Are you over 30 and interested in studying in Canada? We’ve put together a guide to help you, including 5 common mistakes to avoid.
It’s important to note that, depending on your profile, you may or may not qualify for a Canadian immigration program right from your home country. The first step is to book a consultation with a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) to evaluate your options and develop the best plan for you, whether it involves studying in Canada or not. This consultation will also help you identify the best province and program to apply to.
At 30 or older, you likely have completed college, university, or even post-graduate studies. You may also have a spouse, children, and a stable career to consider. When deciding to study in Canada, you need to take into account how it will fit into your career goals and increase your points for any immigration programs you may qualify for. Ask yourself questions like, “How will this program enhance my career?” “How long ago did I graduate?” and “What are my work experiences?”
So, how do you go about studying in Canada?
The first step is to choose a college that aligns with your career goals and give yourself ample time for the application process with the school, as well as for the visa application and all other necessary procedures after receiving the visa approval.
But what mistakes should you avoid?
- Changing your professional area
We understand that you may have several years of experience in your current profession and may not want to change or adapt it in Canada. However, consistency in your application is crucial to convince the immigration officer that the program you’re applying for will add value to your career back home.
- Relying too heavily on a sponsor for your proof of funds
While it’s okay to have a sponsor for a small portion of your proof of funds, relying on them for most of it may not look good to the government. By the age of 30, it’s expected that you are financially independent.
- Not being sure if you’re ready to start your academic life again
While studying in Canada may be a way to apply for an immigration process in a few years after graduation, it’s important to take advantage of the opportunity and enjoy your time as a student as much as possible. Dedication to studying will yield better results and can even help you build a network that may lead to a new career in Canada.
- Underestimating the challenges of the language barrier
Accepting that English is not your first language and that it will be a challenge is necessary. This will require extra effort on your part, so be prepared.
- Not considering your family when applying to a Canadian institution
It’s important to keep your family in mind when selecting a program or institution. Your choice may impact their eligibility for an open work permit, free access to education (elementary and high school), and even the health system. Depending on the course or institution you choose, your family may not have these benefits.
If you want to study in Canada, make sure to choose a qualified professional to guide you through the process and help you select the best program of studies that will align with your personal and immigration goals. At New Beginnings Immigration, we’re here to help you through all the steps of your Canadian plan. Book your consultation now.