Most Students who choose to study in Canada can obtain PR easily in future
Canada, besides being a popular destination for immigration, it is being chosen by students worldwide for higher education. According to the latest numbers recorded, there has been a significant increase in the number of international students enrolling in Canadian Universities for the academic year 2017-2018. It has also been noted that most of the international students who choose to study in Canada, apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit, and at a later point of time utilize their work experience gained through PGWP to become Canadian permanent residents. Many stakeholders have attributed this increase to a growing perception of Canada as stable and welcoming destination for students, especially during this crucial time of political chaos in major international countries.
In terms of hosting international students too, Canada is among the top-ten study destinations of the world. Since 2008, study permits have been more effective and the number of study permits issued by Canada has doubled by each passing year. According to the statistics, in 2008 about 128,411 study permits were issued. Until 2016 arrived, this figure increased to 267,780. Moreover, by the end of 2016 more than 414,000 study permits became active. While this just a brief statistics, there are many students who study in Canada without a study permit.
Talking in terms of the most chosen provinces, with best Universities, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec are listed among the top numbers. University of Toronto, Brock University, Concordia University of Alberta, etc. are few to list here that have recorded highest percentage increase in the number of students that were admitted for higher international studies.
Significant increase in PGWP of Canada
With the increase in number of international students opting for Canada, there has been a significant increase in the number of Post Graduate Work Permit. A PGWP has been a great pathway for students to obtain Permanent Residency of Canada and work in Canada while their PR application is in process. When we compare the stats of PGWP issued in 2008 & 2016, the number has doubled to a great extent- approx. 15,600 PGWP holders in 2016 & approx. 101,000 PGWP holders in 2016.
Canada’s aim to retain international students
Canada’s immigration system encourages international graduates and has always aimed to enable international students to remain in Canada after graduation. This is very significant by the success of students who received Canada PR in 2016. 30,000 students who were residing in Canada on a study permit became Canadian permanent residents in 2016. Among them, a majority or more than 75 percent were economic immigrations i.e. they became permanent residents neither through any family member/relative or spouse sponsorship nor through refugee/humanitarian programs.
Moreover, to encourage foreign students stay back in the country as permanent residents On November 19, 2016 IRCC introduced policies in support of international students. As of the new policy, candidates with Canadian educational credentials would be given an additional score & this has made international graduates more competitive in the Express Entry Pool. Since this policy has been introduced, over 46 percent of ITAs were obtained by international graduates, whereas pre-policy introduction it was only 31 percent of international graduates who were able to receive ITAs for Canada Permanent Residency.
Hence, by all this we understand that with the predicted decrease in Canada CRS and the advantage of additional points for international students, Canada PR can be as easy as a-b-c for students who opt to study in Canada. If you too are looking for guidance on how to study or settle in Canada, ask our experts for best & free information today.