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Immigration Minister John McCallum says international students have been ‘shortchanged’ by the Express Entry program, which favours skilled workers from abroad. (Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Immigration Minister John McCallum says international students have been ‘shortchanged’ by the Express Entry program, which favours skilled workers from abroad.
(Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

This is a good news, since international students have been having  a difficult time getting their permanent residence after their education in Canada.

The Liberal government is moving to make it easier for international students to become permanent residents once they have graduated from Canadian postsecondary institutions.

Immigration Minister John McCallum said he intends to launch federal-provincial talks to reform the current Express Entry program, a computerized system that serves as a matchmaking service between employers and foreign skilled workers. Thousands of international students have been rejected for permanent residency because the program favours prospective skilled workers from abroad.

“We must do more to attract students to this country as permanent residents,” Mr. McCallum told reporters after meeting with his provincial and territorial counterparts Monday. “International students have been shortchanged by the Express Entry system. They are the cream of the crop in terms of potential future Canadians and so I certainly would like to work with my provincial and territorial colleagues to improve that.”

Mr. McCallum said international students are ideal immigrants and should be recruited by Canada.

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