Are you over 30 years old and want to study in Canada? We made a guide to help you and with 5 mistakes to avoid.
A person that is over 30 may or may not qualify for an immigration program right from their home country but to be sure of the options, the first step is to book an appointment with a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant to go over their profile and understand the best plan, with or without studying in Canada. The consultation will also help you define the best province and program to apply.
By that age, most of us may already have finished college, university or even post graduations. Some may also have spouses and kids, as well as a stable career. And all that needs to be considered.
How are you investing in your career? How long ago did you graduate? What about your work experiences? These questions are also important to help you pick a course that will enhance your career and increase your points in any given immigration program you may qualify for.
So, how to study in Canada?
Choosing a college that matches your career and having proper time for the application processing with the school, as well as with the visa application and all the procedures after receiving the visa approval is the first step.
But what about the things to avoid?
Here are the 5 main things to be careful about:
1- Changing professional area
We understand that you probably have some years of work in your profession and it may not be the first option to change it or adapt it in Canada, however it's part of the consistency of the application, to convince the immigration official that the course you are applying for will somehow add knowledge to boost your career back home.
2 - Adding a sponsor to your visa application
Adding a sponsor for a small part of your proof of funds may be ok but relying on this funding for most of it may not be well seen by the government. By 30, it's expected you are financially independent.
3- Not being sure you are ready to start your academic life again.
Coming to Canada as a student may happen as an option - because you want to study - or, as what happens to many people, a solution to be able to apply for an immigration process in a couple of years after graduation.
That being said, it's important to take the opportunity to enjoy your time as a student as much as you can and, the more dedicated to studying, the better results you will get - and that include building a network that may be a pathway to your new career in Canada.
4- Taking the idiom for granted, not realizing how challenging the experience may (and probably will) be.
As important as making sure you are ready to go back to school, accepting that English is not your first language and it will be one of your challenges is necessary. And that will require an extra effort from you. Be ready.
5- Not considering your family (husband/wife/kids) when applying for a Canadian institution
Don't forget that your choice will define their eligibility for an open work permit and free access to education (elementary and high school) and even to the health system. Depending on the course or institution you pick, your family will not be able to have these benefits.
Do you want to study in Canada? Be sure to choose the right professional to guide you through the process, helping you pick the best program of studies that will match your personal and immigration goals.
Here, at e-Visa, we are ready to help you in all the steps of your Canadian Plan. Book your consultation now