According to new IRCC figures, Canada is currently home to 807,750 foreign students.
Canada welcomed a record number of foreign students from 184 countries in 2022, according to new statistics from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
In addition, as of December 31, 2022, there will be 807,750 foreign students with valid study visas, which is another record high.
In recent years, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of research permits granted.
In 2021, a total of 444,260 new study permits went into effect, an increase over 2019’s figure of 400,600. (with 2020 seeing a decrease due to the COVID-19 pandemic). This indicates that 107,145 more research permits went into force in 2022 compared to 2021.
Hence, the number of students in Canada has significantly expanded. In 2019, Canada was home to 637,860 overseas students. In 2021, there will be a total of 617,315 foreign students in the country, reversing a decline in 2020 owing to pandemic pressures.
Canada will have approximately 170,000 more overseas students by the end of 2022 than it had in 2019 as a result of a relative return to normality last year.
In 2022, the top ten origin countries for new foreign students entering Canada were as follows:
- India (226,450 learners);
- China (52,165 pupils);
- Philippines (23,380 pupils);
- France (16,725 students) (16,725 students)
- Nigeria (16,195 pupils);
- Iran (13,525 pupils);
- 11 535 pupils in the Republic of Korea
- Japan (10,955 pupils);
- Mexique (10,405 students);
- Brazil (10,405 students) (10,405 students).
Furthermore, as of December 31, 2022, the top 10 countries of origin for foreign students already living and studying in Canada were as follows:
- India (319,130 pupils);
- 100,075 students from the People’s Republic of China;
- Philippines (32,455 pupils);
- France (27,135 students);
- Nigeria (21,660 pupils);
- Iran (21,115 pupils);
- Republic of Korea (16 505 pupils);
- Vietnam (16,140 pupils);
- Mexico (14.930 pupils), and
- This country (14,485 students).
In 2022, overseas students studying in Canada attended Designated Learning Institutions in the following provinces:
- Ontario (411 000 pupils),
- British Columbia (164 000 pupils);
- Québec (93,000 pupils);
- Alberta (43,000 pupils);
- Manitoba (22,000 pupils);
- Nova Scotia (20,850 pupils);
- Saskatchewan (13,135 students);
- New Brunswick (11,140 pupils);
- Newfoundland and Labrador (6,175 pupils);
- The Province of Ontario (4,485 students).
There are a number of reasons why Canada remains a top destination for foreign students, such as the quality of the education, the lower cost of living, the ease of getting employment, and the post-graduation immigration options.
Why are overseas students so attracted to Canada?
In fact, according to recent research by IDP, a worldwide student placement firm specializing in international education, Canada is by far the most popular destination for foreign students.
The outstanding level of education available in Canada contributes to the country’s solid status. Several Canadian institutions are ranked among the most respected abroad (especially when considering specific programmes and faculties). As a result, Canadian schools are recognized internationally, which is crucial in luring overseas students.
Since the Canadian dollar’s exchange rate is more advantageous than that of its competitors, it converts to foreign currencies more effectively. This implies that foreign students may acquire a postsecondary education at a lesser cost than in the United States or the United Kingdom. Depending on the region, institution, and programme of study, the average cost of an undergraduate education in Canada ranges from $20,000 to $40,000 CDN. In addition, Canada provides a variety of financial assistance programmes for overseas students, reducing their financial burdens.
The freedom to work inside the country has further improved Canada’s attractiveness among international students. After completing their studies in Canada, international graduates are eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). This is an open work visa that permits students to remain and work full-time in Canada after graduation, a crucial stage in the immigration process for foreign graduates in Canada (more on this later). Also, international graduates in Canada have a high employment rate, averaging 73% among all graduates. Last year, 132,650 full-time students moved into the workforce via the PGWP programme, with an annual increase in the number of PGWP recipients who join the workforce.
In addition, foreign students with valid study permission may now work an unrestricted number of hours throughout school semesters until the conclusion of the academic year 2023. This legislative reform allows students to sustain themselves (under their existing status) with more flexibility than is provided in other countries; it also enables them to establish themselves in the Canadian labour market throughout their academic years.
Post-graduation immigration options
Canada is one of the few nations that allows overseas students to stay permanently in the nation. In addition, earning a Canadian education is one of the most effective strategies to boost one’s immigration eligibility.
The journey from student to immigrant often includes earning a PGWP and gaining the minimum required full-time work experience (one year). Students may seek permanent residency in Canada via one of the country’s immigration schemes. The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) has been established as a specialised stream under Express Entry-managed programmes to accommodate these people (CEC).
The fact that 53,725 persons transitioned from PGWP to permanent residency in Canada alone in the last year demonstrates both the desirability and accessibility of immigration for overseas students who want to become permanent residents of Canada.
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