which attracts number of young aspirants here every academic year.

Industries & Research: In France, people use to say: “On n’a pas de pétrole, mais on a des idées!” (“We may not have petroleum, but we do have ideas!”). Talking French is talking in the language of math and science. When you go to high school, you hear about a lot of French mathematicians. Did you know that the French invented the ambulance, the printed language for blind people called Braille, canned food, photography and cinema, quantitative chemistry, automobile, battery, Sewing Machine, the metric system -just to name a few. France is the world’s fifth largest and wealthiest economy & it is the second largest economy in Europe. France has long been part of the world’s wealthiest and most developed national economies. With 39 of the 500 biggest companies of the world in 2010, France ranks 4th in the Fortune Global 500, behind the USA, Japan and China. Paris is the third most important localization for the world’s 500 biggest companies’ headquarters. There are more Fortune Global 500’s headquarters in Paris than in New York, London or Munich, but less than in Tokyo and Beijing. Notable companies in France include Total, AXA Group, Sanofi-aventis, Renault Group, Saint-Gobain, L’Oréal, Peugeot, Alcatel-Lucent, Christian Dior, Schneider Electric, Michelin, Capgemini, and Sodexho.

Lifestyle: France is what we refer to as a multicultural society and it is hard to imagine that the way of life is homogeneous throughout the country. With its colorful history and deeply rooted regional traditions, you will find France anything but boring. If there is one thing to be said about French, it would definitely be that it is the language of cuisine and gourmet cooking. Explore the famed French cuisine, dare to taste new flavors and get to know the locals. A great way to do so is to participate in the many celebrations and events held here or by visiting the fêtes and markets. There are countless and unforgettable events and festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. 

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Top Reasons to Study in Malaysia

Study in MalaysiaMalaysia has grown tremendously and has become a more developed country over the years since its independence more than 51 years ago.We have compiled together some of the top reasons to Study in Malaysia for an Indian students. 

Top Reasons to Study in Malaysia

  • Internationally Recognized Degrees: Malaysia is acknowledged to be one of the leading country in terms of development of transnational educational programmes. It offers a wide range of Unique collaborative degree programmes such as twinning degrees (for example:2 years in Malaysia and 1 year in overseas host university) and 3+0 international degrees (where the entire foreign university degree programme is taught in Malaysia).These programmes are offered to local as well as to international students at cheaper tuition fees . Also the Degrees of Malaysian Universities are recognized worldwide and Students here can get the chances to earn Degrees from big Universities of U.K, Australia ,Canada, etc.
  • Economical: The Tuition Fees of Malaysian Universities is less as compared to other developed countries like Australia, Canada, and U.K. Also the cost of living for international students to study in Malaysia is quite low. So, the low living cost besides the cheaper tuition fee would appeal to both international and local students in terms of great savings of living expenses while studying in Malaysia as compared to other countries in Europe and North America. Food, transportation, accommodation as well as other living expenses is all very low. Students can find accommodation very easily and in cheap rates.
  • Excellent Teaching Facilities: The classes are small and interactive So that teachers can communicate with each and every student and solve the problems of students easily and quickly. The teaching style is logical and practical. You cannot just study but apply the things you learnt.
  • Flexible Credit Transfer System: Malaysian Universities have consortium of partner universities, which allows admission through credit transfer to students who are studying in Malaysian universities. It becomes very easy for the students to transfer their credits to the consortium of partner universities and earn an international degree. Most of the partner universities are of U.K, Australia and Canada.
  • Multicultural Environment and Friendly People: Every year large number of international students come to make their careers. So you find different cultures living under the same roof and can see and feel different colors of different countries. Also Malaysians are very welcoming and will make your stay a memorable one.

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