According to recent IRCC data, Canada received a record 551,405 foreign students in 2022, coming from 184 different countries. There will also be an all-time high of 807,750 international students with valid study visas as of December 31st, 2022.
In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of research permits issued. Accordingly, 107,145 more study permits went into force in 2022 than they did in 2021. As a result, there are also significantly more students in Canada. There were 637,860 foreign students studying in Canada in 2019. Due to pandemic pressures, this number fell in 2020. By the end of 2022, Canada will have approximately 170,000 more overseas students than it did in 2019 thanks to a relative return to normalcy last year.
Canada’s top 10 source countries of international students are as follows:
Source Country No. of students immigrated to Canada No. of students already studying India 226,450 319,130 China 52,165 100,075 Philippines 23,380 32,455 France 16,725 27,135 Nigeria 16,195 21,660 Iran 13,525 21,115 Republic of Korea 11,535 16,505 Japan 10,955 —— Mexico 10,405 14,930 Brazil 10,405 Vietnam ——- 16,140 United States ——- 14,485
Canada Being a Popular Among International Students
Canada continues to be a popular choice for international students for a number of reasons, including the quality of instruction, affordable living expenses, the availability of employment prospects, and immigration opportunities after graduation. In fact, a recent study by IDP, an organisation that specialises in placing students around the world, revealed that Canada was by far the most popular choice among foreign students worldwide.
Along with providing high-quality education at competitive prices, Canada also sets the bar by offering job opportunities and immigration options after graduation.
Canada’s Post-Graduation Immigration Program
Canada is one of the few countries that allows overseas students the possibilities to reside permanently in the country. Additionally, one of the best methods to improve one’s eligibility for immigration is to pursue a Canadian education.
Typically, earning a PGWP and accumulating the minimal amount of acceptable full-time work experience are required steps on the road from student to immigrant. From this point, students can use one of Canada’s immigration processes to seek for permanent residence. Even within the Express Entry-managed programs, a specific stream called the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) has been established with these persons in mind. Moreover, 53,725 persons made the switch from PGWP to permanent residence just in 2022.