Planning To Study Abroad? These Immigrant-Friendly Countries May Be Ideal For You

There has been an increasing interest among students to pursue their education abroad. Especially post the pandemic, student immigration has seen a major rise! With so many countries opening their borders to international students, it can be confusing to decide which country may be the best for one to study. From Germany, Japan, and Canada to the UK, all these countries are immigration-friendly destinations for international students.

The pandemic had impacted students drastically, with international borders being closed off and educational institutions switching to online teaching, many students choose to postpone their dream to study abroad. According to the US Embassy, in 2022, over 82,000 student visas have been issued by the US Mission, setting the record for the highest number of student visas approved ever. Now that almost all countries have opened their borders, students are trying to make their dreams to study abroad come true.

Whether it is for a Master’s or for Bachelor’s, students have been flying across the world and moving to different countries in pursuit of more opportunities and a different lifestyle. Many factors come to play when one decides to study abroad — student visa requirements, employment opportunities, accommodation, culture, language, university and more!

Indian students have a huge scope for migrating to different countries for higher education. Many countries are welcoming Indian students by facilitating their visa process and offering post-work study visas, giving students plenty of time to find a job that is suitable for them. Certain destinations are also offering students the status of permanent resident, after completing the required years and meeting all the qualifications. Keeping all these factors in mind, we have found the best places where Indian students can complete their dream of studying abroad.

Here are the 10 best countries to study abroad for Indian students:

We all have someone in our social circle who is studying in Canada, that is because this country is known for being very immigrant-friendly! It has many universities offering dynamic courses. Getting a student visa is relatively easy and many employment opportunities are available post-graduation. They also offer post-graduate work visas, ranging from eight months to one year, allowing students sufficient time to look for a job. The home to Niagara Falls is also offering permanent resident status to immigrants.

Another popular country for studying abroad, the United Kingdom has many reputed universities that are world-renowned. You can comfortably get a student visa once you get admission into a recognised university. But what after your graduation? A graduate visa is granted to students after completing their education which gives them permission to stay in the country for two years more. This gives the students plenty of time to find jobs post their graduation, making it extremely immigrant-friendly. This rule was granted in 2019, before that students only had six months post-graduation to find a job.

With many publicly funded universities, Deutschland is famous for no tuition or low tuition, making it extremely attractive for international students. While many courses are taught in English, they offer all kinds of perks to students who also speak German. Not only does Germany offer a great quality of life but it also gives student visas and work visas easily once they have admission to the respective university or an employment contract. The government also offers a post-study work visa for 18 months.

The land down under is another excellent place for students to pursue their education! While it is popular for its natural scenic beauty, it offers many exciting work opportunities and has a wonderful quality of life.  Once you get admission to your choice of university, you can apply for a student visa without any complications. After graduating, students can get a post-study work visa for two to four years, depending on their qualifications. You can enjoy extra benefits as a skilled worker with respect to your visa.

There is no doubt that the United States of America is one of the most popular countries in the world. The country’s modern lifestyle is what attracts many young students to pursue their education here. However, it’s not the only factor that makes the USA a good choice for studying abroad, it is also home to some of the best universities in the world. With the country being the hub for technology and finance, it is the ideal place for STEM graduates (science, technology, engineering and math) as these students can enjoy a post-study work visa for up to three years.

A country famous among cricket enthusiasts and Lord of The Rings fans, New Zealand is one underrated country that has much more to offer! The breathtaking scenery is not the only reason why students choose it for pursuing higher education. Once you have completed your studies, you can stay up to three years with a post-study work visa. Later on, you can easily apply for permanent resident status once you have lived in the country with a resident visa for two years.

France is one of the countries in the European Union where education is affordable. The country also has many scholarship programmes that help students with living expenses and tuition fees. With many tech and finance-related courses taught in English, you don’t have to worry about not knowing French. However, it is always advantageous to know the language. The quality of life is much better here and more relaxing than in other countries!

Another European Union country, the Netherlands is coming up as a top choice for many students to study and migrate. While Dutch is the official language of the country, almost everybody speaks English, making it easy for people to adjust to the lifestyle. Universities are gaining popularity and ranks in many lists for the world-class education they provide and almost every course is taught in English. The tuition fees are also subsidised by the government, making them affordable. You can also enjoy a year’s time after graduation to look for jobs with the post-study work visa.

This tiny country is a modern marvel like no other! While it is reputed for being a global financial centre, it is also home to some of the most reputed universities in the world. Singapore has people from all around the world, offering amazing exposure and a wonderful quality of life. With English as its predominant language, you won’t have to worry about a language barrier during your time here. 

Japan brings together natural beauty with cutting-edge technology, making it one of the most beautiful places to be. This archipelago offers a world-class education in English as well as Japanese. Getting a student visa is very easy once you have the required documents with you, and after graduation, you get a year to hunt for jobs within your specialisation.

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Planning To Study Abroad? These Immigrant-Friendly Countries May Be Ideal For You

Priyaja took her love for reading to the next level by majoring in English and minoring in Journalism at Lady Shri Ram College For Women (DU). She is extremely curious about the world and wishes to visit all the countries once in her life. She identifies as a foodie and loves to spend her free time exploring different cuisine and curating new dishes. As a former Food Writer at NDTV, she can help you find the best places to eat in Delhi!

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