uCalgary conference encourages international students to remain in Alberta

March 5, 2012

A full-day conference at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business on Friday showed how international students who typically return home soon after attaining their degree could help curb a growing labour shortage in Alberta. The conference's organizer says if given a job, most foreign students would stay in Canada, but many are unaware of changes to immigration laws and rules; for example, they can now obtain 3-year open working visas that can lead to permanent residency. "(Foreign students) are welcome in Canada," the organizer says. "And we have employers who are hungry to give them jobs." Alberta's advanced education minister told international students at the conference that retaining foreign students is critically important to the province, noting that opportunities there "are abundant...We're looking for talent across all disciplines." The president of uCalgary's Graduate Students' Association says the conference helped reassure international students that degrees earned at Canadian universities are valued. Haskayne News | Calgary Herald