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8 Ideal countries for immigration for students

Last Updated on February 19, 2021 by iSchoolConnect

Most international students often look to settle in countries they are studying in. So before you choose your education destination, take a look at this list of the best countries for immigration. And find out why Canada, Australia, and Germany make it to the top of the list.

There are various factors to be considered before choosing the perfect country for studying and settling abroad. Many students apply to study abroad but only a few of them make it. As most countries have stringent immigration policies, it becomes difficult to find ways to stay back and work. Still, some countries appreciate diversity and allow international students to settle as permanent residents. Here are seven of the best countries for immigration.



Toronto skyline view for those studying in canada
The Canadian Government grants special immigration points to students who have studied in Canada


Canada is a country that has always welcomed immigrants with open arms and is perhaps the best country for student immigration. It has an immigration-friendly work permit program along with a Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. These facilities are ideal for international students who want to study and work abroad. Under these programs, a student can obtain a work permit of up to 3 years, depending on the duration of their course.

Once a student lands a job, it becomes easier for him or her to apply for permanent residence after six months. Canada has a quality education system and highly renowned universities. Moreover, students get extra eligibility points for permanent residence if they have studied in Canada for more than a year.

4 ideal countries for immigration
Drop a comment if you know about any other country with friendly immigration policies



The Sydney Opera house
The cost of living in Australia can be about US$300- US$500 weekly and cost of studying in Australia can range from US$14,400 to US$26,600 annually


Australia has been ranked as one of the best countries for higher education. However, the country is also a hub for student migration. Though Australian universities have high tuition fees, it is one of the top destinations for availing immigration.

Australia changed its post-study visa policy in 2013. Since then, it has had an influx of immigrants from different parts of the world, especially South Asia. Australia’s high standard of living, its diverse and vibrant society, and a quality education system make it one of the best countries for immigration.



A view of dresden skyline and elbe river for students who want to immigrate to Germany
Germany is a popular study abroad destination because it offers international students 18 months to find a job after graduation

This picturesque country is without a doubt one of the best countries for studying abroad. Germany has several programs and degrees which offer free education for international students, regardless of their
nationality. However, international students have to take care of the high-living costs to stay in the country. They can work for as many as 90 days a year without a work permit.
Despite this stipulation, it is one of the most favorable countries for immigration. The law regarding the Entry and Residence of Highly Qualified Workers (2012) permits students to apply for residence. However, they must secure a job before their final exams and have B1 language proficiency to be eligible for it.

New Zealand

The Auckland skyline
Depending on what school you attend and what your program of study is the cost of studying in New Zealand ranges from US$9,138 to US$ 15,665

Located just south of Australia, New Zealand is a beautiful country. With its lush greenery and pleasant climate, it’s not only is it a great place to live in but also, has an excellent education system. It also offers the best immigration policies for international students.

The New Zealand government has an informative website that provides knowledge about finding programs, universities, Visa information, job opportunities, and more. International students can apply for a post-study work visa for up to 4 years through the post-study work visa.

COVID-19 News update: 

(Date: 31st July 2020)

While most consulates are still shut, the second wave of coronavirus is surging across most parts of the world. Some countries are unsure of how to respond but others have opened their gates for international students. Read this blog to get weekly updates on the steps countries and universities are taking to help international students.


View of Rio de Janerio
Higher education in Brazil can cost from around US$2000 to over US$10,000 annually

Brazil has a rich culture and an amazingly high human development index with a variety of amazing places you can visit and explore. Moreover, the country is renowned for its kind and welcoming population. It’s relatively easy to settle in Brazil although, having and proving your proficiency in Portuguese is very important.

While Brazil’s education system is not as developed as other western countries, it has an impressive number of highly ranked universities. São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Minas Gerais, etc. are some of Brazil’s most popular study destinations.


UK London Big Ben
Students can use a single personal statement to apply to five institutes at a time through the online portal of UCAS

One of the top study abroad destinations for a number of reasons, the United Kingdom is a culturally diverse and welcoming place. The lack of a language barrier will make it easy for you to connect with people, make friends, and ace your academics.

What’s more, UK universities consistently rank among the top universities in the world. So, after you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared for a challenging career. And the good news that international students can stay back for two years after graduation and look for a job or work only bodes well.


Ireland harp bridge
The average annual tuition fees for international students in Ireland is around 6000 Euros

Ireland offers a blend of rich history, city life, and beautiful nature. The Irish universities rank amongst some of the topmost universities in the world and offer courses in every possible discipline you can think of. Apart from scholarships and grants for studying in Ireland, the Irish government also offers a green card to international students. This allows them to look for a job or work in Ireland for up to a year.

Students pursuing a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) course can, in fact, work for two years after graduation before applying for permanent residency!


Singapore city
Singapore is famous for its top-ranking universities, a booming economy, and a student-friendly climate

The visa application process for Singapore is very different. Here, when you are admitted, the university sends you a student visa along with the acceptance letter itself! And it can be just as easy to stay back and work in this country.

One option is applying for the Tuition Grant Scheme offered by Singapore’s government. This will cover your tuition fees and, in return, make you sign a bond in which you will commit to working at a Singapore-registered company for three years after your graduation. And if you don’t get the grant, you can get for a job yourself and apply for a non-renewable Long Term Visit Pass of one year.

So, which country should I choose?

First of all, check which countries you’re eligible to apply to. For example, very few universities in the US accept students who’ve had only 3 years of undergraduate education. But this isn’t a problem in countries like UK and Ireland.

Second, see what course you want to pursue and which countries are known for it. France, for example, would be perfect if you want to learn perfumery!

And lastly – you might end up choosing two countries. Don’t get nervous about it. See if there are universities that suit your requirements and shortlist them accordingly.

All the best with your applications!

And if you feel like we missed out on any other countries with friendly immigration policies, feel free to drop a comment. And in case you have any questions about the best countries for immigration, you can always contact us on our website

Akanksha Vora

Bright, bold, and bubbly, Akanksha Vora is a writer at iSchoolConnect. She writes creative and curious blogs that help students with their life and studies abroad.

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