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Engineering in Canada

Working as an Engineer

Parents and grandparents sponsorship program reopens for 2018

For all Canadian citizens and permanent residents looking to sponsor a parent or grandparent in 2018, the month of January is an important time to act.
The first step in the application process requires an online “Interest to Sponsor” form to be submitted. Form submissions open noon EST on January 2, 2018 and close a month later on February 1. Following that, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will invite potential sponsors to apply using a random selection process.
For 2018, IRCC aims to receive 10,000 complete applications.
“Helping more people reunite with their parents and grandparents in Canada demonstrates the government’s commitment to keeping families together, leading to successful integration and stronger ties to Canada” said Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
This new process of application was implemented in 2017 by IRCC to make the process fairer and more transparent for applicants.
It’s important that only those who qualify as eligible sponsors express their interest, in order to allow as many eligible sponsors as possible to bring their family members to Canada.
To find out if you could be an eligible sponsor, refer to this guide.
Source: https://newcanadians.tv/parents-grandparents-sponsorship-program-reopens-2018/?inf_contact_key=cc88c5350936676e36a645b9423a06cc4c72d29d228066df70c8c883fcf337fc

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Getting a license as a Chemical Engineer in Canada.

The Canadian Engineering Qualifications Board of Engineers Canada issues the Examination Syllabus that includes a continually increasing number of engineering disciplines.
Each discipline examination syllabus is divided into two examination categories: compulsory and elective. A full set of Chemical Engineering examinations consists of nine, three-hour examination papers. Candidates will be assigned examinations based on an assessment of their academic background. Examinations from discipline syllabi other than those specific to the candidates’ discipline may be assigned at the discretion of the constituent association.
Before writing the discipline examinations, candidates must have passed, or have been exempted from, the Basic Studies Examinations.
Information on examination schedules, textbooks, materials provided or required, and whether the examinations are an open or closed book, will be supplied by the constituent association.

For a list of recommended books and textbooks, you can click the link below.

Chemical Engineering Reference List

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How more and more Indian students and professionals are choosing Canada over the US


At a breakfast event at the US Embassy in New Delhi on November 9, 2016, a senior diplomat from the Canadian High Commission discreetly fielded questions on whether more Indians would opt for permanent residence and citizenship in his country, with the new US President Donald Trump taking a hard line on immigration. Fast forward to the winter of 2017 and that trend seems to be becoming a reality. Canada is fast emerging as the preferred destination in North America. 

According to the annual Open Doors report on international education released in November by the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York, and the US Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the enrolment of new Indian students in US campuses remained almost flat in 2016-17, just 1.3% higher than the previous year. Over 500 American colleges and universities reported an average decrease of 7% in the number of newly enrolled students. 

Though the 1,86,267 Indian students enrolled in US campuses in 2016-17 still outnumber the 1,00,000 studying in Canada, the latter is showing a significant rise in numbers. In 2016, 52,870 Indian study-permit holders went to Canada, but in 2017 the figure is already 54,425 (till October). On the other hand, the number of fresh visas (for those wishing to study in the issue to students in India was 62,537 in 2016-drop of 16.4% over the previous year. 

One of the important attractions of Canada for students is the fact it is 30-40% cheaper the US, even at top universities and colleges. Besides, Trump’s stance on immigration and concerns over racist incidents are taking the shine off US campuses. 

Optional practical training (OPT), a programme that allows Indian students to remain in the US after they finish their education, is facing difficulties as the H-1B work visa comes under a cloud. Employers in Canada, on the other hand, are wooing Indian students studying in Canada especially those in STEM fields (science, tech, engineering, mathematics). Canada’s express entry system, in fact, creates a pathway for skilled Indians to get fast-track permanent resident status and then citizenship. 

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