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AUCC welcomes announcement by Citizenship and Immigration of a new avenue to permanent residency for PhD students

November 2, 2011

OTTAWA – The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada welcomes Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s introduction of a new avenue to permanent residency for PhD students through the Federal Skilled Workers Program. The possibility of remaining in Canada to work and settle is very attractive to international students and a significant factor as they weigh their options to study in Canada against other countries. “This initiative will provide Canadian universities with one more competitive edge in attracting and retaining top international talent to pursue their doctoral studies in Canada,” said Paul Davidson, President of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. “We welcome this announcement and are committed to supporting CIC in their ongoing efforts.”

AUCC also joins Citizenship and Immigration Canada in celebrating the 10,000th permanent resident accepted to Canada through the Canadian Experience Class program. In the three years of its existence, CEC has proven to be a highly effective avenue to permanent residency for international graduates from Canadian universities and colleges.

The Federal Skilled Workers Program and Canadian Experience Class are both valuable mechanisms to facilitate Canada’s efforts in attracting and retaining top global talent, a critical element in achieving the vision of a smarter, more caring nation.

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For more information, please contact:

Rachel Lindsey
Senior Policy Analyst, AUCC
613-563-3961 ext 249
rlindsey@aucc.ca