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International Students more likely to become Canadian immigrants, study shows

Updated: Jul 21

Some good news for students looking to study abroad in Canada, you are statistically more likely to become a permanent resident, according to a report by Statistics Canada.

For students who arrived after the year 2000, three in 10 of them transitioned to permanent residency in 10 years of receiving their first study permit. According to the same report, five in 10 master’s degree students, plus six in 10 doctoral degree students also made the transition during the same time.

As more immigrants come to study in Canada, the Canadian government is seeing potential in international students becoming an invaluable source of labor.

Immigrations, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reports the number of study permit holders increased from over 122,700 to 642,500 from 2000 to 2019.

Among the 2010 and 2014 study cohort, over half of the students who came from India became permanent residents within five years.


What does this mean for international students?


According to the report, students are more likely to have an easier time settling in Canada, as their experience supports many of the requirements needed to become a permanent resident. This includes language proficiency, having credential recognition, work experience, etc.

This also gives international students a head start in the labor market. As well, international graduates who worked during their studies are more likely to become a permanent resident.

According to the report, six in 10 international students who maintained employment during their studies or after graduation became landed immigrants in 10 years of receiving their first study permit.

International students, in turn, are less likely to face challenges that come with studying in another country, by having a familiarity with the culture and building social networks. This can make transitioning from international student to permanent resident much easier.


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